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Conveyancing in Eaglescliffe Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Practical nearby public transport and public service facts and figures ;

Eaglescliffe's closest train station is Bishop Auckland at 6 miles. The nearest airport to Eaglescliffe is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport. Newcastle Airport is 25 miles and Darlington Airport is 20 miles away.

Bishop Auckland General is the nearest hospital for Eaglescliffe.


We are looking for a cheap Eaglescliffe solicitor for selling a house. What do we need to consider?


This catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


Does the property lawyer in Eaglescliffe inform me about the cost of the council tax on a Band D house before completion?


The property solicitor will speak to the Stockton-on-Tees local authority to ascertain the latest council tax rates, which will subsequently be added to the conveyancer's title report. Correct rates for residents of Eaglescliffe are listed at the Stockton-on-Tees council website. On (16 January 2013) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,024.00
  • Band B - £1,194.00
  • Band C - £1,365.00
  • Band D - £1,535.00
  • Band E - £1,877.00
  • Band F - £2,218.00
  • Band G - £2,559.00
  • Band H - £3,071.00


Is a deed of covenant a disbursement or a fee?

Disbursements and fees ought to be identified on your conveyancing quote. This charge is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in the quote for your conveyancing.


Will I need a homebuyer report?


It is advised that you arrange a survey if buying in Eaglescliffe. Numerous concerns can negatively affect a property. These include blocked drains and cracks in walls.


For fast conveyancing to buy a £597,000 property, how can we speed things up?


As is often reported, finding a proactive, diligent lawyer is crucial to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are several things you as the buyer can also do. These include:

  • encouraging your lawyer to carry out searches promptly
  • quickly answering your lawyer's questions
  • organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage


Is cadmium contamination regularly identified in Eaglescliffe soil?


Most soils in Eaglescliffe have some degree of contamination, from agriculture or industry. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Eaglescliffe, including local authorities.


Why can purchase conveyancing legal work have so many delays?


Conveyancing could potentially be delayed for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the delays are beyond a lawyer's power. Homeward Legal do our best to diminish the effect of these delays where feasible.


Do we need a chancel search if we are buying in the parish of Gainford, near Eaglescliffe?


The conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search. In older areas of Eaglescliffe, chancel repair may be imposed on new owners of a building where parish councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.