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Conveyancing in Ditchling Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/07/17

Pertinent Ditchling public transport and public service facts and figures -

The closest train station to Ditchling is Hassocks. Ditchling's closest airport is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport (10 miles). Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 17 miles and Shoreham Airport is 10 miles away.

Princess Royal is a relatively close hospital.

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How do we get a discount conveyancing quote in Ditchling?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many law firms advertise cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional charges will be included in the terms of engagement. Any additional charges ought to be reasonable. They only apply in cases where your conveyancer must complete additional work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. A quote for conveyancing in Ditchling must also state any disbursements to be paid.We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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Is Homeward Legal set up to complete fast the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Ditchling?

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Our team deal with auctions throughout the UK and frequently act for buyers and sellers at auction. It is very important bidders to formally appoint a suitable lawyer as early as possible to allow time for a detailed investigation of the sellers documents before the auction.

After the date of the auction your experienced lawyer is fully prepared for concluding the conveyancing within a as tight time frame as required .

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We are purchasing a chapel in West Thorney. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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The conveyancer could recommend a chancel search, whichever parish where the property being bought is found. Chancel repair may be apportioned on new owners of a property where church councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Is it advisable to get a chancel search? I am buying a house close by a parsonage in Ditchling.

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Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a property, but insurance is available should an obligation to fund repairs be enforced. Church of England properties in Ditchling where chancel liability may apply include The Beacon Parish.

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Should I use a conveyancing referred by our agent?

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Agent recommendations are a not uncommon way to find a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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Would ordering a house survey be necessary if we are buying property?

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We firmly suggest that property purchasers order a house survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many defects that will impact a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, which include poor ventilation or rotten roof timbers.

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How do you calculate SDLT, and how much do we need to budget for a £983k property?

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SDLT depends on the purchase price. For a house sold for £983k, stamp duty is £39320.*

*This information accurate as of 01/03/2013

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Are there any areas of conservation in Ditchling?

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Areas considered to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', like mining villages, may be recognised as conservation areas. The local council will offer more information about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities.

 
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