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Conveyancing in Halstead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/01/18

Halstead area information

Bocking Essex Windmill and Halstead Holy Trinity Churches Conservation Trust are in Halstead.

Chappel and Wakes Colne station is about 5 miles from Halstead. Halstead's nearest airport is Stansted Airport (17 miles). Clacton Airport is 24 miles, Elmsett Airport is 18 miles and away.

The nearest hospital is Halstead.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? We are trying to find low cost conveyancing.

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Many property lawyers offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. Often additional costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. Excited buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.

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When is it appropriate to find a conveyancing solicitor?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Halstead, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better, as there are a number of tasks which may begin immediately. Early instruction of a firm for a sale means that prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Halstead solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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If I am intending to buy near Halstead, in the parish of Cransford, do we need a chancel search?

A solicitor responsible for your move is likely to recommend a chancel search. In Halstead's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on new owners of a property where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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My partner and I are purchasing a house in Halstead, and need to know if there are any areas of conservation.

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There are several conservation areas near or within Halstead. A lawyer will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area for affected areas in Halstead.

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Are pre-completion searches disbursements or fees?

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A quote will itemise fees and disbursements, clearly stating which is which. These costs are disbursements not fees, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.

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Can you recommend how to circumvent paying HMRC stamp duty?

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We do not recommend any form of stamp duty reduction, because these schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed and the total stamp duty tax may be payable.

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Is contaminated land a problem in Halstead?

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A broad range of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues can damage property. Contaminants like nearby waste management facilities and other land contamination will be detailed in an appropriate search.

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Is uranium contamination found in Halstead top-soil?

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Though the dangers are usually minor, an area will only be identified as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life or the environment is deemed unacceptable. The local authority for Halstead will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.