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Conveyancing in Heysham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Commuting from the area? ;

Heysham's closest station is Heysham Port and Walney Aerodrome Airport is 16 miles from Heysham. Blackpool International Airport is 20 miles and away.

Morecambe, Euston Rd Day is a relatively close hospital to Heysham.

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What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £405,000 house?

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Many online and high street firms offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. However extra charges can inflate your final bill. Fees found in terms and conditions should be fair and reasonable and only come into force where your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Which local authority looks after Heysham?

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Heysham is located in Lancaster City Council, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ, Call: 01524 582 000

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How early do we need to find a conveyancing solicitor?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the faster you instruct the better, as conveyancing involves various tasks that can begin very early in the process. Instructing your solicitor earlier for a sale may mean that paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found, whereas if you are buying you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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Should I choose a property lawyer that works with by our local agent?

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Your agent will push a conveyancing solicitor, however, such referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as some agents choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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How is Heysham contaminated land investigated?

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A broad range of contaminants caused by human activities can affect land, and an environmental search will confirm if a specific property is impacted by contaminants in Heysham like nearby waste management facilities or environmental radon sources.

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We plan to buy a house in Billinge. Is a chancel search appropriate?

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A lawyer is likely to recommend that a chancel search be ordered. In older areas of Heysham, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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How is Stamp Duty Land Tax rates determined?

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SDLT in Heysham is based on the value of the house or flat. Stamp duty will be £10470 on a £349000 residential property.*

*Accurate as of May 2012

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Godiva Mortgages will be our mortgage lender - is there anything I need to check?

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Recently, a number of lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating greater legal costs for house purchasers. Homeward Legal are able to act for the vast majority of lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

 
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