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Conveyancing in Brandon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

Brandon area information

Weeting Castle English Heritage and Grimes Graves English Heritage are situated in Brandon.

Brandon's closest airport is Cambridge City Airport (25 miles). The closest train station to Brandon is Brandon.

The nearest hospital is Swaffham Community.


How do I find the best conveyancing rates in Brandon for a £633,000 house?


Several law firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be listed on your conveyancing quote Any costs listed in your solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable.


Brandon lawyers order some property when they are instructed to act for a purchaser - what specific searches?


If you are applying for a mortgage the mortgage lender requires you to a solicitor to get at least these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and possibly less common searches, which may include a Development reports.


If we plan to purchase in the parish of Little Horningsheath, do we need a chancel search?


Regardless of the Brandon parish in which you are purchasing, the solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair can be imposed on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.


I am buying a £629000. How is stamp duty calculated?


The SDLT you must pay is calculated based on the home's value. On a £629000 residential property in Brandon, stamp duty will be £25160.*

*Correct February 2013


I must achieve a very fast sale, does your panel use fast property lawyers in Brandon ?


Homeward Legal adopts a highly efficient plan of attack to finishing the conveyancing process as fast as possible.

By utilising cutting edge land registry integrated systems .

We assign you a CQS conveyancer qualified to communicate by phone and email with everyone in the buyer and seller chain e.g. mortgage lenders, to bring about a quick completion.


Does our Brandon property solicitor report back to me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band D building before exchanging contracts?


Your homes appropriate band will usually be reported within the report on title, and by the local council

Council tax rates for Brandon are tabled on the Forest Heath local authority site. At the time of writing on 14 December 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,007.00
  • Band B - £1,175.00
  • Band C - £1,343.00
  • Band D - £1,510.00
  • Band E - £1,846.00
  • Band F - £2,182.00
  • Band G - £2,517.00
  • Band H - £3,021.00


Do we need to employ the firm of solicitors suggested by my estate agent?


Both agents and mortgage brokers may suggest a solicitors firm. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.


Which local authority is responsible for Brandon?


Brandon is located in Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8HG, contact: 01594 810 000