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Conveyancing in Dronfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/04/17

Handy nearby public transport and public service information

Dronfield's nearest airport is Sheffield City Airport (7 miles). Robin Hood Airport is 23 miles, Gamston Airport is 22 miles and away and Dronfield's nearest train station is Dronfield.

Alexandra Private Chesterfield is the closest hospital for Dronfield.

Q.

We need a lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing. What should we check?

A.

This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy buyers Any additional charges which are listed in the small print should be reasonable and clear. They only apply in cases where your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Applicable disbursements ought to be listed on the conveyancing quote. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Does my assigned property solicitor in Dronfield report back to me about the cost of council tax on a Band G building before exchanging contracts?

A.

Your solicitor will liaise with the governing North East Derbyshire local council to ascertain the appropriate council tax charges which will then be added to the report on title. Up-to-date charges for homes in Dronfield are published online at the North East Derbyshire local authority site. At the time of writing on 12 September 2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,222.00
  • Band C - £1,396.00
  • Band D - £1,571.00
  • Band E - £1,920.00
  • Band F - £2,269.00
  • Band G - £2,618.00
  • Band H - £3,142.00

Q.

Which actual conveyancing searches will the Dronfield property solicitor conduct when acting on a Dronfield flat?

A.

The conventional procedure is to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search and Lead and perhaps special local Dronfield searches e.g. a HS2 Search.

Q.

We need to know which Dronfield lenders your conveyancing solicitors work with. Which panels are your solicitors members of?

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We are able to work with the majority of lenders assisting Dronfield homebuyers. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Newholme, 69 Hollins Spring Av, Dronfield, S18 1RP, and Financial Planning Partnership, 17 Hallowes Rise, Dronfield, S18 1YA. Your solicitor should be able to carry out any relevant lender-imposed searches or checks.

Q.

May our legal charges include any hidden charges?

A.

No. Homeward Legal will not charge any hidden fees. You should be aware that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, which they will not be bound to.

Q.

If I plan to buy near Dronfield, in the parish of Heath, do we need a chancel search?

A.

A conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have determined to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will remain liability-free for new owners. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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What can a Dronfield conveyancing solicitor do if the property we am buying is located in a registered conservation area and has unsightly windows installed?

A.

North East Derbyshire local authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search carried out by a property lawyer as part of the conveyancing will find out whether the Dronfield property a conservation area and any evidence of permission for alterations will be required.

Q.

We need to complete this £662k home purchase as soon as possible, how can we arrange fast conveyancing in Dronfield?

A.

Contacting a communicative solicitor is crucial to a faster move. Furthermore, there are numerous tasks you, as the purchaser, can also do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • contacting your solicitor regularly
  • quickly completing and return any forms
  • organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage

 
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