What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
How is SDLT calculated, and how much should it be on a £193000 house?
Stamp Duty will depend on the valuation. For a property valued at £193000, stamp duty is £1930.
What does the Emersons Green conveyancing lawyer advise if the property is situated in a South Gloucestershire planning authority conservation area that may have conspicuous dormer windows fitted to it?
South Gloucestershire local authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) carried out by the solicitor as part of the conveyancing should confirm the existence of suitable consent for additions to the building.
Which government body is obliged for recording the status of neglect the conservation areas in Emersons Green?
Following a campaign, English Heritage keep a list of the condition of conservation areas in Emersons Green and across England. Conservation areas in Emersons Green are set up by the local authority (South Gloucestershire) who preside over the state of the area including things like neon signs, extensions and the upkeep of public spaces.
Our local agent has referred the solicitor . Do we need to use this firm?
Many agents in Emersons Green have referral deals with solicitors where they refer clients to them. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most appropriate choice.