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Conveyancing in Crediton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

Practical nearby travel and public service facts -

The closest airport to Crediton is Exeter International Airport (11 miles s). The nearest station to Crediton is Crediton.

Crediton is the neighbouring hospital to Crediton.

Q.

How do we get low cost conveyancing in Crediton?

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many homeowners, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many solicitors claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra costs are often hiding in the terms of engagement. The quote should state costs to be paid to third parties, like the local authority, (disbursments).Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.

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Will my Crediton conveyancing solicitor tell me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band E cottage prior to completion?

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The property lawyer will approach the Mid Devon local council to ascertain the correct council tax charges which will then be written in the conveyancing report on title. Council tax rates for homes in Crediton are set out in detail at the Mid Devon council website. As at, 11 September 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,044.00
  • Band B - £1,218.00
  • Band C - £1,392.00
  • Band D - £1,566.00
  • Band E - £1,914.00
  • Band F - £2,262.00
  • Band G - £2,610.00
  • Band H - £3,132.00

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Is contaminated land an issue in Crediton?

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A range of contaminants may impair residential property in Crediton, and an environmental search should reveal whether a property could be affected by local contaminants such as pollution incidents and sand or gravel pits. Bawdenhayes Farm, Devon, EX17 4ET, for example, may be a source of local contamination.

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If I am purchasing a property by a church built in around the 12th Century in Crediton, will we need a chancel liability search?

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Crediton property likely to be affected. Terms used in a property's name, like 'Glebe Farm', may indicate chancel liability. Church of England properties in the local area include Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and the Mother of Him who hung thereon and St Lawrence (proprietary chapel).

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We are buying on a Crediton ex-industrial site. Is uranium (U) soil contamination likely?

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Crediton and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as groundwater contaminants like phenols and organohalides, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

We are buying a property where the seller appears to have installed inappropriate windows to the flat which may conflict with Sandford conservation area rules.

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The solicitor will always verify whether the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have appropriate consent from the Mid Devon planning authority.Should no authority consents be in evidence, the solicitor will give you professional advice on the best alternative which may include seeking an indemnity insurance or obtaining retrospective approval from the council.

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Can you recommend how I circumvent paying out for stamp duty tax?

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SDLT is payable for purchases priced at over 125,000 pounds. We do not advise clients arrange any stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed . There have been several government-sponsored schemes, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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Does Crediton include any conservation areas?

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Conservation areas cover areas of architectural merit. Conservation areas in Crediton include Sandford. Your conveyancing lawyer will be able to provide more details and address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area.