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Conveyancing in Forest of Dean Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/04/18

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The closest train station to Forest of Dean is Lydney. Gloucester Airport is 20 miles from Forest of Dean.

Dilke Memorial Ruspidge is the most convenient hospital to Forest of Dean.

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How do I get affordable conveyancing in Forest of Dean?

A.

Many online and high street solicitors offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional charges are frequently hidden in the small print. These terms are often ignored by excited sellers and buyers, eager to get underway. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Northern Rock is going to be our mortgage lender - what will we need to be aware of?

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Prior to recent changes, it was usually straightforward for solicitors to act for both a buyer and their lender. A small number of lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for property buyers. Homeward Legal will act for all major mortgage lenders so that you will not be required to pay legal costs to your lender's solicitor.

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Would you recommend looking into how to get out of paying for SDLT?

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Homeward Legal strongly advise against any form of stamp duty scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and unreliable. There have been a range of official schemes, such as disadvantaged area relief. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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Which government authority has overall responsibility for policing the standard of the conservation areas in Forest of Dean?

Following a campaign, English Heritage have conducted a survey and created records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

Local conservation areas are nominated by the local Forest of Dean planning authority, who maintain everything from including things like street guard rails, dormer windows and trees.

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Which local authority is responsible for Forest of Dean?

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Forest of Dean is located in Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8BH Tel: 01594 810 000

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What does 'gazumping' really mean?

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This arises when a seller acknowledges an offer and then rejects it, opting for a higher offer. It could occur even months into a transaction. The risk of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. You should instruct a property solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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In respect of the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are wondering if flood searches aren't sufficient?

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A qualified conveyancing solicitor in Forest of Dean will consider include conveyancing and environmental searches if the first searches establishes a any kind of the local Forest of Dean flood risk

Sometimes home buyers to converse with a neighbour to get more local history.

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Will my assigned solicitor in Forest of Dean report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band H apartment prior to exchanging contracts?

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The homes respective band should usually be reported within the title report along with the local council. The correct rates for residents of Forest of Dean are set out in detail online at the Forest of Dean local authority website. At the time of writing on 01 March 2013 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,006.00
  • Band B - £1,174.00
  • Band C - £1,342.00
  • Band D - £1,509.00
  • Band E - £1,845.00
  • Band F - £2,180.00
  • Band G - £2,516.00
  • Band H - £3,019.00