Conveyancing In Boston Q & A's
Are any of the protected Boston conservation areas are in a neglected state?
The register of the state of repair of conservation areas is assessed by English Heritage (formerly Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England) and this information is listed at their website - Boston is noted as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition. Tel: 01205 314200 for more information.
How is Boston contaminated land identified?
Land in Boston could be contaminated by several natural causes and human activities, like coal mining. An environmental search will give more detail. Contamination can be caused by Boston waste sites, including Slippery Gowt Lane, Wyberton, PE21 7AA.
What are searches, and how do they differ from a survey?
Searches are a set of enquiries carried out by your surveyor to various authorities such as the local council, HM Land Registry, etc., and focuses on the impact of the local area on your potential enjoyment of living at the property, while a survey (a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey) is focused on the structural integrity of the home and its permanent outbuildings and constructions.
While each may throw up similar issues (such as missing planning consents or boundary issues), they are very different and achieve very different purposes.
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Is there a benefit to going to auction over a standard estate agent sale?
The majority of homes sold via an estate agent will be in a reasonable condition and usually modernised, whereas auction properties will often require a lot of modernisation or structural work before it can be lived in. That’s not to say you can’t use either for your sale, of course, irrespective of the state of the property.
Whichever option you choose, you should line up a focused, proactive solicitor on a fixed-fee agreement protected by a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. You should appoint them as early as possible, too, so that the conveyancing work can start immediately – this is particularly important for auctions, as there is usually a four-week completion stipulation on its sale.
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In what ways does a Boston conveyancing solicitor report on the potential risk of floods at Boston?
A crucial step in the legal procedure of purchasing a property involves the solicitor applying for environmental searches that go in some details in relation to Boston flood risk area data.
Should I select a property lawyer who works with by my estate agent?
It is not uncommon for agents to endorse a solicitors firm. Such referrals should be thoroughly considered, as the agent may recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
Property environmental searches may be fine but with recent flooding for instance the major flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands are they sufficient to verify sufficient information about the ever changing Boston flood risk area?
Conveyancing searches conducted by your Boston conveyancing solicitor will include the far more detailed flood search if it is felt necessary.
If you are still anxious it may be worth trying to get in touch with a local resident.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
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