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Conveyancing in Eastbourne Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Eastbourne -

By road: Eastbourne is served by the A22, A27, and A259. By rail: The nearest train station is Eastbourne. By air: Brighton Airport is 34 miles and London Gatwick Airport is 49 miles from Eastbourne.

Hospital: Eastbourne District General, King’s Drive, Eastbourne, BN21 2UD. Council: Eastbourne Borough Council (www.eastbourne.gov.uk).

Attractions: Beachy Head, Seven Sisters, Eastbourne Pier, Eastbourne Bandstand, Eastbourne Redoubt, and Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park.

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I am trying to find a cheap solicitor to purchase a property in Eastbourne. What should we check for?

It is very easy to be swayed by the so-called ‘cheapest conveyancing quotes’ claimed by many online and high street firms, but you should be vigilant. Even though you may want to speed up your purchase in Eastbourne, you should take some time to look at the small print in their quote because often there are extra costs hidden there. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

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Is Homeward Legal geared up for 28-day completions on the conveyancing of residential property auctions in Eastbourne?

Yes. In fact, Homeward Legal’s solicitors are property auction specialists and regularly take instructions from buyers at auction. It is a smart decision for purchasers to appoint a property conveyancing lawyer as early as possible for a detailed investigation of the legal papers before the auction. Following the auction your now-prepared lawyer will be geared up to finishing the legal side of things inside the reduced four-week timeframe conventionally required by the terms of sale. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk through your auction requirements and to obtain a fixed-fee quote.

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We are planning to exchange contracts in the next month on our detached house in Eastbourne. Would now be a good time to line up a removals firm?

It is very tempting for buyers and sellers to want to get everything sorted out with their move as soon as possible, including organising the various firms who will be involved, such as the removals. However, Homeward Legal strongly recommends that you delay signing up a removals firm until after the exchange of contracts. It is at this point that moving dates are firm; prior to that, they are prone to frequent change. And you might find that you are liable to a rearrangement levy if they do.

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Should I select the property lawyer suggested by my agent in Eastbourne?

Opting for a solicitor who has been referred to you by the estate agent can create synergies that are of benefit to your move, because such an arrangement might possibly speed up your move. However, such referrals need to be weighed up against all the alternatives, including online or local firms, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are highly trained and experienced. Call our conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Will the report on title prepared by the conveyancing solicitor highlight the amount of council tax for a Band D maisonette in Eastbourne before exchange?

Your conveyancing lawyer will consult with the council to find out the latest council tax band and rates pertaining to your Eastbourne property. This information will be written in the report on title. The correct rates for residents of Eastbourne are tabled on the Eastbourne local authority website (see the public service information section at the head of these FAQs). For the 2016/2017 tax year, the Eastbourne council tax rates were:

  • Band A - £1,144.02
  • Band B - £1,334.70
  • Band C - £1,525.36
  • Band D - £1,716.04
  • Band E - £2,097.38
  • Band F - £2,478.72
  • Band G - £2,860.06
  • Band H - £3,432.08

Retrieved on 17 February 2017

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

Most of the mortgage lenders in Eastbourne are on our panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Eastbourne include:

  • Nationwide Building Society, 130 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3AJ
  • DHH Mortgages, 120 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PF
  • Meads Park Investments, Unit U, Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD
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Flood-risk searches are determined from archived records, but when one considers recent weather changes (e.g. the Met Office warn of more intense rain by 15-30%), are they the best way to identify enough information about the ever-changing Eastbourne risk of flooding?

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding at your Eastbourne house. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search can be requested. This is an inexpensive disbursement (about £20). Property purchasers sometimes speak to a future neighbour for added assurance if they are still concerned about the flood risk.

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How long will it take our assigned conveyancer to finish the legal process for a terraced home in Eastbourne that we intend to buy?

Unfortunately, many people’s experience of the conveyancing process is that it can be frustratingly slow, adding further worry to an already stressful time. The length of time, affected by many factors (but usually waiting for responses or forms to be completed), can be anything from 3 weeks to 3 months. With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Use our quote calculator, or give us a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up with our solid ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Is uranium often found in Eastbourne soil?

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Soil contamination is monitored frequently. The local authority for Eastbourne will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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We are buying in Eastbourne. How can we verify that the building is in a designated conservation area?

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There are a range of areas of conservation located near Eastbourne. Your property solicitor will be able to provide more details and discuss the relevant responsibilities.

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What factors help with ensuring fast legal work?

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Finding a proactive conveyancing solicitor is key buying faster. There are, however, numerous things you, as the purchaser, can also do to speed up your conveyancing. These include:

  • quickly answering your conveyancing solicitor's questions (by email if possible)
  • getting your mortgage offer in place
  • asking for property searches to be ordered immediately

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The property seller has added doors on the home in Eastbourne which may conflict with conservation area criteria

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A property lawyer should determine whether the property is affected by a conservation area and whether any modifications have the necessary consent from the Eastbourne authority. In the absence of any appropriate consents, your solicitor will give you professional advice on all options, which include obtaining from Eastbourne local authority or getting covered by an indemnity policy.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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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How is Stamp Duty Land Tax calculated, what should we budget for a £189000 property?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is dependent on the value of the house or flat. Stamp duty will be £1890 on a £189000 house or flat in Eastbourne.