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Conveyancing in Gloucestershire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/07/17

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Gloucestershire's nearest station is Stroud. The closest airport to Gloucestershire is Gloucester Airport (11 miles s). Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 25 miles away.

Stroud Maternity is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do we find affordable conveyancing in Gloucestershire?

A.

Numerous conveyancers purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied homeowners Any disbursements to be paid should also be included on your conveyancing quote Additional fees found in the terms should be reasonable and be applicable if the lawyer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Is it possible that some of the designated Gloucestershire conservation areas are in a bad state?

A.

An up-to-date inventory of the condition of conservation areas is assessed by English Heritage. This areas and information are currently viewable at the English Heritage website: Warmley with Siston is noted as very bad with low vulnerability and no significant change, Whitfield Tabernacle is noted as very bad with low vulnerability and unknown.

Q.

Our local agent has put forward the law firm who they generally use. Do we need to use them?

A.

Estate agent referrals are a commonplace route to find a solicitor. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online

or local firms, as some agents choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

We have taken out a conveyancing quote from you. Might we end up paying any hidden charges?

A.

No. Homeward Legal do not charge any hidden extra charges whatsoever. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete.

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Is there something I can do to defer paying out for stamp duty tax?

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Stamp duty is due on houses sold for more than 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended for purchases in Gloucestershire. Such schemes are expensive and very risky.

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Is soil in Gloucestershire contaminated by lithium?

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With the history of industry in parts of Gloucestershire, soil contamination is unavoidable. The local authority for Gloucestershire will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

We are purchasing a £450000 Gloucestershire residential property. How is stamp duty rates calculated?

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The rate of stamp duty owed will depend on the purchase price of the home. On a £450000 house or flat, stamp duty will be £13500.*

*This information correct as of October 2012

Q.

I am on a very small budget. Will doing the conveyancing myself without a conveyancing solicitor in Gloucestershire help save any cash?

A.

It can certainly possible to handle the conveyancing on your own. The truth is however that a conveyancer is familiar with a large array of functions including chasing mortgage offer and notifying parties of completion which need a qualified solicitor. Furthermore solicitors must carry insurance cover to protect you from any professional losses you encounter made by the lawyer.

 
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