Which local authority is responsible for Calne?
Calne is located in Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN, contact: 0300 456 0100
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.
A right of way on the property I’m buying is redundant, but how do I get it removed from the deeds and registry?
A right of way through the grounds of a property is probably an inheritance before other building in the vicinity occurred that has since made the passage through redundant.
But, while having the right of way registered with the deeds means that feasibly someone could insist that they use it (as their public right), but, if they can’t access where the right of way originally led, it makes it a pointless activity.
It’s so unlikely that anyone will want to do this that you have to weigh up the cost of the legal process to get the right of way officially removed against not proceeding. However, if you are at all worried, talk to your solicitor so that it can be investigated further as part of the conveyancing, at which point they can guide you on the appropriate action and the associated costs (this will be in addition to the standard fees for the conveyancing and your solicitor will advise of this additional cost).
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What are fixtures and fittings?
There is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings, resulting in considerable confusion once the buyer moves in and items are missing. To avoid confusion, a list should be agreed by both sides and will save much anxiety later in the conveyancing process..
Please state how to get out of paying stamp duty to the Revenue?
Stamp duty reduction scheme must be treated with caution by purchasers in Calne, as such schemes are expensive and very risky.
Does my property lawyer in Calne tell me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band F cottage prior to completing on the purchase?
The property lawyer will consult with the appropriate Wiltshire local council to enquire about the most up to date council tax band and rates, which should be written in the title report.
Council tax rates for residents of Calne are detailed online at the Wiltshire local authority website. On, 29 August 2012, band rates are:
- Band A - £1,010.00
- Band B - £1,179.00
- Band C - £1,347.00
- Band D - £1,515.00
- Band E - £1,852.00
- Band F - £2,189.00
- Band G - £2,525.00
- Band H - £3,031.00