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Conveyancing in Chipping Norton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/07/17

Some pertinent local Chipping Norton public transport and public service facts -

Kingham train station is about 5 miles from Chipping Norton and Chipping Norton's nearest airport is Kidlington, Oxford Airport. Turweston Aerodrome Airport is 20 miles and Kidlington Airport is 13 miles away.

Chipping Norton is the nearest hospital.

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We need to find fixed rate conveyancing. What should be watch out for?

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This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra charges are frequently hidden in the small print. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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Should we choose a solicitors firm who frequently works with by the estate agent?

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The agent will often refer a solicitors firm, however, these referrals must be carefully considered, as some agents choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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What kind of conveyancing searches concerning the risk and history of possible flooding at Oxfordshire will a Chipping Norton conveyancing solicitor conduct on an Edwardian home I am intending to buy?

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Your conveyancing lawyer will apply for standard environmental searches, which include Chipping Norton historical flood risk data. Also as an additional measure your solicitor in Chipping Norton might suggest a more involved (e.g. Landmark) detailed local Chipping Norton flood risk search.

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We are buying on a former industrial site. Is the top-soil potentially contaminated by waste minerals like rubidium (Rb)?

Though the dangers are usually minor, contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Chipping Norton, including local authorities.

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Is contaminated land a concern for the majority of houses in Chipping Norton?

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Land in Chipping Norton can be contaminated by a broad range of factors caused by man and by nature, like local historic industrial processes and nearby waste management facilities. An environmental search should offer more information.

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Having heard about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record, I am thinking that flood risk searches might not be exacting enough?

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A Chipping Norton conveyancing solicitor will consider apply for conveyancing searches if the initial search determines a any kind of Chipping Norton flood risk area data

Why not get in touch with a next door neighbour for added comfort.

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We plan to buy a converted chapel in Great Haseley. Will we need a chancel search?

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Whichever Chipping Norton parish you are purchasing in, a solicitor instructed to handle the transaction might recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have spared previous owners or tenants, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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What will the Chipping Norton property lawyer recommend if the home I hope to purchase is situated in a conservation area in West Oxfordshire local authority which has unsanctioned new windows fitted?

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The local authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) carried out by your solicitor as part of the conveyancing should verify if the Chipping Norton property a designated conservation area proof of permission for changes to the property will be asked for. If no local authority consents be in evidence, the solicitor will inform you of the alternatives e.g. taking out an indemnity policy or requesting retrospective consent from the council.

 
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