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Conveyancing in Hockley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

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.

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

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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.

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At what point should I instruct a conveyancer?

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If you choose a firm with 'no move, no fee' protection, earlier is preferable, as the legal work can begin very early in the process. A number of sources recommend postponing instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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Should the fixtures and fittings list chairs?

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Mainly, fixtures are fixed to the property and fixtures can be more easily removed. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction, and which makes the completion of a fixtures and fittings form essential.

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What does the Hockley property solicitor do if the home I am planning to buy is inside the boundary of a conservation area and has ugly windows installed?

Rochford council enquiries carried out by your Hockley conveyancing solicitor during the conveyancing process will ascertain if the property is inside a designated conservation area and any evidence of consent for changes to the property will be required. In the absence of any appropriate consents, your Hockley conveyancing solicitor will advise you of the alternatives which include getting retrospective permission from the planning authority or seeking cover from an indemnity policy.

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What is the explanation why the sale conveyancing process requires weeks?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property will sometimes suffer setbacks for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, these reasons are unfortunately beyond the conveyancing solicitor's influence. We endeavour to reduce the consequences of these delays by pushing all parties involved. Delays may include the time taken to return management information.

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Which factors will contaminate land in Hockley, and are they checked for thoroughly?

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Property could be contaminated by numerous natural and human-influenced issues. Contaminants including air pollution or proximity to waste sites should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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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?

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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

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In what ways can the conveyancer in Hockley advise us on the risk and history of possible flooding to properties in Hockley?

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An important component in the legal process involves your solicitor making an application for environmental searches for information with regard to Hockley flood risk area data.