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Conveyancing in East Sussex Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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.

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

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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.

Q.

What environmental concerns can impact land in East Sussex. Are these checked for thoroughly?

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Numerous of contaminants can ruin residential property in East Sussex, such as sand or gravel pits. An environmental search will offer more detail.

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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?

A.

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.

Q.

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

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How common is gazumping?

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Gazumping arises when a seller acknowledges the 1st buyer's offer and then rejects it, selecting instead a greater offer. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. You should instruct an efficient solicitor as soon as you can to reduce the chance of gazumping.

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The property seller looks to have fitted inappropriate stone cladding to the property in East Sussex which we think might breach local conservation area criteria

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Your solicitor to ascertain if the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have required consents from the Rother council. In the absence of any consents, your East Sussex conveyancing solicitor will recommend the options, which include obtaining from the appropriate local authority or obtaining indemnity insurance.

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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.