If we plan to buy near Exeter, in the parish of Lamerton, do we need a chancel search?
A solicitor might recommend that a chancel search is taken out, whichever parish in which the residence being purchased is found.
Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to impose chancel repairs on new owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will not continue to be so. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.
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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In respect of the flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are questioning if conveyancing and environmental searches might not be sufficient?
Environmental searches conducted by your conveyancing solicitor in Exeter will include the more specialist Landmark flood search if required.
It may be prudent to also converse with a local resident for additional peace of mind or nearby Devon flood repair builder, for example: Steve Owen Builders, 63 Cowick Hill, Exeter, EX2 9NQ Tel: 01392 213195.
We really need to complete on the sale of our auctioned share of freehold flat within 5 weeks, are you a fast solicitor in Exeter ?
Our conveyancing solicitors have a speed focused approach to conducting the conveyancing and title transfer. The use of advanced technology and integrated systems . We also assign you a CQS lawyer who will always exert pressure with the complete property chain (line of buyers and sellers) including landlords, to accomplish a fast home move.
Which roads of Exeter are covered by a conservation area?
Parts of Exeter considered be of architectural merit, like country house estates, may be designated as conservation areas. St Davids, St Sidwells and Alphin Brook are among the conservation areas in Exeter. You may wish to contact the local council for more detail, but your solicitor will address this during the conveyancing process.
The property seller has unfortunately added unsightly dormer windows on the home which we think may breach St Sidwells conservation area rules.
The property solicitor will carry out searches identify whether the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the required consent from the Exeter council.