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Conveyancing in Frenchay Q & A's

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Updated: 19/04/17

Read about the area ;

Frenchay is very close at 0.25m of the M32 junction entry 1 Southbound.

The closest airport to Frenchay is Bristol Airport (11 miles s). Frenchay's nearest station is Bristol Parkway.

Frenchay Bristol is the closest hospital.

Q.

How do we get a cheap solicitor quote to own property?

A.

Numerous firms promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra costs may inflate your solicitor's invoice. Any additional costs found in the terms needs to be fair and only apply in cases where the lawyer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

What length of time should I expect it to take my designated property lawyer to handle all of the legal formalities on a maisonette in a house?

A.

The conveyancing process can take anywhere between a month and twelve weeks contingent on a number of issues such as the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or whether the property is freehold or leasehold.

Q.

The property in Frenchay being bought is on a brownfield site. What should we do regarding arsenic soil contamination?

A.

Considerable measures are taken on a national level to find and clean up soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Frenchay is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like radioactive waste and water contaminants such as sewage, will also be included in an environmental search.

Q.

We are purchasing a £239000 Frenchay residential property, what should be assessed for Stamp Duty Land Tax?

A.

The Stamp Duty you will owe is dependent on several factors, most importantly the purchase price. Stamp duty will be £2390 on a £239000 Frenchay property (information correct March 2013).

Q.

What should I be conscious of if we buy a maisonette in a Bristol planning authority conservation area ?

A.

An integral part of conveyancing includes ordering of LLC1 searches of the local authority to see conservation area status and the required consent for any modifications. If no local authority consents be available your solicitor will give you professional advice on the options like taking out an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective consent.

Q.

If I am intending to purchase near Frenchay, in the parish of Alveston, do we need a chancel search?

A.

Your lawyer is likely to recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish where the home being bought is found. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have determined to exact chancel repairs on the current owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not automatically be the case for future owners.

Q.

The local agent has offered the lawyer. Is it a good idea to instruct them?

A.

Many agents in Eltham will have a referral arrangement with solicitors whereby they refer work to them. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Frenchay?

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Frenchay is located in South Gloucestershire Council, The Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 1HF, phone: 01454 868 009

 
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