We are buying on a new-build ex-industrial site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?
Crofton's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Other sources of contaminated land include perchlorate.
How can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.
Which Crofton mortgage lender panels are you on?
Most lenders in Crofton are on our Crofton solicitors' panel. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Baby Whelk Llp, 2 West View, Kirkhamgate, Wakefield, WF2 0SJ, MS Mortgages, 30 Marsh St, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0BB, and Advance, 41 New Rd, Middlestown, Wakefield, WF4 4NP. The Crofton solicitor handling the work for your sale or purchase will be able to advise further.
What’s the difference between residential and commercial conveyancing?
In essence, there is very little difference between the tasks needed for residential conveyancing against commercial conveyancing. The real difference comes in the type of property and the purpose for which it is intended to be used.
The majority of residential transactions are freehold, whereas commercial transactions are almost exclusively leasehold, and commercial property conveyancing searches will tend to be more expensive because the structure and land will occupy a greater space on average than that for residential property.
How much is the council tax on a Sixties semi-detached property in Crofton?
Ordinarily, a report on title will include the Bromley council tax band.
Council tax charges for residents of Crofton are listed online at the Bromley council site. At the time of authoring (19/09/2012) rates are:
- Band A - £865.00
- Band B - £1,010.00
- Band C - £1,154.00
- Band D - £1,298.00
- Band E - £1,586.00
- Band F - £1,875.00
- Band G - £2,163.00
- Band H - £2,596.00
What do we need to know if buying a Crofton property in a Bromley planning authority designated conservation area ?
Part of the property legal includes the application for searches of the Bromley authority to check conservation area status and the requisite consent for modifications. .
Is there some information on the standard of the conservation areas in Crofton?
English Heritage, a government body, maintain a list of the state of repair of conservation areas in England. Conservation are issues for instance the historic layout of roads, dormer windows or ugly highway signs are dealt with by the local authority (Bromley).