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Conveyancing in East Sussex Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

Useful nearby travel and public service details:

East Sussex's closest airport is Gatwick South Terminal Airport. Stonegate train station is approximately 7 miles from East Sussex.

Uckfield is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do I get affordable conveyancing in East Sussex?

A.

Numerous firms claim to offer cheap conveyancing. Often additional charges are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Any additional costs listed in your solicitor's terms should be fair. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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My wife and I are buying in East Sussex. How can we check that the building is in a conservation area?

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The local areas around East Sussex will include numerous conservation areas. These restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners, but the benefits will include properties can be easier to sell. Your conveyancing lawyer will be able to advise further.

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Should the home's form for fixtures and fittings list alarm systems?

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There is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings, potentially leading to anger after a sale completes and items are missing. The fixtures and fittings form is intended to avoid confusion and will save much anxiety later in the conveyancing process..

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How is stamp duty tax calculated in East Sussex, and how much do we need to budget for a £63000 property?

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SDLT in East Sussex will depend on the purchase price. On a £63000 property, stamp duty will be £0.*

*This information correct as of March 2013

Q.

We are buying on a East Sussex ex-industrial site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like aluminium?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout East Sussex, but contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including food-processing waste.

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Which particular searches should the lawyer in East Sussex apply for when buying a East Sussex building?

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Normal legal protocol will be to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage Search (Con29DW), Environmental and Gypsum Mining and, depending on certain criteria, specific searches, which may include a Official Search of whole with priority.

Q.

Our mortgage lender is Yorkshire Bank - what will I need to check?

A.

Buyers should be aware that some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating increased conveyancing costs for buyers. We are able to act for the majority of lenders.

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Which local authority is responsible for East Sussex?

  • East Sussex intersects with the following local authorities: Brighton & Hove City Council, King's House, Grand Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2LS, contact: 01273 290 000
  • Eastbourne Borough Council, Town Hall, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UG, contact: 01323 410 000
  • Hastings Borough Council, Town Hall, Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1QR, contact: 0845 274 1066
  • Lewes District Council, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LX, contact: 01273 471 600
  • Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill- on- Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX, contact: 01424 787 878
  • Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill- on- Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX, contact: 1425 787 878
  • Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill- on- Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX, contact: 1427 787 878
  • Tandridge District Council, Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0BT, contact: 01883 722 000
  • Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX, contact: 01323 443 322