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Conveyancing in Beaminster Q & A's

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Updated: 23/07/17

Thinking of moving to the area? Handy nearby travel and services facts -

Beaminster's nearest airport is Exeter International Airport (30 miles). and the closest station to Beaminster is Crewkerne, approximately 5 miles away.

Bridport Community is a nearby hospital to Beaminster.


How do I find affordable conveyancing in Beaminster?


Numerous firms claim to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement which unwary buyers fail to check. Any charges listed in terms of engagement needs to be reasonable and clear. They only come into force where the conveyancer must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. A quote should also clearly state any disbursements.


What average time should it take my assigned conveyancing solicitor to complete the conveyancing process on a flat in a Thirties property we are intending to purchase in Beaminster?


Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere between a month and 12 weeks, which can depend on a number of issues such as the efficiency of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the speed of managing agents.

Our conveyancing solicitors are focused on communication completing the legal process as promptly we can.


Has soil in Beaminster been contaminated by tungsten?


Though the dangers are usually minor, if significant harm could be caused to people or protected species by the contamination, it is likely to be labelled contaminated land. Other sources of contaminated land include water contaminants such as hydrocarbons.


Will the property report compiled by the Beaminster lawyer give details about the amount of council tax for a house prior to exchange?

A property solicitor will consult with the appropriate West Dorset local authority to reveal the latest council tax band and rates, which will be included in the report on title. Correct charges for homes in Beaminster are detailed on the West Dorset council site. At the time of writing, 18 June 2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,069.00
  • Band B - £1,247.00
  • Band C - £1,425.00
  • Band D - £1,604.00
  • Band E - £1,960.00
  • Band F - £2,316.00
  • Band G - £2,673.00
  • Band H - £3,207.00


Would ordering a house survey be necessary when purchasing a house?


It is advised that purchasers book a home buyer survey. It is a fact that there are a wide range of defects which will impact a property, for example failed double glazing, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.


What sort of local checks concerning the risk of flooding in the Dorset region will the Beaminster lawyer actually conduct for a Sixties house I am purchasing?


A property conveyancer conducts property conveyancing searches that incorporate Beaminster flood risk area data. A more thorough flood search (e.g. Landmark) will typically be recommended by the solicitor in Beaminster if in the event that the enviro. search suggest a flood risk.


Can you address how I bypass paying stamp duty land tax?


Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally due for homes valued at over 125,000 pounds. We firmly advise against any stamp duty reduction scheme. Such schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.


What does the Beaminster property solicitor do when the property we am buying is in a registered conservation area and has unauthorised doors fitted?


Your property lawyer is required to identify if the property is located within a conservation area and whether any modifications have the requisite consents from the local council.

Should no appropriate permissions be produced, your conveyancing solicitor will advise you of the best alternative like obtaining an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective consent from the council.