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Conveyancing in Benfleet Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/04/17

Moving into a house in Benfleet? Practical local Benfleet transport and services facts ;

Benfleet train station is almost 1 mile from Benfleet and Benfleet's closest airport is London, Southend Airport. London City Airport is 23 miles, London Airport is 6 miles and Rochester Airport is 14 miles away.

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Local points of interest in Benfleet

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Rayleigh Windmill, Hadleigh Castle Country Park Country Park and Watt Tyler Pitsea Country Park are around Benfleet.

The closest hospital is Basildon, University.

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How do I find fixed rate conveyancing?

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Confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional charges are often hiding in the small print. These terms are often ignored by excited homeowners, eager to get underway. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, how do we ensure a fast conveyancing process?

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Experienced buyers will tell you that a fast conveyancing transaction is key is to employing a experienced conveyancer. Consider the following:

  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

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Our estate agent has offered the conveyancing solicitor that they have used before. Will it be faster to use them?

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An agent in Hilton will push a conveyancer. These referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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I am shortly going to be moving from our terraced building in Benfleet to our new abode in Barkingside what is the right point to choose a home removal firm?

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Most property lawyers tend to advocate that home buyers and sellers hold off arranging removals until the point where contracts have exchanged has occurred as generally a definitive moving date wont have been formalised. Some firms add an additional a cancellation payment . Local removals firms include Mac Transport, 45 Woodlow, Benfleet, SS7 3RQ Call: 01268 771205 or Essex Moves, High Rd, Benfleet, SS7 5AD Telephone: 01268 758508.

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Is it recommended that I get a chancel search? I am buying a home in Benfleet.

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Property owners in a neighbourhood near a medieval church must contribute towards the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. A chancel search addresses if such a liability exists. The solicitor acting on your behalf will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Churches in Benfleet where chancel liability may apply include New Thundersley St George.

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For a property valued at £693k. What should be determined for SDLT?

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The Stamp Duty Land Tax owed is based on the purchase price. It is £27720 on a £693k property.

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What type of conveyancing searches in respect to the risk and history of local flooding in the Essex area will the property lawyer in Benfleet actually conduct?

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A conveyancer conducts standard formal environmental searches that incorporate Benfleet historical flood risk information. A more involved conveyancing search (e.g. Landmark) will typically be suggested by the conveyancer in Benfleet if in the event that the environmental search highlight a flood risk.

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Will the Benfleet solicitor tell me about the cost of council tax for a Band D maisonette before completion?

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Your property solicitor will approach the council to reveal the applicable council tax band and rates, which should be written in the title report. Up-to-date rates for properties in Benfleet are tabled online at the Castle Point local authority website. At the time of writing on 14 July 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,019.00
  • Band B - £1,188.00
  • Band C - £1,358.00
  • Band D - £1,528.00
  • Band E - £1,867.00
  • Band F - £2,207.00
  • Band G - £2,546.00
  • Band H - £3,056.00

 
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