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Conveyancing in Highnam Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/18

Highnam area information

Lassington St Oswald Tower Churches Conservation Trust and Gloucester St Nicholas Churches Conservation Trust are close at hand to Highnam.

The nearest airport to Highnam is Gloucester Airport. Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 17 miles away and the nearest station to Highnam is Gloucester.

The nearest hospital is Winfield Longford.

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How do I get low cost conveyancing in Highnam?

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Numerous firms promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be defined on the quote Any additional fees should be reasonable. They only apply in cases where your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Flood risk searches are conveyancing protocol but in light of recent climactic events for instance the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England are they still appropriate to ascertain enough about the risk of flooding in Highnam?

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A Highnam solicitor will include property conveyancing searches (Landmark search) if the environmental searches spots a significant risk Highnam area flood risk

Property purchasers sometimes contact a local resident to gain more peace of mind.

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What are property searches?

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Conveyancing searches are a standard pack of questions requested by your conveyancing lawyer, for example a chancel search. Searches are not carried out by a property surveyor and will not give information on the physical condition of the property.

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My husband and I are buying in Highnam, and would like to check that there are any areas of conservation.

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These areas classify areas defined as being of historical or architectural value. The local council will be able to advise further about local areas of conservation, and the solicitor handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

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What is the council tax on a detached Band H home in Highnam?

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Your respective council tax band will commonly be given in the report on title along with the governing local authority. The latest council tax charges for Highnam are detailed at the Gloucester council site. Currently, 09 July 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £984.00
  • Band B - £1,148.00
  • Band C - £1,312.00
  • Band D - £1,476.00
  • Band E - £1,804.00
  • Band F - £2,132.00
  • Band G - £2,460.00
  • Band H - £2,952.00

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Which local authority is responsible for Highnam?

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Highnam is located in South Gloucestershire Council, The Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 1HF, Tel: 01454 868 009

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What type of searches regarding the potential risk of local flooding in the Gloucestershire region will my property solicitor in Highnam actually carry out?

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An important component in the legal due diligence process involves the lawyer carrying out property environmental searches that set out some details about the potential Highnam flooding. A significantly more detailed conveyancing search, such as the Homecheck search, may be advised by a qualified Highnam conveyancing solicitor if in the event that the enviro. search show that there is a flood risk.

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Do it yourself conveyancing without the help of a Highnam property lawyer is becoming possible when selling a house , but would it be wise ?

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Should you desire t do so, you can conceivably conduct the legal work without the help of a proficient Highnam property lawyer .

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Of course solicitors would suggest that this is a risky idea as have a go conveyancers will not have suitable professional indemnity insurance which lawyers are required by the Law Society to have.