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Conveyancing in Hassocks Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Living in Hassocks? ;

Hassocks's nearest airport is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport (9 miles). Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 17 miles and Shoreham Airport is 9 miles away and Hassocks train station is almost 1 mile from Hassocks.

Princess Royal is the nearest hospital.

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How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a 473,000 house?

A.

Several conveyancers purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees may inflate the final invoice. The quote must also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Any additional charges should be reasonable and clear and be applied only where the solicitor must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Is a house survey sensible if we are purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age, in Hassocks?

A.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recommend that all buyers in Hassocks book a surveyor. There can be a range of issues that can affect a property, including subsidence and cracks around door frames. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

Q.

Is a chancel repair liability search a disbursement or fee?

A.

Unfortunately, some firms attempt to pass off additional costs as disbursements. It is not always clear whether a cost is a fee or disbursement, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on at cost.

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What will the council tax cost for a Sixties Band A maisonette in Hassocks?

A.

The homes council tax band will in most cases be given within the conveyancer's title report, as well as by the governing local authority Council tax rates

for residents of Hassocks are listed on the Mid Sussex local authority site. Currently (23 November 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,004.00
  • Band B - £1,172.00
  • Band C - £1,339.00
  • Band D - £1,506.00
  • Band E - £1,841.00
  • Band F - £2,176.00
  • Band G - £2,510.00
  • Band H - £3,012.00

Q.

DIY conveyancing without the assistance of a solicitor in Hassocks appears to be becoming possible as a seller of a flat. However, would it actually be prudent ?

A.

There are no arguments why you cant adopt a DIY approach and complete the conveyancing without a skilled solicitor in Hassocks. The truth is however that a property solicitor is familiar with a huge array of tasks such as chasing deeds and ensuring listed building alterations are compliant most of which need a qualified solicitor.

Even more importantly amateur lawyers will not be covered by sufficient insurance cover that all firms and their solicitors are made responsible to be covered by.

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If we are buying on the same road as a 1700s vicarage in Hassocks, is it recommended that I get a chancel search?

A.

Some owners in Hassocks can be required to pay for upkeep of specific local church buildings. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Hassocks Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church lands in Hassocks where a chancel search may be necessary include St Francis of Assisi.

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Do we need to be aware of 'fixtures and fittings'?

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In general, there is no strict definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. The fixtures and fittings form is intended to avoid confusion, clarifying to both parties what items will stay, and which will be removed.

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How soon should you instruct a solicitor to act for us?

A.

If you use a conveyancing firm offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, earlier is preferable, as conveyancing involves a number of tasks that can be performed straight away. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor to handle your Hassocks conveyancing early can reduce the likelihood of the transaction falling through.