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Conveyancing in Cotham Q & A's

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Updated: 17/01/18

Cotham area info

Westbury College Gatehouse National Trust Bristol St Paul Churches Conservation Trust and Bristol St John the Baptist Churches Conservation Trust are easily accessible from Cotham.

Bristol Airport is 7 miles from Cotham. and Montpelier train station is about 1 mile from Cotham.

Cotham is nearby at about 1 mile off the M32 junction entry 3 Northbound.

The most convenient hospital is Bristol Homoeopathic.

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How do I get low cost conveyancing in Cotham?

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Numerous law firms claim to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional fees will be included in the terms of engagement which unwary buyers and sellers fail to check. Applicable disbursements should be included on the quote Any extra costs included in the solicitor's terms should be fair.

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Which local authority looks after Cotham?

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Cotham is located in Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR, Call: 0117 922 2000

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Is issuing new share certificate in freehold company a disbursement or a fee?

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Comparing quotes is often challenging, considering wide variations in formatting and terminology. This cost, for example, is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in the quote for your conveyancing.

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Our mortgage lender will be New Life Mortgages - what do I need to know?

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When organising a mortgage, your lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. In some

cases, lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, potentially creating increased conveyancing costs for buyers. Homeward Legal are able to act on behalf of many mortgage lenders, ensuring that an additional solicitor will not be required to act for your lender.

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Are there any conservation areas in Cotham?

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These areas cover neighbourhoods designated as being of architectural or historic interest. These restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners, but the benefits will include preservation of an area's historic charm. Your solicitor will be able to provide more details.

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What can affect land in Cotham. Are they a concern?

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Residential property is contaminated by numerous naturally-occurring factors, such as local historic industrial processes and brine works. An environmental search will give more detail.

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Does my conveyancing solicitor in Cotham tell me about the cost of council tax on a Band A townhouse before exchanging contracts?

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Your property solicitor will contact the Bristol local authority to discover the latest council tax charges which should subsequently be added to the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for Cotham are set out on the Bristol council site. At the time of writing, 06 March 2013, the different 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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Which searches should a Cotham property solicitor conduct on a Cotham flat?

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The regular procedure is to get Local Authority, Drainage Search and Environment Search and perhaps area-specific searches, which may include a Land charge Searches.