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Conveyancing in Hanham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/01/18

Commuting from the area? ;

Hanham's closest train station is Lawrence Hill at 2 miles and the nearest airport to Hanham is Bristol Airport (9 miles).

Hanham is approximately 3m of the M32 junction entry 2 Southbound.

Cossham Bristol is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

We are trying to find a discount conveyancing quote in Hanham. What do we need to consider?

A.

This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors purport to offer cheap conveyancing. However extra fees are often hiding in the small print. Excited buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any fees included in the terms should be reasonable.

Q.

Does the Hanham conveyancer report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band B property prior to exchange of contracts?

A.

The conveyancer will consult with the relevant Bristol local authority to discover the currently applicable council tax band and rates, which will be detailed in the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax rates for Hanham are tabled at the Bristol local authority website. At the time of writing, 30 July 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,221.00
  • Band C - £1,395.00
  • Band D - £1,570.00
  • Band E - £1,919.00
  • Band F - £2,267.00
  • Band G - £2,616.00
  • Band H - £3,140.00

Q.

Can you confirm how to avoid paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

A.

We strongly advise against any stamp duty mitigation scheme. These schemes are costly and HMRC may

challenge a scheme up to six years later. There have been certain official schemes, such as for first-time buyers, and your solicitor will advise if these may apply.

Q.

Should I get a survey?

A.

Homeward Legal firmly recommend that most purchasers book a survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many issues that will impact a property, including poor ventilation or rotten roof timbers, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

What causes conveyancing for a Hanham property purchase appear to be so drawn out? Isn't it just filling out forms?

A.

The legal work required to buy or sell a property can take more time. Homeward Legal appreciate how difficult it can be to face these and strive to curtail their burden where feasible. Reasons for delay include waiting for responses from third parties.

Q.

What do fixtures and fittings include?

A.

There is no clear definition of fixtures and fittings, resulting in considerable confusion once the buyer moves in and the previous owner has taken certain items or fixtures with them. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This makes a fixtures and fittings form so necessary.

Q.

Having heard about the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England I am questioning if flood searches might not be sufficient?

A.

A good property lawyer in Hanham will consider get additional flood searches if the first searches establishes a Hanham flood risk area

Sometimes home buyers to also get in touch with a local resident for some further local history.

Q.

In what ways can my Hanham property lawyer advise on the risk of possible flooding in the Hanham region?

A.

An integral step in the legal process of buying a property involves your lawyer making an application for environmental searches that offer information on the Hanham flood risk area.