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Conveyancing in Hartfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Living in Hartfield? ;

The nearest station to Hartfield is Ashurst, approximately 3 miles away and Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 12 miles from Hartfield. Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 13 miles, Rochester Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away.

Burrswood Groombridge is the neighbouring hospital to Hartfield.

Q.

I am trying to find a fixed rate conveyancing quote in Hartfield. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

A.

The confusion over this point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees will be included in small print. Excited buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. The quote must also state the disbursements to be paid. Additional costs should be fair and clearly defined.

Q.

Would acquiring a home buyers survey be advisable when purchasing any property?

A.

It is heavily suggested that property purchasers book a home buyer survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many issues that affect a property, that a lender's valuation survey, for example, will not cover. These can include dry rot or failed double glazing.

Q.

I am buying in Hartfield. Are there many designated conservation areas in the area?

A.

Parts of Hartfield considered be of special architectural or historic interest, like country house estates, may be designated as areas of conservation. The local authority will advise further about local areas of conservation, and the solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.

Q.

I am buying soon and have a quote from you. Will we be expected to pay any additional costs?

A.

No. Our solicitors do not hide any extra, hidden charges for Hartfield conveyancing. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

Q.

We are buying on a newly development brownfield land. Can the topsoil still be contaminated?

A.

Hartfield industrial or agricultural can cause topsoil contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as pesticides, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

The property seller appears to have installed unsuitable doors on the building in Hartfield which I think might violate nearby conservation area guidelines

A.

A solicitor will always check if your new home is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have required consents from the local planning authority.

Q.

Our purchase is completing in July, what will be calculated for stamp duty tax?

A.

The Stamp Duty you will owe will depend on the purchase price. On a £375000 residential property, stamp duty will be £11250.*

*This information correct as of December 2012

Q.

Will the property report prepared by the conveyancing solicitor in Hartfield advise me on the applicable rates of the council tax for a Band F cottage prior to completion?

A.

The lawyer will contact the Wealden local council to discover the latest council tax charges which will then be set out in the conveyancing report on title.

Council tax rates for homes in Hartfield are set out on the Wealden local authority site. At the time of writing (21 February 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,088.00
  • Band B - £1,270.00
  • Band C - £1,451.00
  • Band D - £1,632.00
  • Band E - £1,995.00
  • Band F - £2,358.00
  • Band G - £2,721.00
  • Band H - £3,265.00

 
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