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Conveyancing in Consett Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Relevant local Consett travel and services facts and figures -

The nearest station to Consett is Stocksfield and the closest airport to Consett is Newcastle Airport (14 miles).

Shotley Bridge Consett is a nearby hospital.

Q.

I am trying to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Consett. What should be watch out for?

A.

Many firms promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees will be included in the small print. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Additional charges listed in the small print should be fair and clearly defined. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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What is the authority that has overall responsibility for keeping order in the condition of repair of conservation areas in Consett and Consett?

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Conservation areas in Consett are designated by the local authority (County Durham) who administer everything from including things like ugly shop fronts, the addition of stone cladding and street furniture. English Heritage administer a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

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How is Consett contaminated land checked when purchasing?

A.

Numerous of contaminants caused by environmental factors may ruin Consett property, and an environmental search should reveal if a property may be affected by contaminants including hazardous and regulated installations. Contamination can be caused by local waste sites, including Broadoak Quarry, County Durham, DH8 9.

Q.

What do we need to calculate stamp duty tax?

A.

The Stamp Duty that is payable is calculated with reference to a small range of considerations, including the value of the house or flat, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. On a £1158000 house, stamp duty will be £57900.

Q.

My estate agent has suggested the law firm that they have used before. Is it risky to instruct them?

A.

If you choose a solicitor referred through this route, you your agent may be able to use their influence to pressure a slow solicitor to work faster. Such referrals should be compared to other online or local firms, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

Do I need to get a Homebuyer Report for the house purchase?

A.

It is suggested that buyers order an inspection. It is a fact that there are a range of problems that can negatively affect a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation. These include poor drainage.

Q.

In what ways can a property lawyer in Consett advise us on the potential risk of possible flooding in Consett for an investment property I am intending to buy?

A.

A qualified conveyancing lawyer will conduct official property conveyancing searches that should include Consett historical flood risk information. Also as an additional measure the solicitor in Consett will often advise a more detailed (e.g. Homcheck) detailed flood search.

Q.

Are charges for obtaining duplicate freehold company share certificates disbursements or fees?

A.

Fees and disbursements ought to be identified on a conveyancing quote. These costs are fees not disbursements, and should be included in a quote.

 
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