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Conveyancing in Farnborough Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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

By road: Farnborough is served by the M3, A325 and A331. By rail: The nearest train stations are Farnborough and Farnborough North. By air: Farnborough is closest to TAG London Farnborough Airport (2 miles), Blackbushe Airport (7), London Heathrow Airport (20), Northolt Jet Centre (30), Wycombe Air Park (33), London Heliport (37), Redhill Aerodrome (38), Chichester/Goodwood Airport (39), London Gatwick Airport (43), Southampton Airport (44), Elstree Aerodrome (45), and London Biggin Hill Airport (50 miles).

Hospital: Frimley Park, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 7UJ. Council: Rushmoor Borough (www.rushmoor.gov.uk).

Attractions: Farnborough Air Services Science Trust, Queen Elizabeth Park, Farnborough Air Show, and St. Michael’s Abbey.

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I am selling a flat in Farnborough, and have had a very reasonable quote from you, but am I likely to be charged any extra fees?

Regrettably, some solicitors’ firms’ quotes are not all that they seem, and sellers need to be watchful for extra costs hidden in a quote's terms and conditions. Be aware that they will provide a low estimate, not an accurate quote, which they will not then be bound to, thus increasing your final bill. However, at Homeward Legal, we will not charge any additional fees. With us, it’s a case of ‘what you see is what you get’, so you will always be in charge of your legal bill. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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We plan to buy a property in the parish of Farnborough, so should we order a chancel search?

As part of the conveyancing process, your lawyer will confirm whether a chancel search should be taken out or not. In older areas of Farnborough, chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely. Your solicitor will run through all the options so that you are protected.

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The property-seller has added unseemly doors, which might infringe the St. Catherine’s conservation area rules, so what do I do?

Conservation areas are locations designated as having architectural or historical significance. The purpose of conservation areas is to protect the buildings (and trees and plants in some cases) from inappropriate extensions and building. Your lawyer will be able to establish whether the property you are buying is within one of them, and if any modifications have the required permissions. If no suitable consents can be provided, your Farnborough conveyancer will inform you of all options (for example, obtaining an indemnity insurance policy, or seeking retrospective consent from the planning authority).

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Handling the legal work for selling a Farnborough maisonette without a lawyer looks like an attractive way of cutting costs, but would it actually be a good economy?

There are no legal arguments as to why a home-mover shouldn’t engage in the majority of the legal process without the help of a trained lawyer. However, a property solicitor carries out a huge number of assignments (such as chasing replies to enquiries, and interpreting the lease), many of which require the relevant training and some experience. Doing the work by yourself will incur delays that might jeopardise the entire move. Most important of all the considerations, DIY lawyers are not covered by appropriate indemnity insurance, which legal firms are required by their regulator to carry. Try our quote calculator or call our waiting team on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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What can we do to help with arranging fast legal work for a purchase in Farnborough?

The key to a fast completion is to employ an experienced, proactive and diligent property lawyer, like the ones we have at Homeward Legal. Beyond that, there are several tasks you as the buyer could do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • responding to your property lawyer by phone, fax or email wherever possible
  • arranging your mortgage offer as early as you can
  • requesting regular updates from your property lawyer and keeping the pressure on
  • Try our quote calculator or call us on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote. We will be glad to help you.

    Q.

    Our lender will be Platform Home Loans, but what will we need to consider?

    A small number of lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them when organising mortgages. Homeward Legal will act for many mortgage lenders, which means that the lenders won’t pass on their legal bill to you.

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    We are looking to move from our semi-detached house near Farnborough into a home in Fareham, so at what stage should we select a removal company?

    We usually encourage buyers and sellers to put off organising removals until after the exchange of contracts because, typically, a firm move date will not have been established. Many home removals companies will impose a change-of-date cost. When it comes time to appoint a firm, try:

    • Alexanders Removals, Unit 1, 71 Osborne Road, Farnborough, GU14 6AP (Tel: 01252 693127)
    • Young Man & Van, 1 Hadleigh Gardens, Frimley Green, Camberley, GU16 6NJ (Tel: 01252 518181)
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    Why does the conveyancing work take months on a purchase in Farnborough?

    The conveyancing process will sometimes be drawn out even where there is no chain. Unfortunately, the reasons are sometimes out of a solicitor's control. Homeward Legal, however, endeavour to minimise the impact of these delays where it is possible to do so by using fast search providers and proactive communication. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow third parties (e.g. landlords or managing agents), or the lack of responsiveness of the seller’s solicitor. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

    Q.

    What average time should it take our assigned conveyancing solicitor to get through all of the conveyancing formalities on an apartment in a home we are intending to buy in Farnborough?

    A.

    The conveyancing process can take anywhere from 3 weeks and twelve weeks, based on a number of things for example the speed of the seller's conveyancer, or re-negotiations following a survey.

    Q.

    Is the HS2 line going to impact properties in Chiltern District?

    A.

    Yes. HS2 Phase 1 will likely impact some houses in Great Missenden, and construction work is expected to begin in 2017.

    Q.

    Which local authority is responsible for Farnborough?

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    Farnborough is located in Rushmoor Borough Council, Council Offices, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7JU, Tel: 01252 398 398

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    Regarding the fact that last year was second wettest year since 1920, we are wondering whether flood risk searches aren't sufficient?

    A.

    Conveyancing searches applied for by your Farnborough solicitor should also include a more rigorous flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

    If you are still worried you could attempt to contact a neighbour or local resident.

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    How much would the conveyancing searches cost?

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    Searches range in cost, depending on the particular searches ordered. The most generally useful searches include a chancel liability search and an environmental search.

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    What precautions can I take to get out of paying for SDLT?

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    Stamp duty avoidance must be treated with caution by purchasers in Farnborough. Such schemes are expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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    We are looking to move from our semi detached building near Farnborough into a home in Fareham . At what stage to select a removal company?

    A.

    We usually encourage buyers and sellers put off organising removals until after exchange of contracts as typically an actual move date will not have been confirmed. Many home removals companies will impose a change of date cost . Try Alexanders Removals, 71 Osborne Road, Farnborough, GU14 6AP on 01252 693127 or Young Man & A Van, 1 Hadleigh Gdns, Frimley Green, Camberley, GU16 6NJ Phone: 01252 518181.