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Conveyancing in Benson Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

Moving into a property in Benson? Useful local travel and services facts and figures ;

The nearest airport to Benson is Booker, Wycombe Air Park Airport (13 miles). Kidlington Airport is 17 miles, White Waltham Airport is 17 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 24 miles and Booker Airport is 14 miles away and Cholsey train station is almost 4 miles from Benson.

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Benson area info

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Wallingford St Peter Churches Conservation Trust and Newnham Murren St Mary Churches Conservation Trust are around Benson.

The most convenient hospital for Benson is Wallingford Community.

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I need to find a property lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing in Benson. Can you assist?

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Confusion over this topic catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately additional charges will be included in the terms and conditions. Any additional charges found in terms of engagement should be fair and clearly defined. Your quote should list third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.

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How can we determine stamp duty, and what should it be on a £581000 Benson house?

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The Stamp Duty you pay is calculated based on the purchase price. On a £581000 house, stamp duty will be £23240.*

*Correct as of 12/03/2013

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Do we need a building survey for this Benson property purchase?

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We recommend that all purchasers arrange a building survey if you are intending to buy in Benson. It is a fact that there are a wide range of defects which can affect a property, that will not be addressed during the conveyancing process, including blocked drains or roof spread.

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The Benson property being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Can the topsoil still be contaminated?

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Even where some contamination has occurred in Benson, risk levels are usually low. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like silage and hazardous gases.

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I am going to sell our jointly owned residence in a hurry at a Benson property auction, can Homeward Legal allocate fast solicitors in Benson ?

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Homeward Legal has an extremely active approach to completing the legal process to meet the clients needs. Our solicitors method is different - we always use modern productivity systems .

Crucially we look after you with a company prepared to exert pressure through all parts of the chain .

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Can you suggest how we get out of paying stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally due for home purchases sold for over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Stamp duty reduction should not be considered. Such schemes are expensive and very risky.

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If we are intending to purchase in the parish of Cuxham, are we advised to get a chancel search?

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Whichever Benson parish you are purchasing in, a lawyer is likely to recommend a chancel search. In older areas of Benson, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on the owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Cuxham, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Will our Benson property lawyer inform me about the cost of the council tax for a Band B townhouse before completing on the purchase?

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The homes relevant band will commonly be reported in the report on title, and by the local council Correct charges for homes in Benson are listed online at the South Oxfordshire local authority site. At the time of authoring, 30 October 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,005.00
  • Band B - £1,172.00
  • Band C - £1,340.00
  • Band D - £1,507.00
  • Band E - £1,842.00
  • Band F - £2,177.00
  • Band G - £2,512.00
  • Band H - £3,015.00