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Conveyancing in Folkestone Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Folkestone points of interest

Kent Battle Of Britain Museum Aviation Museum and Capel-le-Ferne St Mary the Virgin Churches Conservation Trust are close at hand to Folkestone.

Folkestone's nearest station is Folkestone Central and Lydd Airport is 13 miles from Folkestone. Manston Airport is 21 mile and away.

Folkestone is very close at 1m of the M20 junction entry 13 Eastbound.

The nearest hospital is Royal Victoria Folkestone.

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How do we find affordable conveyancing?

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Both high-street and online firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing, however extra charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. A quote should also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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What property conveyancing searches does the conveyancing solicitor in Folkestone get when acting on a Folkestone flat?

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Normal legal protocol will be to obtain Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search, Environment Search and Coal Mining (Con29M) and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches e.g. a Chancel Check.

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Does my assigned property solicitor in Folkestone report back to me about the cost of the council tax on a Band E maisonette prior to completion?

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A lawyer will speak to the council to reveal the correct council tax rates, which should be included in the title report. The latest tax rates for Folkestone are set out in detail online at the Shepway council website. At the time of writing, 16 December 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,025.00
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  • Band B - £1,196.00
  • Band C - £1,367.00
  • Band D - £1,538.00
  • Band E - £1,879.00
  • Band F - £2,221.00
  • Band G - £2,563.00
  • Band H - £3,075.00

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Do we need a chancel search if we plan to purchase in the parish of Chislet?

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The conveyancing solicitor might recommend a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not automatically be the case for future owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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How soon should I instruct a solicitor in Folkestone?

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In the majority of situations, the faster you instruct the better. The legal work can then commence very early in the process. Promptly instructing a firm for your Folkestone transaction can limit the risk of your sale or purchase falling though.

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If my family are buying a Folkestone house close to church grounds, do you need a chancel liability search?

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The outcome of a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must subsidise church repairs. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Folkestone must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Ecclesiastical properties in the local area include Christ Church, St John the Baptist, St Saviour and St Mary & St Eanswythe.

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What local factors can impact land in Folkestone, and will they be thoroughly investigated?

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Land in Folkestone can be contaminated by several human activities, like air pollution or landfill sites. An environmental search will give more detail.

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Are your recommend solicitors geared up for move fast on auction conveyancing in Folkestone?

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In fact we are auction specialists and frequently act for auction buyers and sellers. It is a shrewd move to choose a suitable solicitors practice as soon as they can for a detailed investigation of the property's legal title well before the day of bidding. Subsequently, following the actual auction your instructed lawyer will be geared up to rapidly finishing the transaction inside 4 weeks as required .