For a home valued at £988k. What will be calculated for SDLT?
The Stamp Duty Land Tax owed will rely on the purchase price. It is £39520 on a £988k home.
Which neighbourhoods of Garstang are covered by a conservation area?
Areas deemed to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', such as model housing estates, will be recognised as areas of conservation. The conveyancing solicitor handling your purchase should be able to advise further and discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.
Is Garstang soil likely to be contaminated by cadmium?
Metal contamination may have occurred throughout Garstang, but some very localised cases of contamination in Garstang may pose unacceptably high risk. Data on many contaminants, such as acidic compounds and water contaminants such as phenols, will be included in an environmental search.
Do we need to instruct a conveyancing referred by our estate agent?
Estate agent referrals are a common way to find a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, it may be the case that the agent recommends whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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