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Conveyancing in Burslem Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/10/17

Some practical local services facts ;

The nearest station to Burslem is Longport. The closest airport to Burslem is Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport. Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 23 miles away.

Haywood Stoke is the closest hospital.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £770,000 house? We need to find a low cost conveyancing quote in Burslem.

A.

Many solicitors promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Applicable disbursements should also be clearly stated on a Burslem conveyancing quote Any fees listed in the terms should be fair and reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

Q.

I am intending to buy a property in the parish of Okeover. Will a chancel search be appropriate?

A.

A lawyer may suggest that a chancel search is taken out. In Burslem's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on the current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

Q.

I am buying a £764000, how is stamp duty tax calculated?

A.

Stamp Duty is dependent on the home's price. Stamp duty will be £30560 on a £764000 residential property in Burslem (correct March 2013).

Q.

Burslem property lawyers conduct a number of property when they are acting for a property buyer, what particular searches?

A.

If purchasing and taking out a mortgage the building society of bank expects the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, as well as any special local Burslem searches for instance Utilities Search.

Q.

How much would the searches in Burslem be?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, subject to which searches have been ordered. Searches are will be charged at cost.

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If I am buying in Burslem near a church built in the 1500s, would you advise that we get a chancel search?

A.

Property owners in Burslem may be subject to chancel repair liability. Several sources are used to determine liability in Burslem, including the Title Register database. Church of England properties in the local area which may give rise to chancel liability include S.John the Baptist, S.Werburgh and Sneyd Holy Trinity.

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How frequent is gazumping?

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Gazumping arises when the first buyer's offer is accepted but then rejected by the property seller, in preference to another buyer's offer. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a danger. Instructing your solicitor as soon as you can is a key first step to reducing this risk.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Sixties semi-detached Band E home in Burslem?

A.

You should be provide your new homes council tax band in the conveyancer's title report. Correct rates for Burslem are tabled at the Stoke-on-Trent local authority website. Currently, 10 December 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £952.00
  • Band B - £1,111.00
  • Band C - £1,270.00
  • Band D - £1,429.00
  • Band E - £1,746.00
  • Band F - £2,064.00
  • Band G - £2,381.00
  • Band H - £2,857.00