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Conveyancing in Hawkhurst Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/01/18

Living in the Hawkhurst area? ;

The nearest airport to Hawkhurst is Lydd Airport. Rochester Airport is 21 mile away and the closest station to Hawkhurst is Etchingham.

Hawkhurst Cranbrook is the neighbouring hospital.

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How do I find a cheap solicitor quote to buy leasehold property?

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Many solicitors claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing, but additional fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any costs which are listed in your solicitor's terms should be fair and reasonable. The disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on a conveyancing quote

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Which local authority is responsible for Hawkhurst?

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Hawkhurst is located in Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Town Hall, Civic Way, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS, phone: 01892 526 121

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What will a Hawkhurst property solicitor advise if the flat we hope to invest in is situated in a Tunbridge Wells local authority conservation area which seems to have unlawful stone cladding added?

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Tunbridge Wells planning authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search carried out by your Hawkhurst property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing should ascertain whether the property is within a conservation area and evidence of the appropriate permissions for alterations will be required. In the event that no appropriate permissions be available your Hawkhurst conveyancer will advise you of the alternatives e.g. getting covered by an indemnity insurance policy or requesting retrospective approval from the appropriate local authority.

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Which individual search enquiries does a Hawkhurst conveyancing solicitor conduct when carrying out the conveyancing for a Hawkhurst house?

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The normal legal protocol is to obtain Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environment Search and Coal Mining (Con29M), and possibly specific searches e.g. a SIM Search.

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Do you recommend taking steps to avoid paying stamp duty?

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Stamp duty avoidance is not recommended, as such schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed meaning that the full stamp duty amount, interest and additional fines will be imposed.

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We are planning to buy a house. Is it that important that searches are performed?

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These searches are an accepted set of questions ordered by the purchaser's property solicitor. These searches do give much needed information and context, but only deal with legal facets of the purchase.

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We are buying on a new-build brownfield land. Can the top-soil still be contaminated?

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With this region's industrial history in parts of Hawkhurst, top-soil contamination is inescapable. Also considering issues such as asbestos, contaminants affecting Hawkhurst property will be factored into an environmental search.

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Do you need searches for chancel liability? I am buying a property next to a priory in Hawkhurst.

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There are over 15,000 ecclesiastical parishes across England and Wales. Property owners within some of these may be required to subsidise the repair of a local church. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a property, but insurance is available should an obligation to fund repairs be enforced. Hawkhurst churches where chancel liability may apply include St Laurence.