Conveyancing In Bridport Q & A's
What particular search enquiries should my Bridport property solicitor get when instructed on a Bridport property?
The common procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW), Environment Search, Tin Mining Search and China Clay Search and occasionally special local Bridport searches, which might include SIM.
We have a found a freehold property to buy. How do we organise a fast exchange and completion?
It is well established that contacting a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to fast conveyancing. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:
- Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
The home being purchased is on a former industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like vanadium (V)?
With the history of industry in parts of Bridport, soil contamination is inescapable. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Bridport, including local authorities.
If I am purchasing near Bridport, in the parish of Toller Porcorum, do we need a chancel search?
A conveyancing lawyer could advise a chancel search, irrespective of the parish in which the house being purchased is found. Although some church councils have decided to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish which has not imposed liability will remain liability-free for new owners.
Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
How many weeks will it take for my conveyancing solicitor to complete all of the conveyancing work on a flat in a house?
Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere between one month and 3 months, which can depend on a number of issues e.g. the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the communication, with managing agents. Homeward Legal's conveyancers in Bridport are very focused on speed and communication, with a view to you moving home in as little time as achievable.
Do you need a chancel search? We are buying close to a rectory manor in Bridport.
The result of a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Bridport must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Churches in this area include St Mary.