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Conveyancing in Horsham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

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

By road: Horsham is served by the A24, A264 and A281. By rail: The nearest train station is Horsham. By air: Horsham is closest to London Gatwick Airport (15 miles), Redhill Aerodrome (17), Brighton City Airport (20), Chichester Goodwood Airport (30), TAG London Farnborough Airport (35), London Biggin Hill Airport (36), London Heliport (39), and London Heathrow and Blackbushe Airports (both 39 miles).

Hospital: Horsham, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DR. Council: Horsham District (www.horsham.gov.uk).

Attractions: Horsham Museum, Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods, Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre and Gardens, Leonardslee Gardens, Sumners Ponds, and Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

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Might our conveyancing costs for a move within Horsham cover any additional fees with Homeward Legal

Unfortunately, buyers should read the terms of their conveyancing quote very carefully in order to identify any fees that might be hidden in the small print. At Homeward Legal, though, we will never charge any hidden extra fees. Our quotes are very clear so that you always know what you are paying for and how much your final legal bill will be. 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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Do I need a chancel search as I am purchasing a flat in Horsham?

Where land in Horsham was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for repairs to local churches. Owners, who have bought property prior to 2003 (when the Act came into force), may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. The solicitor acting on your behalf will confirm if a chancel search is needed, and, if so, whether an indemnity insurance policy might be appropriate. Horsham church lands where chancel liability may apply include:

  • Holy Trinity, Rushams Road, Horsham, RH12 2NX
  • St. Leonard's, Cambridge Road, Horsham, RH13 5ED
  • St. Mark's, St. Mark’s Lane, Horsham, RH12 5PU
  • St. Mary the Virgin, The Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
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The owner has unfortunately installed windows on the home which we think may breach the local conservation area rules in Horsham, so what do we need to know and do?

Your conveyancing solicitor will investigate if the property is affected by a conservation area, and, if so, whether any alterations have requisite consent. If there is no evidence of planning approval, your lawyer will be able to advise you on the various courses of action (including taking out indemnity insurance, or requesting retrospective planning).

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We have found several books about do-it-yourself conveyancing, which seems a good way of reducing costs for a purchase in Horsham. In which case, do I need a property lawyer?

It is perfectly possible for you to do the conveyancing on your own, as there is no legal requirement to employ a conveyancing solicitor. That said, a conveyancer is familiar with a long list of tasks (including drafting contracts and checking the lease), most of which require experience and training. In addition, solicitors are required to get the correct indemnity insurance to insulate you in the event of oversights, which you won’t have. Call Homeward Legal’s team of experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

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Is a Local Authority Search a fee or a disbursement?

A good quote will clearly list all fees and disbursements, and make the distinction between the two types of charges obvious, as we do at Homeward Legal. A Local Authority Search is a disbursement not a fee, meaning the conveyancer passes on the charge at cost.

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As a result of the extensive water flooding in Worthing, I am wondering if the flood-risk searches are detailed enough for a house we are buying there after our move from Horsham?

Flood-risk searches conducted by a lawyer in Horsham will include the far more rigorous and in-depth search (e.g. Landmark), if the risk is deemed significant. You might be able to contact a local resident for further information if you are still worried. Or you could talk to a West Sussex flood-repair builder, such as Regency Restoration, 31 Billingshurst Road, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, RH12 3LJ (Tel: 01403 249143).

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We are using a lender in West Sussex, and need to know which Horsham lenders your lawyers work with. Which panels are you a member of?

Most lenders in Horsham are on our panels, which means we can represent their legal requirements with respect to sorting out your mortgage application. The practical upshot of this is that they won’t pass on their legal bill to you. Horsham lenders and mortgage specialists include:

  • Barclays Bank PLC, 2 Carfax, Horsham, RH12 1DN
  • Private Wealth Mortgages Ltd., Suite 3, Hillreed House, 54 Queen Street, Horsham, RH13 5AD
  • Independent Mortgage House, 25 Freshwater Parade, Bishopric, Horsham, RH12 1QDv
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What is key to guarantee fast conveyancing for a house-purchase in Horsham?

Contacting a proactive, diligent conveyancer is essential to making the conveyancing process faster. When you are researching which legal firm to appoint, you should ask these questions:

  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can add days of waiting to a purchase
  • Do they offer a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee?
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

At Homeward Legal, we provide a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee to support our fixed-fee quote, which is immediately available. We use leading-edge information management systems, as well as giving you a trained solicitor who will proactively communicate along the entire property chain in an effort to mitigate obstacles and the effects of problems as they arise. Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your quote?

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Are some of the protected Horsham conservation areas are in a bad state?

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A recent evaluation of the condition of Horshams conservation areas is logged by English Heritage - the following information is viewable at their site- Greatham registered as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating. Tel: 01403 215528 for more information.

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What do we need to know about fixtures and fittings?

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Chiefly, fixtures are fixed elements, such as fitted gas or electric fires to walls, floors or ceilings securely and fixtures are free-standing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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Which local authority looks after Horsham?

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Horsham is located in Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL, Call: 01403 215 100

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The owner has unfortunately installed windows on the home which we think may breach the Stoke conservation area rules.

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Your conveyancing solicitor should see if the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have requisite consent.

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Do I need a chancel search? I am purchasing a flat in Horsham.

A.

Where land in Horsham was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for repairs to local churches. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. The solicitor acting on your behalf will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Horsham church lands where chancel liability may apply include Holy Trinity, St Leonard's, St Mark's and St Mary the Virgin.

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Which elements are key to guarantee fast conveyancing?

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Contacting a proactive, diligent conveyancer is essential to buying faster. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

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How much is the council tax on a period end of terrace Band G property in Horsham?

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The council tax band will, more often than not, be reported as part of the title report along with the local authority. The latest tax rates for residents of Horsham are published online at the Horsham local authority website. At the time of writing on 28 October 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £986.00
  • Band B - £1,151.00
  • Band C - £1,315.00
  • Band D - £1,480.00
  • Band E - £1,809.00
  • Band F - £2,137.00
  • Band G - £2,466.00
  • Band H - £2,959.00