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Conveyancing in Hartlepool Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/10/17

Commuting from the area? ;

The nearest airport to Hartlepool is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport (13 miles). and the nearest station to Hartlepool is Hartlepool.

University of North Tees & Hartlepool is the neighbouring hospital.

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How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Additional fees should be reasonable and clear and be applicable solely where your solicitor must perform additional tasks for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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Which of the mortgage lender panels in Hartlepool are your solicitors on?

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We have solicitors with experience working alongside most lenders approved by the CML. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Hartlepool, including Darlington Building Society, Unit 4 Jubilee House/York Rd, Hartlepool, TS26 9EN, North East Home Loans Ltd, 23 Park Rd, Hartlepool, TS24 7PW, and Original Mortgage Co Ltd, Po Box 340, Hartlepool, TS24 4DU.

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Which local authority is responsible for Hartlepool?

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Hartlepool is located in Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY phone: 01429 266 522

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Is there something I can do to avoid paying for stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty scheme should be treated with extreme caution in Hartlepool. These schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.

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I am buying a 1950s building in a designated conservation area in Hartlepool, how does one find information on the state of upkeep?

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Local Hartlepool conservation areas are nominated by the local Hartlepool planning authority, who administer things like what can be developed to the hindrance of street posts. Following a campaign, English Heritage have produced a detailed list on the state of conservation areas in addition to the trend.

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Which elements assist with ensuring a fast conveyancing transaction?

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Many buyers will, correctly, argue that contacting a communicative property lawyer is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Will they order searches immediately?

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Will a title report prepared by the lawyer in Hartlepool report on the rates of the council tax on a flat before exchange of contracts?

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The property solicitor will contact the Hartlepool local council to ascertain the relevant council tax rates, which will then be added to the title report. Correct charges for homes in Hartlepool are detailed online at the Hartlepool council website. As at, 18 February 2013, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,120.00
  • Band B - £1,307.00
  • Band C - £1,494.00
  • Band D - £1,681.00
  • Band E - £2,054.00
  • Band F - £2,427.00
  • Band G - £2,801.00
  • Band H - £3,361.00

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I am buying a residential property in Fens. Does the home receive stamp duty relief?

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Hartlepool disadvantaged areas are identified by local government ward. Areas in Hartlepool include Park, Brinkburn, Brus, Dyke House, Fens, Jackson, Owton, Rossmere, St. Hilda and Stranton. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.