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Conveyancing in Burford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 29/04/17

Handy local Burford transport and services information

Shipton train station is about 4 miles from Burford. The closest airport to Burford is Kidlington, Oxford Airport (14 miles). Kidlington Airport is 15 miles and Gloucester Airport is 23 miles away.

Witney is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

I need to find a cheap Burford solicitor to sell a residence. What do we need to consider?

A.

Many property lawyers promote so-called cheap conveyancing. Often additional fees are often hiding in the small print. A conveyancing quote should list any disbursements.

Q.

My agent has named a law firm that they have used before. Do I need to instruct this firm?

A.

The Brigg agent can influence a conveyancing solicitor they refer many clients to, and can therefore exert pressure on a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. These referrals must be carefully considered, as an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Burford?

A.

Burford is located in West Oxfordshire Council, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX28 1PB Tel: 01993 861420

Q.

Do you recommend that I get a chancel liability search? We are purchasing near a 16th Century 'parson's close' in Burford.

Property owners in Burford may be subject to chancel repair liability. As a result of the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Ecclesiastical properties in Burford where a chancel search may be appropriate include Asthall St Nicholas, St John the Baptist and St Mary.

Q.

What type of flood plain searches as respects the uncertain risk of local flooding to properties in Oxfordshire will a solicitor in Burford apply for?

A.

An important part of the legal due diligence procedure involves the conveyancing lawyer conducting environmental searches that give you some details about the potential Burford area flood risk.

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like copper (Cu)?

A.

There are wide-ranging regulations imposed to limit topsoil contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as asbestos, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

Is a Homebuyer Report required if we are purchasing property in Burford?

A.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors heavily advise that all buyers in Burford book a building survey. Numerous defects will impact a property, for example poor ventilation and ground movement. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

Q.

In respect of the serious flooding in the UK in April 2012 I am wondering whether conveyancing and environmental searches might not be detailed enough?

A.

A diligent solicitor in Burford should also get flood searches if the standard search spots a Burford flood risk.

Sometimes property buyers to also get in touch with a future neighbour to gain added assurance if you are still worried.

 
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