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Conveyancing in Bowthorpe Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/04/17

Buying a residential property in the area? Pertinent local Bowthorpe public transport and public service facts -

The closest airport to Bowthorpe is Norwich International Airport. The nearest train station to Bowthorpe is Norwich.

Norwich, Old Watton Rd is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

We need a cheap Bowthorpe solicitor to buy a house. and what is included?

A.

Many solicitors purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied property buyers and sellers Any disbursements should also be clearly stated on the quote. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

Q.

Will my assigned conveyancing solicitor in Bowthorpe inform me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band E townhouse prior to exchange?

A.

A conveyancer will contact the governing South Norfolk local authority to discover the currently applicable council tax band and rates, which should be written in the conveyancing report on title. Up-to-date rates for properties in Bowthorpe are set out in detail online at the South Norfolk council site. At the time of authoring (30 June 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,023.00
  • Band B - £1,194.00
  • Band C - £1,364.00
  • Band D - £1,535.00
  • Band E - £1,876.00
  • Band F - £2,217.00
  • Band G - £2,558.00
  • Band H - £3,070.00

Q.

We are purchasing in Bowthorpe. How do I establish whether the building is in a conservation area?

A.

The areas near or within Bowthorpe will include numerous areas of 'special architectural and historic interest' designated as conservation areas. Living in a conservation area can mean better maintained homes and gardens, but the restrictions can make repairs more costly or time-consuming. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

Q.

Is lead contamination regularly sampled in Bowthorpe soil?

A.

Policies and legislation are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. The local authority for Bowthorpe will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

How do you work out SDLT and what will it be on a £449000 Bowthorpe property?

A.

The Stamp Duty you will owe depends on the purchase price of the home. On a £449000 home, stamp duty will be £13470.

Q.

What does my conveyancing searches cost?

A.

Searches range in cost, depending on the searches required. These searches are will be charged at cost.

Q.

We are buying a sixties investment flat in one of the Bowthorpe conservation area. How does one find data in relation to the state of upkeep of the conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas are specified by the local authority (South Norfolk) who govern everything from what can be developed to the blockage of traffic signs. English Heritage, a government body, have created records of the condition of conservation areas.

Q.

Will we need a home surveyor to check for issues affecting our house purchase?

A.

It is strongly recommended that home buyers book a RICS surveyor to perform a survey when purchasing in Bowthorpe. There are a range of defects that can affect a property. These can include corrosion of pipework, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

 
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