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Conveyancing in Clifton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Things to do in Clifton

Westbury College Gatehouse National Trust Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol Historic Building and Bristol St John the Baptist Churches Conservation Trust are in the vicinity of Clifton.

Clifton is about a couple of miles of Junction 3 Northbound of the M32.

The nearest airport to Clifton is Bristol Airport. Clifton Down train station is approximately 1 mile from Clifton.

The nearest hospital is Bristol, Redland Hill.

Q.

What are the best conveyancing rates for a £768,000 property?

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many firms advertise cheap conveyancing, but extra fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Extra costs should be fair and reasonable. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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My wife and I are interested in purchasing in Clifton, and need to know if there are many designated conservation areas.

A.

Conservation areas define local areas of architectural merit. Clifton itself is named as a conservation area. The conveyancing solicitor handling your purchase offer more information and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.

Q.

Which local authority looks after Clifton?

A.

Clifton is located in Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR, phone: 0117 922 3000

Q.

Does my assigned Clifton property lawyer tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band E property prior to exchanging contracts?

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A conveyancer will liaise with the governing Bristol local council to ascertain the latest council tax charges which will then be included in the report on title. The latest council tax charges for homes in Clifton are set out online at the Bristol local authority site. Currently on 31 December 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,221.00
  • Band C - £1,395.00
  • Band D - £1,570.00
  • Band E - £1,919.00
  • Band F - £2,267.00
  • Band G - £2,616.00
  • Band H - £3,140.00

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Can selenium contaminate Clifton soil?

A.

There are wide-ranging regulations in place to manage soil contamination. The local authority for Clifton will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

When in the process is it wise to find a conveyancing solicitor to handle our transaction?

A.

If you use a solicitor offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the earlier, the better. Some groups advocate postponing instruction until an offer is accepted, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

Q.

I really need a fast solicitor in Clifton, is that your solicitors?

A.

Our team has a speed focused method to fulfilling conveyancing process as quickly as possible.

Our solicitors will always attempt to communicate from the beginning to the end of the buyer and seller chain and utilise the latest integrated and technology systems to finish your move to your preferred move date.

Q.

Can you suggest how I bypass paying SDLT?

A.

Stamp duty is generally due on property purchases valued at over £125,000. Homeward Legal do not recommend any form of stamp duty scheme. These schemes are highly expensive and very risky. There have been a number of government initiatives, however, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'.

 
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