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Conveyancing in Glastonbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Read about Glastonbury ;

Glastonbury's nearest train station is Castle Cary at 9 miles and the nearest airport to Glastonbury is Bristol Airport.

The most convenient hospital for Glastonbury is West Mendip Community Glastonbury.

Q.

How do we find the cheapest Glastonbury conveyancing quote?

A.

This topic affects many homeowners who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many solicitors advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra charges can pad the final bill. Additional charges listed in the solicitor's terms should be fair and only come into force where the conveyancer is required to complete extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Your quote should list applicable disbursements.Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.

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How is stamp duty measured, and how much should it be on a £140000 property?

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Stamp Duty will rely on the valuation. It is £1400 on a £140000 residential property (source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, November 2012).

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Would getting a property survey be advisable when buying a house?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors advise that most purchasers order an inspection. There can be a range of defects that have a negative impact on a property, for example cracks around door frames and chimney defects, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Fifties terraced Band G house in Glastonbury?

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Your council tax band should in most cases be highlighted as part of the title report, as well as by the local authority.

Council tax charges for homes in Glastonbury are set out in detail online at the Mendip local authority website. At the time of writing, 06 November 2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £982.00
  • Band B - £1,146.00
  • Band C - £1,310.00
  • Band D - £1,473.00
  • Band E - £1,801.00
  • Band F - £2,128.00
  • Band G - £2,455.00
  • Band H - £2,947.00

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Do I need to make use of the property lawyer usually used by my agent?

A.

The agent will have influence over a solicitor they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore induce a slow solicitor to work faster. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may decide to recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

Q.

Can Glastonbury brownfield land topsoil still be contaminated?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Glastonbury, but where substances causing significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater are found the land will be defined as 'contaminated'. Other sources of contaminated land include insecticides and groundwater contaminants like organic compounds.

Q.

We are buying a residence in Hemington. Is a chancel search specified?

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The solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. In Glastonbury's much older areas, chancel repair may be apportioned on the current owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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Which zones of Glastonbury are protected by a conservation area?

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Conservation areas denote streets and neighbourhoods of historical or architectural value. Your solicitor will be able to offer more information and address the impact buying in a conservation area may have.

 
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