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Conveyancing in Dickens Heath Q & A's

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Updated: 16/07/17

Relevant nearby public transport and public service facts -

Motorists are well served with Dickens Heath situated with very convenient major road access very close at within 3 miles of Junction 4 Westbound of the M42.

The nearest station to Dickens Heath is Whitlocks End, almost a mile away. The nearest airport to Dickens Heath is Birmingham Airport. Coventry Airport is 16 miles, Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 20 miles and Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 24 miles away.

Solihull is a nearby hospital for Dickens Heath.

Q.

What do you charge for the legal fees on a £323,000 residence? We are looking for a fixed rate conveyancing quote.

A.

Numerous firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however additional charges will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any extra charges included in the terms should be clearly defined and be applied only where the solicitor must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on your quote. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

I am buying a rectory in Bole. Will a chancel search be required?

A.

Your solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

Q.

Do we need to make use of the firm of solicitors referred by the agent?

A.

The agent can influence one or more conveyancing firms they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore persuade a slow solicitor to work faster. However, if they are paid a referral fee, there is a risk that the agent may suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

What will the council tax cost me for a Victorian Band B maisonette in Dickens Heath?

A.

The band should commonly be given as part of the title report along with the local council

The latest council tax charges for properties in Dickens Heath are set out online at the Bromsgrove local authority website. At the time of authoring on 16 February 2013 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,169.00
  • Band C - £1,336.00
  • Band D - £1,503.00
  • Band E - £1,836.00
  • Band F - £2,170.00
  • Band G - £2,504.00
  • Band H - £3,005.00

Q.

What can conveyancing searches cost?

A.

The cost of conveyancing searches for a Dickens Heath property varies considerably. They are paid to a third party, and are charged 'at cost'.

Q.

For fast conveyancing on the purchase of a £496k residence, what do we need to aim for?

A.

Contacting a communicative property lawyer is the key to a fast completion. There are various jobs you, as the buyer, can do to speed up the process. These include:

  • getting your mortgage offer in place
  • keeping in regular contact with your property lawyer
  • responding to all correspondence via the fastest means

Q.

Property solicitors in Dickens Heath order official property conveyancing searches when they are acting for a home buyer, what specific searches?

A.

If obtaining a mortgage the lender insist that a solicitor to get at least a specified set of searches, including the following for properties in Dickens Heath: Local Authority Search, Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, specific searches e.g. a Land Charges Search (K15).

Q.

Should we get searches for chancel liability? We are purchasing a house in Dickens Heath.

A.

The result of a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must cover the cost of church repairs. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Dickens Heath properties is likely to exist. The solicitor carrying out the legal work for your move will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary.

 
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