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Conveyancing in Broadstairs Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Broadstairs -

By road: Broadstairs is served by the A254 and A555. By rail: The nearest train station is Broadstairs. By air: Broadstairs is closest to Rochester Airport (46 miles).

Hospital: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, St. Peter’s Road, Margate, CT9 4AN. Council: Thanet District (www.thanet.gov.uk).

Attractions: Viking Bay, North Foreland Lighthouse, Pierremont Park, Botany Bay, Dickens House Museum, and Crampton Tower Museum.

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Are you geared up for moving fast on the conveyancing of residential auction properties in Broadstairs?

In fact, Homeward Legal deals with auctions throughout the UK and frequently take instructions from buyers and sellers. It is a shrewd move for auction-buyers to pick their firm as early as possible to allow enough time for a thorough review of the legal papers prior to the actual auction. Thereafter, your now-prepared lawyer can be fully focused on completing the purchase in a month as conventionally required. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to one of our specialist auction team members, you could on 0800 038 6699.

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I am intending to purchase a property in East Barming, so should we get a chancel search?

Your solicitor could certainly recommend procuring a chancel search. In Broadstairs' much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the previous owners, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

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Are there many areas of conservation in Broadstairs?

Buyers in Broadstairs should be aware that there are several local conservation areas. Your solicitor will be able to advise further and discuss the relevant responsibilities, with regards to specific conservation areas in Broadstairs.

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Doing one’s own conveyancing in Broadstairs without a property solicitor seems like a good way to reduce costs, but would it be foolhardy?

There is no legal impediment why you shouldn’t engage in the legal and technical conveyancing work without the assistance of an expert solicitor in Broadstairs if you really wanted to. However, a property lawyer typically handles a long list of actions (such as approving completion statements, or reading and interpreting the lease), many of which are better done by someone with training and experience. Even more importantly, DIY-conveyancers will not be covered by the appropriate insurance cover, which qualified legal firms are required to carry by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Our team at Homeward Legal is waiting for your call and to help on 0800 038 6699.

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To complete on our freehold residence purchase in Broadstairs as quickly as possible, how can we guarantee fast conveyancing?

As is often stated by Homeward Legal, employing a proactive and diligent solicitor as soon as possible is crucial to fast conveyancing. Beyond that, there are numerous tasks you, as the purchaser, could do, such as:

  • arranging your mortgage offer early
  • keeping in regular contact with the solicitor and applying pressure if you suspect any unnecessary delays
  • completing and returning all forms as soon as possible
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Is tenancy agreement vetting a fee or disbursement?

It may not be obvious whether an itemised charge is a fee or a disbursement in most legal practices’ quotes and bills because of the way they

present the charges and the terminology they use. However, this charge is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your quote.

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Our £759,000 purchase in Broadstairs is completing soon, so what will be calculated for the stamp duty?

The Stamp Duty payable is dependent on the property's value, and is triggered if it is bought for more than £125,000. On a £759,000 house, the stamp duty will be £27,950.

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How long should I expect it to take our property solicitor to complete all of the conveyancing work for the top floor of house we want to buy in Broadstairs?

The conveyancing process can take anywhere from three weeks to three months, and it can be hampered by a number of factors such as the speed of the vendor’s lawyer, or the communication with managing agents. Our proactive property lawyers at Homeward Legal are highly focused on communication and completing the process as speedily as realistically possible, with a target of at most six weeks. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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Is contaminated land in Broadstairs an issue?

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Property in Broadstairs is contaminated by numerous naturally-occurring factors. Issues including radioactive substances in the region will be investigated during the conveyancing process.

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What does the Broadstairs property solicitor do when the property I want to buy is located in a registered conservation area and has unsuitable stone cladding installed?

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The solicitor will always identify whether the property is within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have appropriate consents from the Thanet authority.

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Is there a risk that our purchase will be gazumped?

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This happens when a house seller approves a buyer's offer and then rejects it, selecting instead a higher offer. Gazumping could occur days before contracts are due to be exchanged. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of gazumping. Instructing a solicitor as soon as possible is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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We are buying on a Broadstairs brownfield site. What should we do regarding selenium (Se) soil contamination?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Broadstairs, but an plot will be marked as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life is unacceptable. The local authority for Broadstairs will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Is it necessary that we get a chancel liability search? We are buying a flat conversion on the same street as rectory land in Broadstairs.

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Broadstairs property likely to be affected. A chancel search is used to check that such a liability exists. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Church of England properties in the area where a chancel search may be appropriate include Holy Trinity.

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Doing ones own conveyancing without a Broadstairs property solicitor is becoming possible as a seller of a house. Would it be foolhardy ?

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If you want to have a go you can conceivably engage in the legal and technical work without engaging an expert solicitor in Broadstairs. However, a property solicitor typically handles a long list of actions such as approving completion statements or reading the lease many of which are better done by someone with training.

Even more importantly DIY conveyancers will not be covered by appropriate insurance cover which qualified legal firms are required by the SRA to obtain.

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Are there many areas of conservation in Broadstairs?

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Buyers in Broadstairs should be aware of a range of local conservation areas. Your solicitor will be able to advise further and discuss the relevant responsibilities, regarding specific conservation areas in Broadstairs.