If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
For fast conveyancing to buy a £303,000 residence, how could we accelerate the process?
Most importantly, fast conveyancing is key is to use a proactive, diligent lawyer. There are a number of tasks you could do to accelerate the process. These include:
- arranging any finances require to complete the purchase
- asking for property searches to be ordered immediately
- answering any queries raised by your lawyer as soon as possible
Should we opt for a conveyancing who works with by the local agent?
Estate agent recommendations are a common way to find a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, there is a risk that an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.
Is there a checklist for buyers or sellers helping to decide what’s most important?
The process of buying and selling is a complex one, so it’s helpful for your research to have checklists to ensure nothing is forgotten. There are several online resources with checklists for individual aspects of the moving process, including what to consider as a first-time buyer, help to buy schemes, removals, speeding up conveyancing and so on.
When it comes to deciding what you want for your new home to help you narrow down the choice of locations and types of property available, this is largely down to personal choice, so a standardised checklist might limit your requirements. You can talk to an estate agent about what you want as they will have the experience to narrow down your options. However, you need to consider the size of the property (number of rooms, bathroom facilities, bedrooms, etc.), size of garden, proximity to public transport links, noise, entertainment options (e.g. cinema, pub, eateries, etc.), access to off-road parking, schools, speed of broadband, and so on. Consider making a list of what the property must have and an associated wish list so that likely compromises can be made.
If Botley land is found to be contaminated, can the soil be inexpensively remediated?
Remediation is often feasible, though expensive. A local specialist such as Hack J R, 3 Maddoxford Way, Botley, Southampton, SO32 2DW may be able to provide additional information.
Having heard about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record I am questioning whether flood searches may not be exacting enough?
Your property solicitor in Botley will consider get additional flood searches if the standard searches determine a the local Botley flood risk
Property purchasers sometimes converse with a next door neighbour for some further assurance.