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Conveyancing in Devizes Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Relevant regional travel and public service facts -

The closest airport to Devizes is Bristol Airport. and the nearest train station to Devizes is Melksham.

Devizes is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

We need to find affordable conveyancing. What do we need to consider?

A.

Both high-street and online solicitors offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions which unwary property buyers and sellers fail to check. Any fees found in the terms should be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

Q.

What kind of flood plain searches as respects the risk of local flooding in Wiltshire will my lawyer in Devizes carry out for a Fifties property we are intending to purchase?

A.

A qualified solicitor conducts conveyancing and environmental searches that should include Devizes flood risk area data.

Q.

If we plan to purchase near Devizes, in the parish of Bremilham, do we need a chancel search?

A.

Whether you are buying a house in Devizes or elsewhere in the county, the Devizes conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be ordered. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have exercised their right to exact chancel repairs on the owners of lay rectorships, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will remain liability-free for new owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

Q.

Does the Devizes property solicitor in form me about the cost of the council tax for a Band C property before completing on the purchase?

A.

A property lawyer will consult with the council to reveal the latest council tax band and rates, which will then be included in the report on title. The latest tax rates for properties in Devizes are set out in detail on the Wiltshire council website. On, 31 July 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,010.00
  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,347.00
  • Band D - £1,515.00
  • Band E - £1,852.00
  • Band F - £2,189.00
  • Band G - £2,525.00
  • Band H - £3,031.00

Q.

In relation to the major flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are wondering whether environmental searches won't be sufficient?

A.

Your Devizes conveyancing solicitor should always carry out rigorous conveyancing and environmental searches if the initial conveyancing searches establishes a significant risk Devizes flood risk area

You might be able to speak to a local resident to gain further assurance.

Q.

How long should I expect it to take the solicitor to conduct all of the conveyancing work on a semi detached house?

A.

Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere between a month and three months depending on a number of factors such as the efficiency of the seller's property solicitor, or the speed of your lender.

Q.

Devizes property solicitors get standard searches if acting for a home purchase client, which particular ones?

A.

When applying for a mortgage lender insist that at least the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches, which might include HS64.

Q.

What causes the purchase conveyancing process to take weeks to complete?

A.

Conveyancing could potentially be delayed for many reasons. In some cases, the delays are beyond a solicitor's power, we, however, work hard to lessen the effect of these delays whenever we can.

 
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