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Conveyancing in Eastbourne Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Eastbourne area information

Beachy Head Lighthouse, Eastbourne Towner Art Gallery and Pevensey Castle English Heritage are situated in Eastbourne.

The nearest train station to Eastbourne is Eastbourne and Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport is 26 miles from Eastbourne.

The closest hospital to Eastbourne is Esperance.

Q.

I am trying to find a cheap solicitor to purchase property. What do we need to check for?

A.

Several law firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional charges may be added into the terms of engagement.

Q.

How long on average should I expect it to take my designated solicitor to carry out the legal work on a flat in a sixties building we are purchasing?

A.

Completion can take anywhere from around a month and three months depending on a number of issues such as the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the time taken getting replies to enquiries.

Q.

Will I need a chancel search? We are buying a flat in Eastbourne.

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As a result of chancel repair liability, the owners of property in Eastbourne which was once owned by a 'lay rectors' can be liable for upkeep of a church in the area. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. The solicitor performing your conveyancing will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Eastbourne Church of England properties include St Elisabeth, Christ Church, All Saints and Holy Trinity.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Eastbourne?

A.

Eastbourne is located in Eastbourne Borough Council, Town Hall, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UG, contact: 01323 410 000

Q.

We are buying a unique building in the boundary of conservation area in Eastbourne, how do we uncover more details on the state of repair of the conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas in Eastbourne are designated by the local Eastbourne planning authority, who oversee everything from paths to the deterrence of rundown streets. English Heritage, a government body, have created records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

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We are purchasing a home in the parish of Battle. Is a chancel search necessary?

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The solicitor responsible for your move could recommend a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will continue to be free from liability. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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Should we get a survey for our house purchase?

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Homeward Legal firmly recommend that all purchasers in Eastbourne arrange a property survey if purchasing in Eastbourne. A range defects will impact a property. These include roof damage.

Q.

I would like to know which Eastbourne lenders you work with. Whose panels are your solicitors members of?

A.

Most lenders in Eastbourne are on our panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Eastbourne include Topaz, Unit 48 The Enterprise Centre/Station Pde, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD, DHH Mortgages, 120 Seaside Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 3PF, and Mortgages Protection Investments, The Enterprise Centre/Station Pde, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD.

 
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