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Conveyancing in Hassocks Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

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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Our estate agent in Heath Hayes has put forward a conveyancing solicitor who they generally use. Should I instruct this firm?

A.

Many estate agents have referral deals with solicitors where they refer clients to them. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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I am buying in Hassocks with First Active - what do I need to be aware of?

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Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', resulting in increased legal costs for purchasers if a second conveyancer is required by their lender. We, however, will act for all major mortgage lenders.

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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.

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How can I determine more data on the upkeep of conservation areas in Hassocks?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together details of the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the trend. Conservation are issues, for instance area development, coloured road surfaces or rundown streets are handled by the local Mid Sussex planning authority.

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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 ?

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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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What type of fact finding in relation to the risk of flooding in the West Sussex region will the Hassocks lawyer advise us on?

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An important part of the legal due diligence procedure of purchasing a property involves your lawyer applying for environmental searches that offer you information with respect to Hassocks historical flood risk. The most recent (03/02/13) indications at the Environment Agency don’t reveal any active flood warnings in the Hassocks area.

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Can you explain why conveyancing for a Hassocks property purchase requires weeks?

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The legal work required to buy or sell a house or flat could be lengthy. We see how frustrating such delays may be and aim to lessen the impact of these delays by pushing all parties involved.

 
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