By Frances Traynor
19th April 2018
"Teamwork is essential for less stressful completion."
If you are buying or selling a property anywhere in Cornwall, you will need to get a lawyer to take care of legal work for your move.
Our property lawyers at Homeward Legal have years of conveyancing experience in Cornwall and across Southwest England, and the adopted proactive approach means we complete the transaction faster than other firms.
Our conveyancing solicitors carry out all the legal work for your home move for a fixed fee.
You will not be charged any solicitors fees, if your Cornwall house move does not complete.
Using their local conveyancing experience, our CQS solicitors will guide you through the details of the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: Cornwall is served by the A30, A38, A39, A388, A390 and A394. By rail: The biggest train stations in Cornwall are Falmouth Town, Launceston, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth and Truro. By air: Cornwall Airport Newquay is 19 miles and Land’s End Airport is 34 miles from Cornwall’s county town of Truro.
Hospitals: Falmouth, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, TR11 2JA Launceston General, Link Road, Launceston, PL15 9JD Newquay, St. Thomas’ Road, Newquay, TR7 1RQ West Cornwall, St. Clare Street, Penzance, TR18 2PF Camborne Redruth Community, Barncoose Terrace, Redruth, TR15 3ER Royal Cornwall, 2 Penventinnie Lane, Treliske, Truro, TR1 3LQ. Council: Cornwall City Council (www.cornwall.gov.uk).
Attractions: Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heliga, Tate St. Ives, Minack Theatre, Lizard Point, Land’s End, Cotehele,Geevor Tin Mine, Pendennis Castle, Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and National Maritime Museum.Q.
No. Homeward Legal never charge any extra costs for standard conveyancing legal work. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, to which they will not be bound. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee quote.Q.
Speeding up the conveyancing process will not involve bypassing any of the tasks. Instead, what is critical to accelerating it is to instruct a proactive and communicative solicitor, such as those on Homeward Legal’s panels. When selecting a solicitor, you should also ask yourself the following:
Homeward Legal’s expert solicitors are incentivised to complete the process as quickly as possible by using electronic forms of communication rather than the slower, more traditional methods. Use our quote calculator for an immediate ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guaranteed fixed-fee quote.Q.
Buyers and sellers at auctions in Cornwall and throughout the rest of the country have appointed solicitors from Homeward Legal’s specialist auction conveyancing panel. As per the legal requirement, our solicitors work towards the four-week, post-auction timeframe for completion and exchange of contracts. For this to happen smoothly and to allow any legal issues to be highlighted as early as possible, shrewd auction-goers know that instructing their solicitor as soon as is practicable is crucial.Q.
Our panel of solicitors adopt a completely proactive and pragmatic approach when fulfilling the transfer of title for customers to meet the home-sellers’ needs. Having invested in leading-edge integrated systems with local authorities, HMRC and the Land Registry, we also assign you a qualified conveyancing property lawyer who will go the extra mile to communicate with the entire buyer and seller property chain. Call our skilled conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.Q.
A critical part of the legal process involves your solicitor conducting conveyancing searches that offer you details regarding the Cornwall flood risk area, but focusing on your property and its environs. Depending on the results that are returned, your lawyer, based on the significance of the risk, could recommend a specialist, inexpensive (around £20) Cornwall flood risk search.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is levied on properties bought for anything over £125,000. Trying to avoid paying the duty in one of the many schemes available is not advisable. Such schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed, which means you could still be liable to pay up to 100% of any duty that remains. There have been certain official government schemes, however, such as for first-time buyers. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.Q.
As you need a solicitor to handle the legal work on your property, so a mortgage lender requires representation to cover their legal affairs when organising a mortgage for you. Over the past few years, some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in increased legal costs for purchasers if the lender insists upon their own property lawyer. At Homeward Legal, we can act for the majority of providers, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, thereby eliminating the likelihood of the lender passing on their legal fees to you. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 for fixed-fee quote and to discuss your moving plans.Q.
The straight answer is that there is no legal requirement for a buyer to organise a structural survey on the property they are purchasing. However, Homeward Legal would firmly advise you to instruct a chartered surveyor to undertake for you, particularly if the house is an old one. While the conveyancing solicitor might note any obvious issues as part of the legal research for the title report, it is not part of the conveyancing remit to carry out a structural assessment. There can be a wide range of defects which will impact a property (e.g. roof spread, or insect infestation), which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation.Q.
A conveyancing solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be ordered. In Cornwall's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on the current owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.Q.
There are 15000 ecclesiastical parishes throughout England and Wales. Property owners within some of these may be required to fund the repair of a local church. Terms used in a property's name, like 'rectory', may indicate chancel liability. Cornwall church properties include Liskeard St Martin.Q.
The conveyancing process can take anywhere between around a month and twelve weeks depending on various factors like the efficiency of the sellers solicitor, or whether there are any linked sales.Q.
SDLT must be paid for property over 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty scheme is not advised when buying in Cornwall, as such schemes are often uneconomical and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed . There have been certain official schemes, however, such as for first-time buyers. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.Q.
No. Homeward Legal never charge any extra, hidden costs for standard conveyancing legal work. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be bound to.Q.
An up-to-date register of the state of conservation areas is noted by English Heritage and the following information is currently viewable at the English Heritage website- Southlands is listed as very bad with medium vulnerability and condition improving significantly.Q.
You will find your new home's band with the report on title. Correct rates for Cornwall are detailed on the Cornwall local authority site. At the time of writing (18 October 2012) rates are as follows: