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Conveyancing in Houghton Le Spring Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Commuting to the Houghton Le Spring area? ;

The closest station to Houghton Le Spring is Chester-Le-Street, around 4 miles away. Houghton Le Spring's nearest airport is Newcastle Airport. Darlington Airport is 23 miles away.

The nearest hospital is Cherry Knowle Sunderland.


How do I find a cheap solicitor for purchasing a leasehold house?


Several firms promote supposedly cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately extra costs may inflate the solicitor's invoice.


What is the council tax on a Sixties end of terrace house in Houghton Le Spring?


Frequently the conveyancing report on title will give information the relevant Sunderland council tax band. Correct charges for properties in Houghton Le Spring are set out in detail on the Sunderland council site. Currently on 07 February 2013 band rates are:

  • Band A - £896.00
  • Band B - £1,045.00
  • Band C - £1,194.00
  • Band D - £1,343.00
  • Band E - £1,642.00
  • Band F - £1,941.00
  • Band G - £2,239.00
  • Band H - £2,687.00


Should we be concerned about fixtures and fittings?


Buyers are often frustrated by confusion regarding which fixtures and fittings ought to be included. In order to avoid later issues, a fixtures and fittings form should be completed and will confirm what will be sold with the property.


The property seller has unfortunately added unsuitable dormer windows in Houghton Le Spring which I think might possibly break conservation area guidelines

Your instructed conveyancing solicitor to establish whether the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have appropriate consents.


The residence in Houghton Le Spring being purchased is on a brownfield site. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste?


Even where some contamination has occurred in Houghton Le Spring, risk levels are usually low. The local authority for Houghton Le Spring will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.


Which local authority is responsible for Houghton Le Spring?


Houghton Le Spring is located in Sunderland City Council, Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN, contact: 01915 205 555


My partner and I are buying in Houghton Le Spring. Can we check if the property is in a conservation area?


Parts of Houghton Le Spring considered be of architectural merit, like 18th century suburbs, may be designated as conservation areas. A property solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and advise further for conservation areas in Houghton Le Spring.


We are bidding at a property auction and would like ensure fast conveyancing, how could we accelerate the conveyancing process?


It is a truism that fast Houghton Le Spring conveyancing is key is to use a proactive, diligent lawyer. Additionally, there are a number of tasks you can do. These include:

  • requesting status updates from the lawyer regularly
  • answering any queries raised by the lawyer as soon as possible
  • if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can