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Conveyancing in Guildford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Living in the area? ;

In reference to the most recent (2011) national census Guildford's population is 725,368 spread over an area of 401,695 acres which equals a density of population of 1.8 people per acre.

Guildford's nearest airport is Farnborough (TAG London) Airport (10 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 17 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 24 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles and Blackbushe Airport is 14 miles away. The closest train station to Guildford is Guildford London Road.

Mount Alvernia Guildford is the nearest hospital to Guildford.

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Can you confirm your cheapest fee for a £500,000 home? We need a fixed rate conveyancing estimate in Guildford.

A.

Many solicitors purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. This small print is often not read by buyers in a hurry. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state applicable disbursements. Any additional costs included in the small print should be fair and clearly defined and only come into force where your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

Do your lawyers conduct the conveyancing for property auction properties in Guildford?

A.

Our property lawyers commonly do the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team conveyancers have previously acted for countless buyers at local auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Wise purchasers know to choose a qualified property conveyancing lawyer as soon as possible to allow enough time for a review of the auction pack well in advance of the property auction date. After the auction day itself your experienced conveyancing lawyer is fully ready for quickly finishing the legal side of things inside the limited time frame as required .

Q.

Do we need a chancel search? We are buying next to parish grounds in Guildford.

A.

Chancel liability can require owners in Guildford to pay for repairs to specific local church buildings. After the passing of an Act in 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Guildford ecclesiastical properties include Stoughton Emmanuel, St Mary, Westborough St Francis and Stoke-nextSt John the Evangelist.

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For our mortgage lender, we have chosen Holmesdale Building Society, what do I need to check?

A.

Buyers in Guildford should know that, over the last two years, some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in increased legal costs for property buyers if the lender insists upon their own preferred solicitor . We are able to act for most mortgage lenders.

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How much does our conveyancing searches usually cost?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Commonly ordered searches include an environmental search and a drainage search.

Q.

Are we advised to get a chancel search if we are intending to purchase in the parish of Mitcham, near Guildford?

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Regardless of the Guildford parish you are purchasing in, the conveyancing solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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I am purchasing a property, should we have conveyancing searches carried out?

A.

These searches are common pack of queries requested by the buyer's conveyancer. Buyers should be aware that, these searches consider legal facets of the purchase.

Q.

Does the conveyancing solicitor in Guildford tell me about the cost of the council tax on a Band A maisonette before exchanging contracts?

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Your conveyancer will contact the Guildford local council to enquire about the most up to date council tax band and rates, which will be detailed in the title report. The latest tax charges for Guildford are set out in detail at the Guildford council website. At the time of writing on 26 January 2013 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,013.00
  • Band B - £1,182.00
  • Band C - £1,351.00
  • Band D - £1,519.00
  • Band E - £1,857.00
  • Band F - £2,195.00
  • Band G - £2,532.00
  • Band H - £3,039.00

 
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