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Conveyancing in Harold Wood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/01/18

Harold Wood attractions

Upminster London Windmill, South Weald Weald Country Park Country Park and Brentwood Thorndon Country Park Country Park are situated in Harold Wood.

London City Airport is 10 miles from Harold Wood. London Heliport Airport is 20 miles, London Airport is 20 miles, Elstree Airport is 25 miles, Rochester Airport is 21 mile s, London Biggin Hill Airport is 20 miles and Stansted Airport is 21 mile away. Harold Wood's nearest train station is Harold Wood.

Harold Wood is about a mile and a half of the M25 junction entry 28 Westbound.

The most convenient hospital is Brentwood, Hartswood.

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How do I get the best rates for conveyancing in Harold Wood for a £688,000 house?

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Several property lawyers promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra charges will be included in the small print, left unread by preoccupied buyers and sellers Any additional charges which are listed in the small print should be fair.

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Do we need a chancel search if we are buying a Harold Wood flat conversion near a priory built in the 1700s?

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The outcome of Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must subsidise church repairs. Some names or words such as 'vicarage' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply.

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In respect to the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are thinking that flood risk searches may not be sufficient?

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A conveyancer in Harold Wood should always carry out detailed environmental searches if the standard search spots a Harold Wood flood risk area data

You might be able to get in touch with a neighbour to gain additional comfort.

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Where do I go about ascertain if the conservation area is not being properly maintained?

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Conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Havering) who govern conservation area concerns from including things like ugly shop fronts, addition of hard standings to front and paths and footpaths. Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together a list on the state of conservation areas in addition to the trend of the area.

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We are interested in purchasing a building in Harold Wood, and would like to confirm that there are many areas of conservation.

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There are several conservation areas around Harold Wood. A conveyancing solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works and provide more details for conservation areas in Harold Wood.

Q.

The agent has referred the law firm. Must I instruct them?

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It is common for agents to endorse a law firm to handle your conveyancing. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, the agent may prefer to suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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Is there something I can do to bypass paying stamp duty on property?

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SDLT is usually due for home purchases over £125,000. We do not advise home buyers get involved with any stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty, with interest, will be due.

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Can Harold Wood brownfield site soil still be contaminated?

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Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Harold Wood, soil contamination cannot be totally avoided. Metal contamination of soil in Harold Wood is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like asbestos and groundwater contamination, will also be included in an environmental search.