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Conveyancing in Dudley Q & A's

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Updated: 19/04/17

Helpful Dudley travel and public service information

As calculated by the UK census Dudley has a residential population of 410,598 spread over an area of 147,390 acres (59,647 hectares) which equals a density of residential population of 2.8 people per acre or 6.9 per hectare.

Dudley is nearby at under three miles of junction entry 2 Northbound of the M5.

The closest station to Dudley is Tipton. The nearest airport to Dudley is Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport. Birmingham Airport is 16 miles and away.

Guest Dudley is a relatively close hospital.


I need to find a solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing in Dudley. What should we check?


The confusion over this issue catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many firms promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional fees are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be defined on your conveyancing quote


I am interested in purchasing in Dudley. How do I establish whether the residence is in a designated conservation area?


Conservation areas distinguish local areas of architectural or historic interest. Wordsley Church, Stourbridge Branch Canal (Canal Street) and Wollaston are among the conservation areas in Dudley. The advantages of these restrictions include confidence that property will retain its value, but they can result in the buyer inheriting liability of unauthorised changes. Your lawyer will be able to advise further.


When in the process should we instruct a conveyancer in Dudley?

Simply, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks which may begin very early in the process. Instructing your solicitor sooner for a purchase may mean that you will the details of your Dudley solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.


What is the council tax on a detached building in Dudley?


Ordinarily, a title report should supply the Sandwell council tax band. Council tax rates for homes in Dudley are listed on the Sandwell council website. At the time of writing on 13/08/2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £882.00
  • Band B - £1,029.00
  • Band C - £1,176.00
  • Band D - £1,323.00
  • Band E - £1,617.00
  • Band F - £1,911.00
  • Band G - £2,205.00
  • Band H - £2,646.00


Is a Homebuyer Report necessary when buying a house in Dudley?


Homeward Legal strongly advise that buyers arrange a building survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many defects that affect a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, including severe weathering.


What particular searches does the conveyancing solicitor in Dudley apply for a Dudley building?


The common conveyancing procedure is to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environment Search and Limestone Search and occasionally area-specific searches for example Land charge Searches.


Should I choose the law firm put forward by the estate agent in Brierley Hill?


Agent referrals are a commonplace path for purchasers to get a solicitor. However, if they are paid a referral fee, some agents choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.


Is gazumping accepted in Dudley?


The practice of rejecting the first offer post-acceptance after a second buyer has made a better offer is called gazumping. The danger of getting gazumped exists for almost any purchase. You should instruct a law firm as early as possible to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.