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Conveyancing in Fulwell Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Fulwell area information

Fulwell Tyne & Wear Windmill, Sunderland Holy Trinity Churches Conservation Trust and North East Aircraft Museum Aviation Museum are close to Fulwell.

The closest airport to Fulwell is Newcastle Airport (15 miles). The closest station to Fulwell is Seaburn.

The most convenient hospital for Fulwell is Sunderland, Royal, Kayll Rd Entrance.


How do we get the best rates for conveyancing for a £281,000 house?


Confusion over this topic affects many homeowners who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many firms offer cheap conveyancing, but extra fees will be included in small print that homeowners often do not check. Any additional costs included in terms of engagement needs to be fair. They be applicable solely where the conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


Fulwell conveyancers do formal conveyancing searches when instructed by a home purchaser - which specific searches?


If you are applying for a mortgage lender mandates at least a specified set of searches, including the following Local Authority, Drainage Search and Environment Search,, and possibly area-specific searches for instance Official Search of Whole with Priority (OS1).


As a result of the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England I am concerned that environmental searches aren't thorough enough?


Property environmental searches conducted by your property lawyer in Fulwell should include the far more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.

If you remain still apprehensive you could get in touch with a neighbour or local resident.


We are buying in Fulwell on a recently-developed brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?


There are legislative rules in place to manage top-soil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include industrial storage.


I am planning on buying an extended investment flat in the boundary of Fulwell conservation area, how does one find more details on the state of repair?


English Heritage, a government body, maintain records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Sunderland) who administer things like what can be demolished to the inhibition of ugly shop fronts.


How many weeks does it take for our lawyer to complete all of the legal process for an apartment in a new build home we hope to buy in Fulwell?


Completion can take anywhere from a month to three months based on various things, like the efficiency of the sellers solicitor, or the completeness of the management information.


To complete on our leasehold property purchase ASAP, how do we aim for a fast exchange and completion in Fulwell?


Finding a proactive and experienced conveyancer is key moving faster. There are a range of things you, as the purchaser, can also do. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer
  • keeping in regular contact with the conveyancer
  • completing all forms as soon as possible


What is the council tax on a Sixties detached house in Fulwell?


Usually the conveyancing report on title should cover the relevant Sunderland council tax band.

Council tax rates for properties in Fulwell are set out in detail at the Sunderland local authority site. At the time of writing on 13/01/2013 band rates are:

  • Band A - £896.00
  • Band B - £1,045.00
  • Band C - £1,194.00
  • Band D - £1,343.00
  • Band E - £1,642.00
  • Band F - £1,941.00
  • Band G - £2,239.00
  • Band H - £2,687.00