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Conveyancing in Derbyshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Derbyshire -

By road: Derbyshire is served by the M1, M6, A6, A38, A50, A61, A515, A518 and A628. By rail: The most popular train stations in Derbyshire are Ambergate, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Dove Holes, Grindleford, Hope, Ilkeston, Matlock, Matlock Bath, and Shottle. By air: Using Sheffield as the starting point, the closest airports are Doncaster Sheffield Airport (25 miles), Manchester Airport (44 miles), and Leeds Bradford Airport (47 miles).

Hospitals (representative): Royal Derby, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3NE Babington, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1WH Buxton, London Road, Buxton, SK17 9NJ Ilkeston Community, Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8LN Chesterfield Royal, Chesterfield Road, Calow, Chesterfield, S44 5BL Cavendish, Manchester Road, Buxton, SK17 6TE London Road Community, London Road, Derby, DE1 2QY Kingsway, Kingsway Site, Kingsway, Derby, DE22 3LZ

Council: Derbyshire County (www.derbyshire.gov.uk).

Attractions: Peak District, Pickford’s House Museum, Heights of Abraham, Derby Cathedral, Carsington Water, Haddon Hall, National Tramway Museum, Poole’s Cavern, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Calke Abbey, Chatsworth House, Bolsover Castle, Stainsby Mill, Hardwick Hall, Peak Rail, Gulliver’s Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, Peak Cavern, and Dovedale.

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When is it appropriate to get a solicitor in Derbyshire?

With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, like the one offered by Homeward Legal, instructing a solicitor as early as possible is best, because conveyancing involves a number of tasks that can be carried out very early in the process. Instructing a conveyancing firm to handle your Derbyshire purchase early can limit the risk of the transaction aborting. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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Do we need to use the property solicitor referred by the local agent?

The agent will often recommend one or more conveyancing firms. If the estate agency is paid a referral fee, however, they may decide to recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, and not the one that will be best value for you.

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How much will be the cost of the conveyancing searches for a house I’m buying in Derbyshire?

The cost of searches can vary, depending on which searches are required by your lender, and the depth to which they are taken.

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How long will it take my lawyer to complete the conveyancing work for a flat in a building we hope to buy in Derbyshire?

The legal process can take anywhere from one month to twelve weeks. The duration can be hampered by various factors like the efficiency of the vendor's property solicitor, or the speed of the lender in providing the finance. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are highly proactive and they diligently communicate throughout the chain, removing obstacles where practical and mitigating the impact of issues as they arise. Try our quote calculator, or call our expert team on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote, supported by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Will we need a survey for our house purchase in Derbyshire?

Homeward Legal advises that you arrange for a chartered surveyor to carry out a survey, regardless of the appearance or age of the building. Many defects can affect a property, including severe weathering or poor drainage, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor. It therefore makes sense for you to organise a structural survey for your peace of mind.

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How is contaminated land in Derbyshire investigated?

Residential property in Derbyshire can be contaminated by many natural causes. An environmental search as part of the standard conveyancing bundle should clarify to what extent a property can be impacted by local contaminants, such as waste disposal sites and other land contamination.

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Can I check whether a residence is in one of Derbyshire's designated conservation areas?

The regions in or near Derbyshire will include several locations of 'special architectural and historic interest', which have been registered as conservation areas. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to provide more details, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Derbyshire.

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The internet has a multitude of helpful manuals on the subject of do-it-yourself conveyancing, so do we really need to use a solicitor in Derbyshire?

In theory, there are no practical arguments as to why you can’t handle the majority of the legal process yourself, if you so wish. The truth of the matter is, however, that a property solicitor will be familiar with a significant number of activities, ranging from chasing replies to enquiries to notifying all parties of exchange, some of which really need experience and training. Nonetheless, firms and their solicitors are duty-bound to be in possession of indemnity cover to protect you in the event of negligence, which you won’t have. Call our team on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing needs and to receive your fixed-fee quote.

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I need to exchange contracts on the sale of my house very quickly - are you fast Derbyshire solicitors ?

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Our chosen solicitors take a thoroughly active approach when carrying out the conveyancing for sellers to meet the sellers requirements.

Our method is different as we have invested in new case management systems . Critically we look after you with a property lawyer qualified to communicate up and down the buyer and seller property chain .

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How is Derbyshire contaminated land investigated?

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Residential property in Derbyshire can be contaminated by many natural causes, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a property can be impacted by local contaminants such as waste disposal sites and other land contamination. Land / Premises At, Brassington Lane, Derbyshire, S45 9NE may be one Derbyshire source of contamination.

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Do we need to choose the property solicitor referred by the local agent?

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The agent will often recommend one or more conveyancing firms. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, an agent may decide to recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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How is SDLT determined and what should we pay on a £966000 house?

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SDLT in Derbyshire will depend on a small number of factors, including the purchase price. On a £966000 residential property, stamp duty will be £38640.

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Will we need a survey for our house purchase?

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Homeward Legal advise that you arrange a house surveyor to carry out a survey. Many defects can affect a property. These include severe weathering or poor drainage, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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We are purchasing with National Westminster Bank, is there anything we need to know?

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Buyers should consider that a small number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased legal costs for buyers. We are able to act on behalf of all major lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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Which local authority is responsible for Derbyshire?

  • Derbyshire intersects with the following local authorities: Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT, Tel: 01773 570 222
  • Ashfield District Council, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby- in- Ashfield, NG17 8DA, Tel: 01623 450 000
  • Chesterfield Borough Council, Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1LP, Tel: 01246 345 345
  • Derby City Council, 1 Albion Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2PR, Tel: 01332 293 111
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 190
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 191
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 192
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 193
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 194
  • Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, Tel: 01629 533 195
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council, Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2EB, Tel: 01283 508 000
  • Erewash Borough Council, Ilkeston Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP, Tel: 0845 907 2244
  • Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7BH, Tel: 01623 463 463
  • North West Leicestershire District Council, Council Offices, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3FJ, Tel: 01530 454 545
  • North West Leicestershire District Council, Council Offices, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3FJ, Tel: 01530 454 546
  • East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL, Tel: 01395 516 551
  • East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL, Tel: 01395 516 553
  • East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL, Tel: 01395 516 554
  • East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL, Tel: 01395 516 555
  • East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL, Tel: 01395 516 556
  • Exeter City Council, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1JN, Tel: 01392 277 888
  • London Borough of Merton Council, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX, Tel: 020 8274 4904
  • Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP, Tel: 01884 255 255
  • North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple EX31 1EA Tel: 01271 327 711
  • Plymouth City Council, Civic Centre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA, Tel: 01752 668 000
  • South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE, Tel: 01803 861 234
  • South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE, Tel: 01803 861 235
  • South Somerset District Council, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT, Tel: 01935 462 462
  • Taunton Deane Borough Council, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE, Tel: 01823 356 356
  • Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4XX, Tel: 01626 361 101
  • Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3DR, Tel: 01803 201 201
  • Torridge District Council, Manor Offices North Road, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6DJ Tel: 01409 253336
  • West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, DEvon, PL19 0BZ, Tel: 01822 813 601
  • West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, DEvon, PL19 0BZ, Tel: 01822 813 602
  • West Somerset Council, 3 Summerland Road Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BP Tel: 01643 703704