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Conveyancing in Downend Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/18

Handy nearby public transport and public service details:

Downend is approximately 1.5m of junction entry 1 Southbound of the M32.

The nearest train station to Downend is Bristol Parkway. The nearest airport to Downend is Bristol Airport (11 miles s).

Emersons Green, NHS Treatment Centre is the closest hospital.

Q.

How do we get a cheap solicitor in Downend to buy a home?

A.

Many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges may be added into the terms. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state any disbursements to be paid. Additional charges found in terms of engagement ought to be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Do we need to be aware of fixtures and fittings?

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Usually, fixtures are fixed items, such as shelving to the property, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. Your solicitor will request the agreement of a fixtures and fittings form to avoid such disputes, clarifying to both parties what items will stay, and which will be removed.

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We are intending to purchase a house in Westonbirt. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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Your conveyancing solicitor might recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the home being bought is located. In older areas of Downend, chancel repair can be imposed on current owners of a home where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Westonbirt, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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I am taking out a mortgage with Direct Line Mortgages - is there anything we need to know?

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Some lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal, however, can act for most CML-approved lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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How could purchase conveyancing have so many delays?

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Downend conveyancing will occasionally be held up. We know how distracting such delays can be and seek to minimise the impact of these delays whenever we can do so by driving the transaction forward. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as a slow firm acting for the lender.

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We are buying on a brownfield land. Is the top-soil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like aluminium (Al)?

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Downend and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include insecticides.

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Which factors will affect land in Downend?

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Residential property can be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes. Contaminants like civil aviation activity in the area or proximity to waste sites will be investigated during the conveyancing process.

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What is the council tax on a Forties end of terrace Band C dwelling in Downend?

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You should be supply your new house's band with the title report. Correct rates for homes in Downend are listed at the Bexley council site. At the time of writing (26 August 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £957.00
  • Band B - £1,116.00
  • Band C - £1,276.00
  • Band D - £1,435.00
  • Band E - £1,754.00
  • Band F - £2,073.00
  • Band G - £2,392.00
  • Band H - £2,871.00