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Conveyancing in County Durham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/10/17

Helpful nearby public service information -

The closest airport to County Durham is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport (20 miles). Newcastle Airport is 25 miles and Darlington Airport is 20 miles away. The nearest station to County Durham is Bishop Auckland, around 6 miles away.

Bishop Auckland General is the most convenient hospital to County Durham.

Q.

We need to find a cheap solicitor to sell a home. as we are on a budget.

A.

This issue catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Busy, stressed home owners ignore these terms at their peril. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are selling.

Q.

I am selling in County Durham, and have had a quote from you. Might I need to pay any hidden charges when the purchase completed?

A.

No. Homeward Legal's solicitors do not hide any extra, hidden fees. Under the circumstances, it may be that your solicitor advises that another piece of work be carried out, like a statutory declaration, but you will be made aware of any fees pertaining to such work before they are incurred.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for County Durham?

  • County Durham intersects with the following local authorities: Darlington Borough Council, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5QT phone: 01325 380651
  • Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, phone: 0300 123 7070
  • Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH, phone: 0191 433 3000
  • Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU, phone: 0845 121 1555
  • Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY phone: 01429 266 522
  • Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 99A, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ, phone: 01642 245 432
  • Stockton- on- Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 11
  • Church Road, Stockton- on- Tees, TS18 1LD, phone: 01642 393 939
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD phone: 01642 393939
  • Q.

    Does the report on title compiled by the County Durham conveyancing solicitor report on the rates of the council tax on a property before exchange of contracts?

    A.

    The property lawyer will consult with the council to reveal the applicable council tax charges which will then be detailed in the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for residents of County Durham are set out in detail at the local authority site.

    Q.

    Our estate agent has offered a conveyancing whom they usually use. Must we instruct them?

    A.

    An agent in County Durham will often endorse a solicitors firm. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, the agent may recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

    Q.

    We are buying a restored chapel in the parish of Cockfield. Will a chancel search be appropriate?

    A.

    A lawyer could advise that a chancel search is ordered. In older areas of County Durham, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on the current owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

    Q.

    How does the lawyer in County Durham investigate the potential risk of possible flooding in County Durham?

    A.

    A vital part of the conveyancing protocol involves the conveyancing lawyer making an application for environmental searches that go in certain details with respect to County Durham flood risk area.

    Q.

    What does the searches cost?

    A.

    Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, depending on the searches chosen. They are disbursements.