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Conveyancing in Berkshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Moving to a home in Berkshire? Helpful nearby travel and services facts ;

Berkshire's closest airport is Blackbushe Airport (21 miles). White Waltham Airport is 23 miles, and Booker Airport is 23 miles away and Newbury Racecourse station is approximately 5 miles from Berkshire.

Berkshire is of the M4 junction entry 13 Eastbound.

West Berkshire Community Newbury is the closest hospital for Berkshire.

Q.

We are looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Berkshire. What should we check?

A.

Various law firms advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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When do I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Berkshire?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Berkshire, the earlier, the better, as there are a number of tasks that may be performed very early in the process. A number of sources suggest holding off instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.

Q.

How is Stamp Duty Land Tax determined, and how much should it be on a £923000 property?

A.

Stamp Duty will rely on the purchase price. It is £36920 on a £923000 property.

Q.

I have taken out a quote from you. May we end up paying any hidden charges when the transaction completes?

A.

No. Homeward Legal will not charge any additional costs for any reason. A Homeward Legal conveyancing quote is an honest and accurate price the legal costs for your transaction.

Q.

How is Berkshire contaminated land investigated when buying a house?

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Residential property can be contaminated by many natural causes. Contaminants including local waste transfer sites or overhead transmission lines will be reported on in environmental search results. Hermitage Farm, Bradley Court Road, Berkshire, RG18 9XZcould be a local cause of land contamination in Berkshire.

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Which local authority is responsible for Berkshire?

  • Berkshire intersects with the following local authorities: Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell, RG12 1AQ, Call: 01344 352 000
  • Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR, Call: 0117 922 2000
  • Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE, Call: 01252 622 122
  • London Borough of Hillingdon Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1UW, Call: 01895 250111
  • Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7AE, Call: 0118 937 3737
  • Slough Borough Council, Landmark Place, High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1JL, Call: 01753 475 111
  • West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 5LD, Call: 01635 42400
  • West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 5LD, Call: 01635 42401
  • Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1RF, Call: 01628 683 800
  • Wokingham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN, Call: 0118 974 6000
  • Wycombe District Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1BB, Call: 01494 461 000
  • Q.

    We are going to buy a unique investment flat in the middle of a Berkshire conservation area, where does one find more details in relation to the state of upkeep?

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    Conservation areas are designated by the local authority (Reading) who are responsible for conservation area concerns from building materials used to the prohibition of poorly maintained roads. English Heritage have assembled records of the state of repair of conservation areas in Berkshire and across England.

    Q.

    What will the council tax cost me on a period Band B apartment in Berkshire?

    A.

    Your relevant band should in most cases be given as part of the title report along with the governing local authority

    Council tax charges for residents of Berkshire are detailed on the Reading local authority site. At the time of authoring (26 July 2012) the different rates are:

    • Band A - £999.00
    • Band B - £1,166.00
    • Band C - £1,332.00
    • Band D - £1,499.00
    • Band E - £1,832.00
    • Band F - £2,165.00
    • Band G - £2,498.00
    • Band H - £2,998.00

     
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