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.
Our solicitors at Homeward Legal are willing and happy to explain anything you don't understand in the conveyancing, because you need to know what you're getting for our competitively-priced fixed fee. Call our team on 0800 038 6699.
What will the council tax cost on a Fifties Band G apartment in BourtOn the Water?
Your relevant band will, more often than not, be given within the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority. The correct charges for BourtOn the Water are published at the Cotswold council website. As at, 22 July 2012, rates are as follows:
- Band A - £994.00
- Band B - £1,160.00
- Band C - £1,325.00
- Band D - £1,491.00
- Band E - £1,822.00
- Band F - £2,154.00
- Band G - £2,485.00
- Band H - £2,982.00
What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
Is contaminated land in Bourton on the Water a problem for the majority of residences?
Residential property in Bourton on the Water could be contaminated by a wide range of naturally-occurring factors. Issues like hazardous and regulated installations and sand or gravel pits will be considered as part of the environmental searches.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
How early do we need to instruct a solicitor to act on our purchase?
Whether buying or selling, the sooner you instruct a firm, the better, as the legal work can start very early in the process. Some groups advocate postponing instruction until the offer is accepted, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.
Will the Bourton on the Water conveyancing solicitor get any searches on the Gloucestershire Regency end-of-terrace home I am buying?
The routine procedure will be to get these searches - Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and occasionally special local Bourton on the Water searches such as HS2 report.
Is your solicitor team able to move quickly on the conveyancing for residential property auction properties in Bourton on the Water?
Our team are auction specialists and do frequently work for bidders at auction. It is a shrewd move for purchasers to pick a SRA regulated property lawyer as rapidly as they can to allow enough time for an investigation of the legal papers before the auction.
After the actual auction your appointed lawyer will be focused on finishing the legal work in a as tight time frame as typically required .