Is it necessary to get a chancel search if we are buying a Forest Row residence near land owned by the church?
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.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
What does 'gazumping' actually mean?
Gazumping takes place when a seller accepts a low offer and then rejects it, selecting instead a better offer. It may happen weeks into a purchase. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a danger of being gazumped. Instructing a property solicitor early is a key first step to reducing this risk.
We want to complete on the legal process our mortgaged share of freehold flat in under 30 days, are you fast Forest Row conveyancers ?
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.
Should I get a house survey?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors advise that Forest Row buyers arrange a property surveyor. There are a range of concerns that can negatively affect a property, for example cavity wall tie failure and wet rot. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.
We are moving in Forest Row, and have a conveyancing quote from you. Will there be any additional fees?
No. Homeward Legal's solicitors never hide any hidden extra charges for any reason. You should be aware that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.
The current owner appears to have installed satellite dishes on the home in Forest Row which we think may contravene conservation area rules
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.