I have requested a quote from you. Are there any hidden fees?
No. Our solicitors never charge any hidden fees. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.
As a consequence of the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years recorded were in last 10-12 years, I am wondering whether flood risk searches may not be sufficient?
Conveyancing searches conducted by your Essex conveyancing solicitor will include the more in depth search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.
If you remain apprehensive you could contact a local resident.
The current owner appears to have added inappropriate roof antenna to the maisonette which we think might break Thorpe conservation area (where we plan to buy) rules. What can we do?
The solicitor will determine if the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the necessary consents from the Maldon council.
This is standard procedure when acting for buyers and the seller will be asked a number of questions regarding compliance with the conservation area rules as well as being required to produce copies of any consents for any modifications granted by the local authority.
We are buying on a new development ex-industrial site. Is the top-soil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like arsenic (As)?
Policies are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Metal contamination of top-soil in Essex is more likely to occur near ex-industrial or waste handling sites. Data on other contaminants, like polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), will also be included in an environmental search.
Is the buyer or seller responsible for the searches?>
It is you, as the buyer, who is responsible for checking that all is well with the property you are buying. This is why your conveyancing solicitor will order a set of standard searches (Local Authority, Water and Drainage, Environmental, and Chancel Repair – these are also the searches requited by your mortgage lender), plus additional searches dependent on the property, recommendations from the surveyor in the survey report, and the location and history of the area.
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What factors will affect land in Essex, and should they be a concern?
Many of contaminants has the potential to affect residential property in Essex, like brine works. An environmental search should offer more information.