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Conveyancing in Cornwall Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Some useful local public transport and public service information -

Cornwall's nearest airport is Newquay Airport. Plymouth City Airport is 25 miles and away. Cornwall's nearest train station is Lostwithiel.

Bodmin is a nearby hospital.

Q.

What are the best conveyancing rates for a £274k house?

A.

Many firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, however additional charges are often hiding in the small print. Additional fees listed in the solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable and clear and only come into force where the conveyancer must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

Will the Cornwall property solicitor request official or personal searches on my home purchase?

A.

Your conveyancer will brief you regarding the ideal route, depending on factors like search price. If personal searches are used, your lawyer might consider a local search company such as Lox Property Research, PO Box 272, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 9EX Tel: 01726 65614.

Q.

We are interested in purchasing in Cornwall. Are there any conservation areas in the area?

A.

With nine thousand such areas listed across the country, the streets and neighbourhoods around Cornwall include a number of conservation areas. You may wish to contact the local authority for more detail, but your solicitor will investigate the impact of conservation areas or other planning restrictions.

Q.

How can my property solicitor in Cornwall investigate the potential risk of a flood in Cornwall?

A.

A critical part of the conveyancing process involves the conveyancer conducting property conveyancing searches that offer you details regarding Cornwall flood risk area. Depending on the results, a Cornwall conveyancing solicitor could recommend an specialist Cornwall flood risk search.

Q.

What factors will impact land in West Sussex, and will they be checked for thoroughly?

A.

Property in West Sussex may be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes and human activities. Contaminants such as pollution incidents will be detailed in an appropriate search.

Q.

What is the council tax on a period mid-terrace Band C home in Cornwall?

A.

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:

  • Band A - £979.00
  • Band B - £1,142.00
  • Band C - £1,305.00
  • Band D - £1,468.00
  • Band E - £1,794.00
  • Band F - £2,120.00
  • Band G - £2,446.00
  • Band H - £2,936.00

Q.

What length of time does it take my lawyer to get through the legal formalities on an apartment in a home we are purchasing?

A.

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.

We are buying a property where the seller has installed conspicuous satellite dishes to the house in Cornwall which might possibly overstep local conservation area rules

A.

A solicitor will make enquiries to see if your proposed purchase is inside a conservation area and whether any modifications have the appropriate permission from the Cornwall council.

 
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