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Conveyancing in Crowborough Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/01/18

Some practical regional public transport and services facts and figures -

The closest train station to Crowborough is Crowborough and Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 15 miles from Crowborough. Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Rochester Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 20 miles away.

Crowborough War Memorial is the nearest hospital.

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What do you charge for the legal fees on a £192,000 property? I need to find fixed rate Crowborough conveyancing.

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This issue catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers purport to offer cheap conveyancing. Often additional charges may be added into the terms and conditions. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Why could the conveyancing process in Crowborough be so drawn out?

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The conveyancing process could be delayed. Homeward Legal strive to diminish the consequences of these delays whenever we can by driving the transaction forward. Reasons for delay may include slow solicitors acting for the other side.

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Do it yourself conveyancing by bypassing a conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough looks to be possible as a buyer of a house , however would it be practical ?

In theory, there is no argument why you shouldn't conduct the legal work yourself. In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a huge array of jobs ranging from chasing any outstanding docs and interpreting management accounts which need a qualified solicitor. Additionally legal firms are bound to be in possession of appropriate cover to protect you from any professional oversights.

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Is the SDLT fee a fee or a disbursement?

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Unfortunately, some firms pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may be unclear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your quote.

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How is Stamp Duty Land Tax assessed and what should we budget for a £877k property?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax will rely on the purchase price. For a house or flat in Crowborough valued at £877k, the SDLT rate is £35080.*

*Correct as of 17/02/2013

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I am planning to buy with The Mortgage Works - what do I need to check?

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Recently, a number of lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal will act for the vast majority of lenders to ensure that you will not need to pay the lender's costs.

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We are buying in Crowborough on a new development brownfield site. Is manganese (Mn) soil contamination likely?

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With the history of industry in parts of Crowborough, topsoil contamination is difficult to avoid. Data on many contaminants, such as groundwater contamination, will be included in an environmental search.

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Which environmental factors can affect land in Crowborough, and will they be checked for comprehensively?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by naturally-occurring factors can impair land in Crowborough, like existing and proposed overhead electricity cables. An environmental search can give more clarity.