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Conveyancing in Hungerford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Commuting from Hungerford? ;

Hungerford's nearest airport is Blackbushe Airport (30 miles). and Hungerford's nearest train station is Hungerford.

Savernake Marlborourgh is the closest hospital.

Q.

How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a 157,000 home?

A.

Various law firms advertise so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional fees can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any additional fees should be fair. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like nickel (Ni)?

A.

Hungerford's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Metal contamination of soil in Hungerford is more likely to occur near ex-industrial or waste handling sites. Data on other contaminants, like insecticides and groundwater contaminants like petrol, will also be included in an environmental search.

Q.

The current owner has installed unsuitable new windows on the maisonette which we think might possibly break the Victoria Embankment conservation area criteria.

A.

Your instructed lawyer will carry out searches confirm if the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have essential permissions from the local council. If no authority consents can be provided the solicitor will recommend the options

such as obtaining an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective approval from West Berkshire local authority.

Q.

How is SDLT assessed and how much do we need to pay on a £263000 home?

A.

Stamp Duty in Hungerford will depend on the purchase price of the property. On a £263000 home, stamp duty will be £7890 (information accurate February 2013).

Q.

What will the council tax cost for a investment Band C apartment in Hungerford?

A.

The pertinent band will almost always be detailed as part of the title report along with the local council. The latest council tax charges for homes in Hungerford are set out online at the West Berkshire local authority site. As at (18 October 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,169.00
  • Band C - £1,336.00
  • Band D - £1,503.00
  • Band E - £1,837.00
  • Band F - £2,171.00
  • Band G - £2,505.00
  • Band H - £3,006.00

Q.

How do we avoid paying for stamp duty to HM Revenue?

A.

Stamp duty scheme is not recommended for purchases in Hungerford. These schemes are highly expensive and unreliable. There have been several legal initiatives, such as for first-time buyers.

Q.

We have a freehold property to purchase. How do we get a fast exchange and completion?

A.

Instructing a proactive lawyer is key a fast transaction. There are several things you as the purchaser can also do to accelerate the legal work, including, keeping in regular contact with your lawyer, quickly completing and return any forms and getting your mortgage offer in place.

Q.

Will the charges for our conveyancing have any extra fees?

A.

We do not charge any additional costs to transact a property. Some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete.

 
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