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Conveyancing in Hockley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Hockley area info

Rayleigh Mount National Trust , Rayleigh Windmill, South Woodham Ferrers Marsh Farm Country Park and Hadleigh Castle Country Park Country Park are near to Hockley.

Hockley station is almost 1 mile from Hockley and Hockley's nearest airport is London, Southend Airport. London Airport is 4 miles, Clacton Airport is 25 miles and Rochester Airport is 19 miles away.

The nearest hospital is Southend, University.


We need to find a cheap solicitor to purchase a freehold property. What do I need to check for?


Various law firms promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy buyers Any additional charges listed in the terms needs to be fair. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


Will my assigned lawyer in Hockley inform me about the amount to be paid of the council tax on a Band an apartment prior to completing on the purchase?


A property solicitor will liaise with the governing Rochford local council to ascertain the relevant council tax band and rates, which should subsequently be detailed in the title report. Up-to-date rates for residents of Hockley are set out on the Rochford local authority site. As of 31 October 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,019.00
  • Band B - £1,189.00
  • Band C - £1,358.00
  • Band D - £1,528.00
  • Band E - £1,868.00
  • Band F - £2,207.00
  • Band G - £2,547.00
  • Band H - £3,056.00


If we are intending to buy in the parish of Little Burstead, do we need a chancel search?

Your property lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered, irrespective of the parish where the home being bought is located. In older areas of Hockley, chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a home where parish councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.


Is homewardlegal.co.uk set up to act quickly on property auction conveyancing in Hockley?


In fact we are familiar with local and national auctions and often act for buyers at auction. It is prudent for bidders to choose a SRA regulated lawyer as fast as possible to allow enough time for a title report of the legal pack well before the day of the auction. Following the property auction date your instructed property lawyer is fully focused on finishing the legal work inside a month as typically required .


Could our legal fees introduce any supplementary hidden fees?


Our solicitors never hide any additional fees to transfer a property. Under the circumstances, it may be that a separate matter is also required, purchase of the freehold, for example, but you will be made aware of any fees relating to this.


In a few weeks I am shortly going to move out of our period building in Hockley into a new home in Harold Wood , what is the best point to appoint a home removal company?


Most solicitors tend to recommend that home buyers and sellers put off organising removals until formal exchange of contracts because typically the firm moving date will not have been set. For a local Essex company A Man With A Van, Northcroft/New Park Rd, Hockley, SS5 5JX Tel: 01702 205320.


What can I do to avoid paying out for stamp duty to HM Revenue?


Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable on property purchases priced at over £125,000. We strongly advise against any stamp duty scheme. These schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.


Will I need a building survey?


It is suggested that purchasers book a house surveyor to perform a survey. It is a fact that there are a range of concerns that can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, for example cracks around door frames and wet rot.