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Conveyancing in Cobham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/10/17

Pertinent Cobham transport and public service information

Cobham is about 1 1/2 mile of junction entry 10 Westbound of the M25.

Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 9 miles from Cobham. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 11 miles s, London City Airport is 24 miles, London Heliport Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 11 miles s, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 23 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 19 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles away and the nearest train station to Cobham is Cobham and Stoke Dabernon, approximately 1 mile away.

Cobham Community is a nearby hospital for Cobham.

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We are looking for a law firm that offers cheap conveyancing. What do we need to check for?

A.

Various solicitors promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra charges are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any charges found in the small print ought to be 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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We have had a quote from you. Will we need to pay any supplementary hidden costs?

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No. Our solicitors never hide any hidden extra fees. Your quote is an single, accurate fee.

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I plan to buy a medieval barn conversion in the parish of Limpsfield. Should we order a chancel search?

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Whichever Cobham parish you are buying in, a property lawyer may suggest a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have taken the decision to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, it is not possible to be certain that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will remain liability-free for new owners. For property in the parish of Limpsfield, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Will our Cobham lawyer report back to me about the amount to be paid of council tax for a Band F property prior to completing on the purchase?

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The lawyer will consult with the governing Elmbridge local council to enquire about the correct council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be detailed in the title report. The latest council tax rates for properties in Cobham are set out at the Elmbridge local authority site. At the time of authoring, 11 February 2013, rates are:

  • Band A - £1,035.00
  • Band B - £1,208.00
  • Band C - £1,381.00
  • Band D - £1,553.00
  • Band E - £1,898.00
  • Band F - £2,243.00
  • Band G - £2,588.00
  • Band H - £3,106.00

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Do you have low cost solicitors that do the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in Cobham?

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Yes - Our company commonly take instructions from sellers at auction. Solicitors tend to encourage auction buyers to decide on a local solicitor before the property auction to allow enough time for a detailed investigation of the documents. Post auction day arrives the lawyer is able to concentrate on quickly completing the conveyancing within 4 weeks as conventionally required .

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How is contaminated land in Cobham investigated during the house-buying process?

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Property in Cobham may have been contaminated by numerous factors caused by man and by nature, like potentially contaminative use of nearby land. An environmental search will offer more detail. Silvermere Haven Pet Cemetery, Byfleet Road, Surrey, KT11 1DZcould be a local cause of land contamination in Cobham.

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What will a Cobham property solicitor do if the house I want to buy is located in a conservation area and has unsanctioned satellite dishes added?

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The solicitor to verify if the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the required consents. If no appropriate consents can be provided the solicitor will give you professional advice on the alternatives for example buying an indemnity insurance policy or obtaining retrospective approval from Elmbridge council.

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Do we need a surveying expert to check for defects affecting the property purchase?

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It is advised that all purchasers in Cobham order a building survey. A wide range of problems have a negative impact on a property, for example dry rot. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.