Could Chipping Barnet soil be contaminated by mercury?
Chipping Barnet and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as water contaminants such as landfill leachate.
For a house valued at £522000, how is stamp duty tax calculated?
SDLT will depend on a small number of factors, including the purchase price. For a Chipping Barnet property purchased for £522000, stamp duty will be £20880.
As a consequence of the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began we are anxious that environmental searches may not be sufficient?
The Chipping Barnet property lawyer will suggest that you carry out food risk searches if the standard searches flag up any kind of local Chipping Barnet flood risk.
For extra assurance it may be prudent to contact a next door neighbour.
How early is it wise to instruct a conveyancer?
With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, instructing as early as possible is better, as conveyancing involves several tasks which may be carried out very early in the process. Early instruction of a conveyancing solicitor to act on your Chipping Barnet sale or purchase for a sale enables relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.