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Conveyancing in Hinckley Q & A's

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Updated: 20/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Hinckley -

By road: Hinckley is served by the M69, A5, and A47. By rail: The nearest train station is Hinckley. By air: Hinckley is closest to Coventry Airport (15 miles), and Birmingham and East Midlands Airports (both 23 miles).

Hospital: Hinckley and District, Mount Road, Hinckley, LE10 1AG. Council: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough (www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk).

Attractions: Burbage Common and Woods, Grange Farm, St. Mary’s Church, and Hinckley and District Museum.

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Is Homeward Legal able to move quickly on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Hinckley?

The legal team works with auctioneers throughout Leicestershire and frequently do the legal work for buyers at auction. Lawyers usually encourage bidders to formally appoint a solicitor (regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) well in advance of the property auction to allow time for a title report of the auction pack to be prepared. Following the auction, your dedicated conveyancing lawyer is then able to concentrate on completing the legal side of things in the four weeks that is conventionally required. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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My wife and I are intending to buy in Hinckley, but is there anything we need to know regarding local conservation areas?

There are several locations in or near Hinckley that include areas of architectural merit or historical interest, and which are therefore designated as conservation areas. There will be restrictions that may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners, but the benefits include preservation of an area's historic charm. Your solicitor will provide more details.

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Will the lawyer’s report on the property's title give details on the cost of the council tax for a Band H flat in Hinckley before exchanging contracts?

The property solicitor will approach the governing local authority to identify the latest council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be detailed in the report on title. The latest tax charges for properties in Hinckley are published online at the local authority website. For the 2017/2018 tax year, the rates for Hinckley were:

  • Band A - £1,059.33
  • Band B - £1,235.89
  • Band C - £1,412.45
  • Band D - £1,589.00
  • Band E - £1,942.10
  • Band F - £2,295.21
  • Band G - £2,648.32
  • Band H - £3,177.99

Retrieved on 7 April 2017

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An unexpected set of circumstances dictates a speedier completion on the sale of our home in Hinckley, so do you have any fast-working conveyancing solicitors?

Our company takes a very proactive approach when concluding all the conveyancing tasks. Homeward Legal always introduce you to an expert panel of solicitors, who are highly proactive and attempt to communicate to the whole chain, to remove any obstacles to early completion and to mitigate the effects of issues as they arise. Furthermore, our conveyancing lawyers are picked because they use professional case and workflow systems leading to a swift completion on the property sale. Try our online quote calculator. Or call our experts con 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote protected by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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I am going to buy my terraced house in Hinckley with help from Oakwood Homeloans, so what will I need to know?

When purchasing with a mortgage, legal work must be undertaken in relation to the terms of the mortgage. In some cases, though, lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, which may result in greater legal costs for purchasers. We at Homeward Legal will act for most mortgage lenders so that you will not be required to pay the lender's legal fees.

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In about 6 weeks, we are planning to move out of our detached home in Hinckley to a property in Hathern. What is the best point to choose a removals firm?

Most conveyancers tend to advise waiting until such time as the exchange of contracts has concluded, because it is likely that a firm agreed date won’t have been scheduled until then. Many removals firms also might levy a rearrangement fee and there is a risk that they might be free on the new day. Local removals firms include:

  • Henry & Son Ltd, Unit 3, Knights Court, Brindley Road, Hinckley, LE10 3BY (Tel: 01455 618668)
  • Newtons Removals, 33 Bradgate Road, Hinckley, LE10 1LA (Tel: 01455 447086)
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Is gazumping common practice in Hinckley?

Gazumping takes place when a seller accepts an offer, only to later reject it in favour of a higher one. Gazumping may happen even months into a transaction and any time up until the exchange of contracts when the purchase price becomes legally binding. The risk of gazumping is present in any transaction. You should instruct your conveyancing solicitor as early as possible to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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Why is the conveyancing process so often delayed in Hinckley?

Conveyancing could suffer any number of setbacks because of the complexities of the process, which exponentially increase the more links there are in the property chain. We completely understand how frustrating such delays can be, and Homeward Legal’s solicitors work hard to minimise the burden of these delays by using fast search-providers. Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote and to talk through your expectations?

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There are a multitude of very helpful resources all about do it yourself conveyancing. Do I want to use a property solicitor in Hinckley ?

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If you are so inclined attempt to do this you can definitely take care of the bulk of the legal and technical work without formally instructing a proficient Hinckley conveyancer. Naturally lawyers would suggest that this choice is a very risky route t take as do it yourself conveyancers will be working without appropriate cover which practicing solicitors firms are compelled to get.

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Is Homeward Legal able to move quickly on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Hinckley?

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The legal team work with auctioneers throughout Leicestershire and often do the legal work for buyers at auction. Lawyers usually encourage bidders to formally appoint a SRA regulated solicitor in advance of the property auction to allow time for a title report of the auction pack.

Following the actual auction your dedicated conveyancing lawyer is totally able to concentrate on completing the legal side of things in 4 weeks as conventionally required .

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Do we need a chancel search if I am purchasing in the parish of Walton le Wolds, near Hinckley?

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Regardless of the Hinckley parish in which you are buying, the conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search is taken out. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on the current owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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What search enquiries should my Hinckley conveyancing solicitor get on a Hinckley house?

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Standard procedure will be to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW), Environmental and Gypsum Mining Search and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches, which might include HS2 report.

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Are there any mortgage lenders with Hinckley branches?

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Homeward Legal work alongside most lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Hinckley, including Coventry Building Society, 9 Regent St, Hinckley, LE10 0AZ, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, 81 Upper Bond St, Hinckley, LE10 1DG, and Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, 37 Castle St, Hinckley, LE10 1DA. Your conveyancing solicitors should be able to state specific lenders' requirements.

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Which local authority looks after Hinckley?

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Hinckley is located in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Council Offices, Argents Mead, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1BZ, Call: 01455 238 141

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What would my searches cost?

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The cost of conveyancing searches on a house in Hinckley does vary, depending on the specific searches which have been ordered. Searches are charged at cost.