What kind of local conveyancing searches concerning the potential risk of flooding at East Sussex will my Frant lawyer carry out?
Your solicitor will apply for standard environmental searches that should include Frant area flood risk information. A significantly more involved dedicated flood risk search (e.g Homecheck) will sometimes be advocated by your lawyer in Frant, if in the event that the initial searches reveal a risk of flooding.
Should we get a chancel search if I am buying in the parish of Falmer, near Frant?
Regardless of the Frant parish in which you are buying, the solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is taken out. In older areas of Frant, chancel repair can be imposed on new owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
The local agent has named a lawyer that they have used before. Should we use this firm?
Both agents and mortgage brokers will often refer a solicitors firm. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, an agent may decide to recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.
Of large Frant mortgage lenders, which firms are on your panel?
The Homeward Legal partnership have worked in conjunction with most lenders registered with the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Frant, like Mother Goose, 144 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0PJ, Lifescape Mortgage Solutions Ltd, 23 Hillary Close, East Grinstead, RH19 3XQ, and Whitecity Finance Ltd, Riverside Business Centre/River Lawn Rd, Tonbridge, TN9 1EP. The property lawyer handling your case can advise further.
If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.