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Conveyancing in Godstone Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Read all about the Godstone area ;

Motorists are well served with Godstone ideally situated with very convenient major road access close at inside 1m of Junction 6 Westbound of the M25.

The closest airport to Godstone is London Biggin Hill Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 23 miles, London City Airport is 19 miles, London Heliport Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 8 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 22 miles and away. Godstone's closest train station is Godstone at 2 miles.

North Downs Caterham is the closest hospital to Godstone.

Q.

How do I get affordable conveyancing in Godstone?

A.

Both high-street and online firms claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However additional fees may be added into the terms and conditions. The disbursements to be paid should be included on your conveyancing quote Additional fees found in terms of engagement should be fair. Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.

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Why might the conveyancing process be so delayed?

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The legal work required to buy or sell property could be exposed to significant delays even in the best of circumstances. In some cases, the causes are out of the solicitors' hands. Homeward Legal do our best to reduce the cost of these delays wherever a difference can be made.

Q.

Does my lawyer in Godstone tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band B house before exchange?

A.

Your property lawyer will contact the relevant Tandridge local authority to find out the currently applicable council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be detailed in the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax charges for Godstone are listed on the Tandridge council website. Currently, 09 February 2013, rates are:

  • Band A - £1,042.00
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  • Band B - £1,216.00
  • Band C - £1,390.00
  • Band D - £1,563.00
  • Band E - £1,911.00
  • Band F - £2,258.00
  • Band G - £2,605.00
  • Band H - £3,126.00

Q.

Should I get a local property surveyor to review the house purchase?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggest that most Godstone buyers order a home buyer survey. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of problems that have a negative impact on a property, which a conveyancing solicitor will not report on, such as flat roof leaks and chimney defects.

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What will our searches usually cost?

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With Homeward Legal, clients are required to pay at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Conveyancing searches are charged 'at cost'.

Q.

Is it necessary that we get a chancel search when we are purchasing in Godstone?

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Owners of property near to a medieval church may be required to contribute towards the cost of repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. As a consequence of a recent Act, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. A solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Godstone churches which may give rise to chancel liability include St Nicholas.

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I am buying a sixties house in the middle of a Godstone conservation area, where does one get details concerning the state of repair?

A.

Following a campaign, English Heritage keep a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Conservation areas in Godstone are nominated by the local Tandridge planning authority, who administer things like the upkeep of public spaces to the policing of back illuminated signs.

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If we are intending to purchase near Godstone, in the parish of Elstead, do we need a chancel search?

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Your property lawyer could recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the home being purchased is found. In Godstone's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on new owners of a home where parish councils have previously chosen not to do so.

 
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