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Conveyancing in Hilsea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Local points of interest in Hilsea

Portchester Castle English Heritage and Fort Brockhurst English Heritage are around Hilsea.

Hilsea is close at within 1m of the M27 junction entry 12 Eastbound.

Hilsea train station is around 1 mile from Hilsea and Bembridge IoW, Sandown Rd Airport is 10 miles from Hilsea. Southampton Airport is 16 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 11 miles and Sandown IoW Airport is 14 miles away.

The nearest hospital is St Marys Portsmouth.

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How do we find affordable conveyancing?

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The confusion over this point catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing, however additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Excited buyers and sellers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. A quote should also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Any costs which are listed in the solicitor's terms should be clearly defined. They be applicable solely where the conveyancer must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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What exploration about the risk and history of flooding to properties in Portsmouth will a conveyancing solicitor in Hilsea look over?

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A qualified solicitor will conduct standard environmental searches, which include Hilsea flood risk information.

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Do you suggest taking precautions to avoid paying for HMRC stamp duty?

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We do not recommend clients expose their finances to any stamp duty reduction. Such schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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We are buying a restored chapel in the parish of Owslebury. Are we advised to get a chancel search?

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Whichever Hilsea parish you are purchasing in, a lawyer is likely to recommend a chancel search. In Hilsea's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a house where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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Will I need to get a chancel liability search? I am buying a maisonette close by a 1500s vicarage in Hilsea.

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Where land in Hilsea was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise upkeep of a local church. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Ecclesiastical properties in Hilsea where a chancel search may be necessary include St Francis, North End Team Ministry.

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Which local authority is responsible for Hilsea?

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Hilsea is located in Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2BG, phone: 023 9282 2251

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In the next month we are preparing to be finally moving out of our period house near Hilsea to a new flat in North End . What is the best point to choose a home removal company?

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Best advice is to put off arranging the removals company until after all parties have set the final home moving date which takes place once final contracts are signed.

For a local company Portsmouth Man & Van, 192 Havant Rd, Drayton, Portsmouth, PO6 2EH Call: 07760 207370 or 1st Class Removals, Aultbea/Pangbourne Av, Portsmouth, PO6 2NT Telephone: 023 9242 6511.

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In relation to the Met Office warn of more intense rain - 15-30% (according to climate change risk in 2012), we are thinking that environmental searches may not be sufficient?

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A thorough lawyer in Hilsea should always apply for property environmental searches if the initial search spots a significant risk.

For extra assurance you can get in touch with a next door neighbour.