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Conveyancing in Haywards Heath Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Haywards Heath -

By road: Haywards Heath is served by the A272 and A273. By rail: The nearest train station is Haywards Heath. By air: Haywards Heath is closest to these five airports: London Gatwick Airport (17 miles), Brighton City Airport (21), Redhill Aerodrome (23), London Biggin Hill Airport (37), and Chichester/Goodwood Airport (44).

Hospital: Princess Royal, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4EX. Council: Mid-Sussex District (www.midsussex.gov.uk).

Attractions: Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway, Great Spreading Oak, Ouse Valley Viaduct, Scrase Valley Nature Reserve, Sheffield Park Gardens, and Nymans Gardens and House.

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Will the costs for the conveyancing on my Haywards Heath move reveal any additional fees later on?

No. Our solicitors do not charge any additional fees to buy or sell a property. Homeward Legal’s quotes offer fixed fees, matched with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee, so you are effectively protected from any surprise charges. Try out our quote calculator or call our friendly experts on 0800 038 6699.

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We are buying a residence in Terwick, so is a chancel search necessary?

Your solicitor is likely to recommend ordering a chancel search. Though some Parochial Church Councils have decided to demand chancel repairs on new home-owners, there is no way to be certain that a parish, where chancel repair fees have not been previously paid, will remain liability-free for new owners. Therefore, your solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend suitable indemnity insurance, which is a disbursement passed on to you at cost.

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Do you recommend your solicitors to conduct the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Haywards Heath?

Yes, we do. Our solicitors, who are part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, frequently take instructions from bidders at auction. Our niche auction team of conveyancers have previously been instructed by numerous bidders at local and national property auctions. Experienced buyers know to appoint property conveyancing lawyer as fast as possible to allow enough time for an investigation of the auction legal papers in advance of the auction day arrives. Then, immediately after the auction date, your experienced lawyer is able to concentrate on finishing the conveyancing quickly inside a tight timeframe. Give our team of auction experts a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your auction needs.

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What will the council tax cost me on a residential, Band B flat in Haywards Heath?

Your property's relevant band should be highlighted in the title report prepared by your conveyancing solicitor, along with information about the governing local authority. Up-to-date charges for homes in Haywards Heath are detailed at the Mid-Sussex District council site (see the head of these FAQs for a link to click). For the 2017/2018 tax year, the rates for Haywards Heath are:

  • Band A - £1,073.80
  • Band B - £1,252.76
  • Band C - £1,431.73
  • Band D - £1,610.69
  • Band E - £1,968.62
  • Band F - £2,326.55
  • Band G - £2,684.49
  • Band H - £3,221.38

Retrieved on 21 March 2017

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I am on a very limited budget, so will doing the conveyancing myself without a solicitor in Haywards Heath save any cash?

Technically speaking, there is absolutely no legal argument why you can’t look after the majority of the legal and technical work yourself. That said, a solicitor performs a long list of tasks (e.g. stock transfer forms and dealing with requisition on os1), which are better done by someone with training and experience. Our expert team are waiting for your call on 0800 038 6699.

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Ideally, we want to exchange contracts on the sale of our property inside a month: are you fast home-moving solicitors in Haywards Heath?

The solicitors on our panel adopt a thoroughly take-charge plan of attack when conducting the legal process for movers in order to meet the clients’ needs. Our expert solicitors’ approach to conveyancing is different from other firms, because we always use cutting-edge, fast-response information systems. Critically, we always look after you with a firm prepared to exert pressure throughout the property chain, removing hurdles and issues where practical.

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Our estate agent has suggested a property solicitor in Haywards Heath. Is it a good idea to instruct them?

Both agents and mortgage-brokers will often refer a solicitor. However, such referrals need to be weighed up against all the alternatives, including online or local firms, as it may be the case that the agent recommends the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice for your needs. Call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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I am planning to purchase a newly-constructed home, so is it usually recommended that searches are carried out?

Conveyancing searches are queries raised by your property lawyer on your behalf to satisfy the legalities regarding ownership and other points of legal interest. These searches do give much-needed information and context, but only relate to legal facets of the purchase. They will not present any data on the structural integrity of the building you are buying, for which you need a chartered surveyor.Conveyancing searches are queries raised by your property lawyer on your behalf to satisfy the legalities regarding ownership and other points of legal interest. These searches do give much-needed information and context, but only relate to legal facets of the purchase. They will not present any data on the structural integrity of the building you are buying, for which you need a chartered surveyor.

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I am aiming to purchase a newly-constructed home, is it usually recommended that searches are carried out?

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Conveyancing searches are queries raised by your property lawyer. These searches do give much needed information and context, but only relate to legal facets of the purchase.

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What type of additional enquiries concerning the risk of floods in West Sussex will the conveyancer in Haywards Heath report on?

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A crucial component in the legal due diligence process of purchasing a property involves the conveyancing lawyer conducting property conveyancing searches that set out details on the risk of flooding in Haywards Heath. A more in-depth West Sussex database search (most likely a Landmark Database search) may be advocated by your Haywards Heath conveyancing solicitor if in the event that the environmental search highlight any risk of flooding.

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What is the right point to a home mover book a removal company?

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Best advice is to wait before agreeing removals until the point where all parties have set the home moving date which commonly occurs once exchange of contracts. Local removals firms include Taskbusters, 25 Muster Green, Haywards Heath, RH16 4AL Telephone: 01444 412552.

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We are buying a 1940s house in a Haywards Heath conservation area. Where can I find more information relating to the present state of repair?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled details in relation to the condition of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability of the area. Conservation areas in Haywards Heath are nominated by the local authority (Mid Sussex) who govern conservation area concerns from paths to the hindrance of advertising hoardings.

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Environmental searches are ascertained from past data and when you factor in climate change such as the serious surface water flooding in Worthing and West Sussex, are they comfort enough to identify sufficient information about the Haywards Heath future flood risk?

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Flood risk searches carried out by the Haywards Heath conveyancing solicitor should also include a far more thorough flood search if required.

In addition, you could get in touch with a next door neighbour to get further information or nearby West Sussex flood damage business - e.g. Rainbow International, Unit 26 Hundred Acre La, Wivelsfield Green, Haywards Heath, RH17 7RU Tel: 01273 891659.

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We are purchasing a residence in Haywards Heath. How do I verify that the residence is in a designated conservation area?

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Locales deemed to be of architectural merit, such as country house estates, will be registered as conservation areas. Your property solicitor will advise further and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.

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We are buying on a brownfield site. Supposedly beryllium top-soil contamination may be an issue.

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Though the dangers are usually minor, contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Metal contamination of topsoil in Haywards Heath is more likely to occur near factories and other industrial sites. Data on other contaminants, like insecticides and water contaminants such as oil, will also be included in an environmental search.