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Conveyancing in Crawley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Noted Crawley interest

Lowfield Heath Surrey Windmill, Crawley Buchan CP Country Park and Skyview Aviation Museum are in the vicinity of Crawley.

The closest airport to Crawley is Gatwick South Terminal Airport. London Heliport Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 4 miles, Shoreham Airport is 20 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 18 miles away. Crawley's nearest station is Crawley.

Crawley is very close at around 1.4 miles of junction entry 11 Northbound of the M23.

The nearest hospital is Crawley.

Q.

How do I find fixed rate conveyancing?

A.

Various firms promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional charges may inflate the final invoice. Any additional costs needs to be fair. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

We are buying with National Westminster Bank - what will we need to check?

A.

Buyers should consider that, in some cases, lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', resulting in increased conveyancing costs for home buyers if their conveyancing solicitor cannot act for the lender. We are able to act on behalf of most mortgage lenders.

Q.

How do you calculate stamp duty tax and what should we budget for a £470000 Crawley property?

A.

The Stamp Duty that is payable is calculated with reference to a small number of factors, primarily the value of the property. Stamp duty will be £14100 on a £470000 property.*

*This information accurate as of February 2013

Q.

For fast conveyancing to buy a £ 937,000 property, what can we do to speed up the process?

A.

As is widely reported, finding a communicative property lawyer is the key to a faster move. There are various jobs you could do. These include:

  • calling or emailing the property lawyer, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • promptly completing and return any forms
  • ordering a property survey early in the transaction

Q.

How common is gazumping?

A.

Gazumping describes circumstances where a owner accepts a purchaser's offer, only to dismiss it, opting for a second purchaser's offer. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a property solicitor as soon as possible.

Q.

Which local authority looks after Crawley?

A.

Crawley is located in Crawley Borough Council, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1UZ, Call: 01293 438 000

Q.

I am buying a converted property in the middle of a conservation area in Crawley. How do we uncover more information on the present state of upkeep of the area?

A.

Conservation areas in Crawley are nominated by the local authority (Crawley) who maintain conservation area concerns from what can be demolished to the avoidance of ugly highway signs. Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled a list of the state of conservation areas.

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How do I check that a residence is in a conservation area?

A.

Parts of Crawley considered be of historical merit, like 18th century suburbs, may be registered as conservation areas. You may wish to contact the local authority for more information, but your solicitor will investigate the impact of conservation areas or other planning restrictions.

 
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