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Conveyancing in Hastings Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Commuting from the area? ;

Hastings's closest train station is Hastings. The closest airport to Hastings is Lydd Airport (17 miles).

Conquest, St Leonards is a nearby hospital for Hastings.

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I am looking for a firm that offers cheap conveyancing in Hastings. and what is included?

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many buyers paying out more than they anticipated in the end. Many conveyancers purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra costs can increase your final bill. Any additional costs listed in the terms should be fair and clearly defined and only come into force where the solicitor is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Your conveyancing quote should also state applicable disbursements.Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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We are considering purchasing a residential property in Ore. Does the property receive stamp duty relief?

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Disadvantaged areas in Hastings are identified by local government ward. Disadvantaged areas in the local area Hastings include Ore, Hollington, Central St. Leonards, Wishing Tree, Castle, Braybrooke, Broomgrove, Gensing, Maze Hill and Mount Pleasant. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

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Which local authority looks after Hastings?

Hastings is located in Hastings Borough Council, Town Hall, Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1QR, Call: 0845 274 1066

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What can I do to bypass paying stamp duty?

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Stamp duty is usually payable for purchases sold for more than £125,000. Stamp duty scheme must be treated with caution. These schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.

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What particular property searches conveyancing searches should my Hastings lawyer order for a Hastings building?

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The standard procedure will be to obtain Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environmental and Gypsum, and possibly particular searches, like Planning and local information.

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Our agent has named a solicitors firm. Will it be more cost-effective to instruct this solicitor?

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If you instruct a firm referred this way, you may have the advantage of the agent being able to move the conveyancing process along. These referrals must be carefully considered, as the agent may recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.

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My husband and I are interested in purchasing a property in Hastings, and need to know if there are many conservation areas.

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These areas specify streets and neighbourhoods defined as being of architectural or historic interest. Your conveyancing lawyer will provide more details.

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Could our legal charges incorporate any hidden costs?

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It is unfortunate that sellers need to be watchful for extra costs hidden in a quote's terms and conditions. Our solicitors do not charge any additional charges. Be aware that some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete.

 
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