Conveyancing In Headley Q & A's
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.
Will we need searches for chancel liability when my partner and I are buying close by a church furlong in Headley?
There are 15000 parishes throughout the country. Owners of property within some of these may be required to subsidise the repair of a local church. A chancel search addresses if such a liability exists. Headley churches where a chancel search may be necessary include All Saints, St Mary the Virgin and St Peter.
Do we need to make use of the conveyancing solicitor who works with by the local agent?
Both agents and mortgage brokers will suggest a law firm to handle your conveyancing, however, these referrals need to be considered carefully, as an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.
Why is it silly to buy a leasehold with less than 99 years to run?
In large part, if a leasehold drops below 90 years, it’s because mortgage companies will not be willing to lend money to purchase the leasehold. They will almost certainly have a stipulation on the length of the leasehold as part of their criteria for lending.
Most buyers are very aware of this and the trend is for an insistence of the sellers to provide an extension back up to the 99-year or 125-year thresholds before considering its purchase. Otherwise, even if you can finance it, eventually you’ll have to consider the legal cost of extending the lease yourself.
What is the council tax on a residential converted Band G house in Headley?
You will be include your new property's council tax band with the conveyancer's title report. Council tax rates for residents of Headley are tabled at the East Hampshire council site. At the time of writing on 08 November 2012 rates for all bands are:
- Band A - £960.00
- Band B - £1,120.00
- Band C - £1,279.00
- Band D - £1,439.00
- Band E - £1,759.00
- Band F - £2,079.00
- Band G - £2,399.00
- Band H - £2,879.00