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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: 23/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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

Q.

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

A.

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

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Would you state looking into how to defer paying out for stamp duty to HM Revenue?

A.

We firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation, as such schemes are expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later. There have been a range of legal initiatives, such as disadvantaged area relief.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Houghton Le Spring?

A.

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

Q.

Doing your own conveyancing without the assistance of a Houghton Le Spring conveyancer is becoming possible when selling a home. Would it actually be sensible ?

A.

There is no argument why a home buyer should not reasonably take care of the conveyancing without the help of a skilled Houghton Le Spring solicitor.

That said, a property lawyer in Houghton Le Spring handles a long list of roles from e.g. chasing replies to requisitions and assembling correct warranties many of which need adequate training. Above all do it yourself conveyancers do not have sufficient insurance which qualified firms and their solicitors are required by the SRA to carry.

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What local factors can impact land in Houghton Le Spring, and should they be an issue?

A.

A wide range of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues could lessen the value of property, such as existing and proposed overhead electricity cables or waste disposal sites. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail. Blue House Farm, Marks Lane, Tyne & Wear, DH4 6QF is one such potential source of local contamination.

Q.

Do we need a chancel search if we plan to purchase in the parish of Houghton le Spring?

A.

Your conveyancer could advise a chancel search. In older areas of Houghton Le Spring, chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. For property in the parish of Houghton le Spring, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

 
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