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Conveyancing in Hereford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/17

Commuting to the Hereford area? ;

As calculated by the most recent census (2011) the population of Hereford 176,493 people spread over an area of 508,680 acres giving a density of population of 0.3 people per acre.

The nearest train station to Hereford is Hereford, around 1 mile away and the nearest airport to Hereford is Defford Airport (disused) Airport.

Hereford County is a relatively close hospital.

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How do we get affordable conveyancing?

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Many solicitors advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra fees will be included in the terms of engagement. The disbursements to be paid ought to be defined on your quote Additional charges included in the terms should be clearly defined and only apply to matters if the conveyancer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Would you advise taking action to get out of paying for stamp duty in Hereford?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is due on residential property valued at over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. We strongly advise against any stamp duty avoidance. These schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later. There have been a number of government-sponsored schemes, on the other hand, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'.

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Do you recommend your solicitors to specialise residential property auction conveyancing in Hereford?

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Our CQS solicitors do frequently take instructions from auction buyers and sellers. Our panel of conveyancers have previously worked for numerous bidders at local Hereford residential property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Clever auction buyers tend to decide on a SRA regulated lawyer as rapidly as they can to give enough time for an investigation of the lot prior to the date of the auction. Subsequently, following the property auction your selected lawyer is thoroughly focused on completing the legal side of things within 4 weeks as typically required .

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If Hereford contaminated property is found in an environmental search, can the soil be remediated?

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Remediation is often feasible, but it can be costly. For Hereford, remediation is often the responsibility of local authorities to arrange. For further information, contact Easylawn, Withington, Hereford, HR1 3QG.

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What can a Hereford property lawyer do if the building I am planning to buy is inside a conservation area and has unsuitable roof aerials installed?

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Your lawyer will carry out searches to check if the property is within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have requisite consents from the Herefordshire authority.

If no local authority consents be supplied, your solicitor will recommend all options which can include obtaining an indemnity insurance policy or getting retrospective approval from the appropriate local authority.

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If I am purchasing near a priory in Hereford, would you advise that we get a chancel search?

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Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Hereford Church council. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Hereford church properties include St Nicholas, St Peter w St Owen, All Saints and Cathedral.

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What will the council tax cost me on a Victorian Band B apartment in Hereford?

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The appropriate council tax band will, more often than not, be highlighted within the title report, as well as by the local authority. The latest tax charges for Hereford are set out at the Herefordshire council website. Currently, 02 June 2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £997.00
  • Band B - £1,163.00
  • Band C - £1,329.00
  • Band D - £1,495.00
  • Band E - £1,827.00
  • Band F - £2,159.00
  • Band G - £2,492.00
  • Band H - £2,990.00

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We are buying on a recently-developed brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Hereford, but some very localised cases of contamination in Hereford may pose unacceptably high risk. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including water contaminants such as sewage and organohalides.

 
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