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Conveyancing in Hockley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/04/18

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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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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Regarding the serious flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are wondering if property conveyancing searches aren't sufficient?

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A thorough property lawyer in Hockley should include informative environmental searches if the initial searches spots a significant risk Hockley flood risk.

It is not uncommon for buyers to converse with a local resident to get added information.

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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?

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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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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.

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Is it important that we get a chancel search? I am buying a residence in Hockley.

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In Hockley, some owners can be required to fund maintenance of nearby church property. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Hockley must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Church properties in the area include St Peter & St Paul's Church and Wilnecote S.Matthew.

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

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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.