How do I confirm that a building is in a conservation area?
Conservation areas safeguard streets and neighbourhoods recognised as being of architectural or historic interest. The property solicitor handling your purchase can advise further and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.
I am buying at auction and need ensure a fast conveyancing transaction, how could we accelerate the process?
As is widely reported, instructing a proactive, diligent property lawyer is key faster conveyancing. Furthermore, there are a range of things you can also do to accelerate the process, such as, asking for property searches to be ordered immediately, completing all forms as soon as possible and ordering a property survey early in the transaction.
How early should we get a conveyancer to act on our sale?
Simply, as soon as possible, as there are a number of tasks that can be carried out immediately. Early instruction of a solicitor to act on your Brockley sale or purchase could mitigate the chance of your purchase or sale stalling.
How much is the council tax on a Fifties terraced property in Brockley?
Customarily the conveyancer's title report will cover the Lewisham council tax band. Council tax rates for residents of Brockley are tabled at the Lewisham local authority site. As of 06 February 2013 rates are:
- Band A - £899.00
- Band B - £1,049.00
- Band C - £1,199.00
- Band D - £1,349.00
- Band E - £1,649.00
- Band F - £1,948.00
- Band G - £2,248.00
- Band H - £2,698.00
What specific things do I need to look out for if I’m buying a house on the coast?
With worsening weather and floods now becoming increasingly commonplace, with the media remarking on it in depth, buying a property that has a likelihood of flooding is a difficult decision to make. Not only is there the issue of cleaning up if it does flood, but insurance premiums will be much higher (and perhaps even prohibitive).
For homes in coastal areas, there is also the problem of coastal erosion, where some properties have been seen to literally fall into the sea.
However, the good news is that picking a home in a coastal region doesn’t automatically mean that it’s going to be subject to flooding or that it’s eventually going to slip into the sea. The searches ordered by your conveyancing solicitor will identify the level of risk associated with the property and, based on this, your solicitor may recommend that you take out specialist reports (e.g. from Landmark or other organisations) to get a more in-depth description of the risks and options. These are in addition to the standard set and will be charged to you as a disbursement at cost.
Your surveyor will also be able to identify evidence of previous floods and other problems during their inspection and provide advice in their report. If the problems are considered sufficiently severe, the surveyor may also note the specifics for further investigation by your conveyancing solicitor.
Should I get a house survey?
Homeward Legal strongly recommend that most purchasers arrange a survey. There are a range of defects that have a negative impact on a property, including poor drainage. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.