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Conveyancing in Forest Row Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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Forest Row's closest train station is East Grinstead at 3 miles. The closest airport to Forest Row is Gatwick South Terminal Airport. Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 10 miles, Shoreham Airport is 24 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away.

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Forest Row area info

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Standen National Trust and Nutley Sussex Windmill are in the vicinity of Forest Row.

The nearest hospital is Queen Victoria East Grinstead.

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How do I get a cheap solicitor quote to buy a house?

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Various solicitors claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However additional costs may increase your final invoice. Any additional fees listed in your solicitor's terms should be reasonable. Based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

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We want to complete on the legal process our mortgaged share of freehold flat in under 30 days, are you fast Forest Row conveyancers ?

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Our carefully selected solicitors adopt a completely take charge approach to fulfilling the transfer of title. Having implemented cutting edge document production systems . We always look after you with property sellers carefully selected lawyer trained to communicate with the complete chain for example managing agents, to get a quick completion.

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Do we need a chancel search if we are intending to purchase in the parish of Bignor?

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A conveyancer is likely to recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair can be imposed on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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The current owner appears to have installed satellite dishes on the home in Forest Row which we think may contravene conservation area rules

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Your solicitor will carry out searches to check whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the appropriate consent from the Wealden planning authority.

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Will the property report compiled by the Forest Row property solicitor advise on the applicable rates of the council tax on a townhouse prior to contracts are exchanged?

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Your solicitor will approach the governing Wealden local authority to reveal the up to date council tax charges which will be included in the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax rates for Forest Row are set out in detail at the Wealden council site. At the time of writing (13 August 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,088.00
  • Band B - £1,270.00
  • Band C - £1,451.00
  • Band D - £1,632.00
  • Band E - £1,995.00
  • Band F - £2,358.00
  • Band G - £2,721.00
  • Band H - £3,265.00

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Is it necessary to get a chancel search if we are buying a Forest Row residence near land owned by the church?

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Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Forest Row Church council. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Forest Row must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Forest Row churches where chancel liability may apply include Holy Trinity.

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What property conveyancing searches will a lawyer in Forest Row order on a Forest Row home?

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The normal procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search, Environmental and Gypsum Mining and occasionally specific local searches, which might include Planning.

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Are there any conservation areas in Forest Row?

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Locales deemed to be of architectural merit, such as mining villages, will be recognised as conservation areas. Your solicitor will provide more details.