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Conveyancing in Isle of Sheppey Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Living in the area? ;

The nearest airport to Isle of Sheppey is London, Southend Airport (13 miles). London Airport is 14 miles, Manston Airport is 23 miles and Rochester Airport is 15 miles away. Isle of Sheppey's closest train station is Swale at 4 miles.

Sheppey Community Sheerness is a relatively close hospital to Isle of Sheppey.

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We need to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Isle of Sheppey. What should be watch out for?

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Various conveyancers purport to offer cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional charges will be included in the terms and conditions, left unregarded by busy buyers and sellers Extra costs should be fair. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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How much will our searches be?

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The cost of searches does vary noticeably. Common searches include an environmental search and a chancel liability search.

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How do I protect against gazumping?

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Gazumping is common across England and Wales and describes when a house seller acknowledges a low offer, only to reject it, opting for a greater offer. There is almost always a chance of being gazumped. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing an efficient solicitor as early as possible.

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Should we use the law firm put forward by my local agent?

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Estate agent referrals are a commonplace route for buyers to find a solicitor, however, these referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

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Is beryllium contamination often sampled in Isle of Sheppey soil?

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Though the dangers are usually minor, contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Other sources of contaminated land include water contaminants such as phenols.

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I am completing next May. How is stamp duty rates assessed?

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The Stamp Duty Land Tax owed is calculated based on the house or flat's value. On a £238000 residential property, stamp duty will be £2380 (information correct December 2012).

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Which local authority is responsible for Isle of Sheppey?

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Isle of Sheppey is located in Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3HT, phone: 01795 417 850

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What sort of local searches in respect to the uncertain risk of a flood to properties in Kent will the Isle of Sheppey property lawyer be able to conduct?

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A critical component in the legal due diligence procedure involves the conveyancing lawyer making an application for environmental searches that give specific information about the potential Isle of Sheppey flood risk area.

 
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