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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/07/17

Local points of interest in Fenton

The Potteries Museum & Art Galleries Aviation Museum and Wetley Rocks Cellarhead Environmental Centre are close at hand to Fenton.

Longton train station is almost 1 mile from Fenton and the nearest airport to Fenton is Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport.

The nearest hospital is University Of North Staffordshire Stoke.


How do I find the best conveyancing rates for a £324,000 property?


Numerous conveyancers promote so-called cheap conveyancing, however extra fees will be included in small print. A quote should also state the disbursements to be paid. Feeswhich are listed in terms and conditions should be reasonable and clear. They be applied only where your lawyer must perform additional tasks for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.


What is the council tax on a period terraced Band G home in Fenton?


You will be give information your new homes council tax band with the conveyancing report on title. The correct charges for Fenton are listed at the Stoke-on-Trent council site. As at, 14 June 2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £952.00
  • Band B - £1,111.00
  • Band C - £1,270.00
  • Band D - £1,429.00
  • Band E - £1,746.00
  • Band F - £2,064.00
  • Band G - £2,381.00
  • Band H - £2,857.00


What authority looks after for publishing the condition of Fenton and Fenton conservation areas?


Conservation areas in Fenton are set up by Stoke-on-Trent who regulate conservation area concerns from including things like back illuminated signs, addition of PVC windows and whether trees can be cut down. English Heritage, a government body, have created records of the state of repair of conservation areas in Fenton and throughout England.


How can we stop gazumping?

Gazumping occurs when one buyer's offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the property owner and then selecting a higher offer. There is almost always a risk of being gazumped. Instructing your property solicitor as early as possible to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.


For fast conveyancing to buy a £ 949k property, how can we speed things up?


Essential to a fast conveyancing transaction is to employing a experienced conveyancer. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
  • How soon will they order searches?


What will the Fenton conveyancing lawyer recommend if the house is within a conservation area in Stoke-on-Trent and turns out to have unseemly windows fitted to it?


The local authority enquiries carried out by the solicitor during the conveyancing process should confirm if the property is inside a designated conservation area and evidence of consent for alterations will be requested.

If no necessary permissions be available the solicitor will inform you of the alternatives like requesting an indemnity insurance policy or getting retrospective consent from Stoke-on-Trent planning authority.


Will I need a house survey for our house purchase?


The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly recommend that home buyers in Fenton order a property survey if purchasing in Fenton. There can be a range of defects that can negatively affect a property, which a conveyancing solicitor will not report on, which include roof damage.


How early should I find a conveyancer?


With few exceptions, the faster you instruct the better, as conveyancing involves a number of tasks which may be performed immediately. Promptly instructing a solicitor for your Fenton transaction for a purchase may mean that you will the details of your Fenton solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.