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Conveyancing in Burslem Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/02/18

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.

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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.

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What makes conveyancing for a sale to be so delayed?

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Conveyancing in Burslem can be delayed, Homeward Legal, however, aim to reduce their cost by pushing all parties involved. Reasons for delay can include the time taken to return management information.

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What can a Burslem property lawyer advise if the property we hope to purchase is inside a Stoke-on-Trent planning authority conservation area which seems to have unapproved dormer windows added?

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Local authority searches carried out by a property lawyer as part of the conveyancing will determine if the Burslem property a conservation area and any evidence of Coal Authority consent for changes to the property will be required.

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What sort of environmental searches regarding the uncertain risk of floods to properties in Staffordshire will my Burslem property lawyer apply for?

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A vital part of the conveyancing procedure carried out when buying a property involves your lawyer applying for conveyancing and environmental searches that set out detail on the subject of the local Burslem flood risk.

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Which body is on charge of for policing the status of Burslem and Burslem conservation areas?

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Local Burslem conservation areas are nominated by the local Stoke-on-Trent planning authority, who govern the state of the area including things like neglected buildings, coloured road surfaces and street furniture. English Heritage, a government body, have put together a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Burslem and throughout England.

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

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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

Q.

Might our legal fees cover any hidden costs?

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No. Homeward Legal's solicitors do not hide any hidden charges. You should be aware that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote. The final bill you receive may be much more.

Q.

For a lender, we have chosen Yorkshire Bank - is there anything we need to be aware of?

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Prior to recent changes, most solicitors could act for the majority lenders. Buyers in Burslem need to be aware that, recently, a number of lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, potentially creating increased legal costs for home buyers. Homeward Legal are able to act for all major UK mortgage lenders.