Where do I uncover additional information on the conservation areas in Harwell?
Following a campaign, English Heritage have produced a list about the condition of conservation areas as well as the trend.
Conservation area concerns for instance area development, the painting of houses or modern telephone boxes are overseen by the local authority (South Oxfordshire).
What type of environmental conveyancing searches in respect to the potential risk of possible flooding to properties in Oxfordshire will the Harwell conveyancing solicitor be able to carry out?
A vital part of the legal due diligence procedure of buying a property involves your lawyer making an application for environmental searches that provide details on the Harwell area flood risk. At the time of writing (05/01/13) indications at the Environment Agency do not list any active flood warnings in Harwell.
Are Land Registry office copies fees or disbursements?
It may be unclear whether a cost is a fee or a disbursement. These costs are disbursements not fees, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.
The home I’m buying has been empty for two years; what questions should I be asking the solicitor, the estate agent, and the surveyor?
If a home has been empty for a considerable period (such as the two years mentioned here), there’s usually a reason for it. There is estimated to be around a quarter of a million properties in the country that have been empty for more than 6 months.
The primary reason is that the owner hasn’t the funds to renovate the property, or they’ve started gutting the place and run out of money to take it further, or perhaps there’s been a significant problem (e.g. fire or flood are common instances). Most likely, these properties will come up at auction.
Your estate agent will be aware of its history if the property is on their books, so you can find out a lot from them, the council will have an empty property officer, and the Land Registry will have information on the deeds. As far as the solicitor is concerned, they will establish the position on the property as part of the conveyancing, while the surveyor will have experience of checking out such properties, with the advice that you order a Building Survey (the most detailed of the options) to check out its structural integrity. Note that mortgage lenders will be more reluctant to offer a loan on such homes.
Ultimately, the ball is in your court and, if you want to pursue buying such a property, you need to be prepared to do the research, which can take up a lot of time.
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Is it hard to sell a property located in a conservation area?
A conservation area is designated and managed by the local authority to ensure the unique nature of the location is maintained by placing restrictions on changes to the buildings, street furniture and green spaces to protect the architectural or historical interest of everything within the conservation area boundary.
Because of this resistance to change, this usually means homes in conservation areas are more attractive to buyers, and, as such, there may be a premium to pay over properties outside such areas. Because of the attraction of such property, they will usually sell well and quickly. However, there will need to be greater checks by the buyer’s solicitor to verify that your property conforms to the conservation area restrictions, which may add extra time to the duration of the conveyancing.
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How do we protect ourselves from being gazumped?
Gazumping describes circumstances where an offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the home owner, selecting instead a greater offer. The risk of getting gazumped exists for almost any purchase. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor as early as possible.