Is it hard to sell a property located in a conservation area?
A conservation area is designated and managed by the local authority to ensure the unique nature of the location is maintained by placing restrictions on changes to the buildings, street furniture and green spaces to protect the architectural or historical interest of everything within the conservation area boundary.
Because of this resistance to change, this usually means homes in conservation areas are more attractive to buyers, and, as such, there may be a premium to pay over properties outside such areas. Because of the attraction of such property, they will usually sell well and quickly. However, there will need to be greater checks by the buyer’s solicitor to verify that your property conforms to the conservation area restrictions, which may add extra time to the duration of the conveyancing.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have a great deal of experience working with sales and purchases in conservation areas, so why not give our team a quick call on 0800 038 6699 right now to find out what we can do to help your plans?
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
Are any conservation areas in Eden Park likely to affect us?
Areas considered to be of historical merit, like 19th century suburbs, may be registered as conservation areas. Your property solicitor will be able to provide more details, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Eden Park.
May my property legal fees introduce any hidden costs?
No. Homeward Legal's solicitors do not charge any hidden extra fees for standard conveyancing legal work. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, which they will not be bound to.
Following recent news about the catastrophic flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are thinking that property conveyancing searches might not be sufficient?
A Eden Park conveyancer should also get flood searches (Landmark search) if the initial conveyancing searches establishes a any kind of risk of flooding in Eden Park.
For added peace of mind might be able to speak to a local resident.
We need to complete this house purchase as soon as possible, how can we ensure fast legal work?
Firstly, a fast conveyancing transaction is crucial to is to employing a proactive, diligent solicitor. When finding a suitable a solicitor, ask yourself the following: Was there a delay delivering a quote? Do they use email? Do they order searches immediately?
What do searches relate to?
These searches are an accepted set of queries requested by the buyer's property lawyer, which may include a lead mining search. Searches are strongly recommended, however they cover solely issues with the property's title.