What does the Keelby property lawyer advise if the property is located in a conservation are in West Lindsey council and turns out to have inappropriate roof antenna fitted to it?
West Lindsey local authority enquiries carried out by a solicitor during the legal process will determine if the property is inside a conservation area proof of authorisation for additions to the property will be supplied.
Should no authority consents be available, your solicitor will inform you of the alternatives which may include getting an indemnity policy or requesting retrospective permission from West Lindsey planning authority.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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Where can I see whether the Keelby conservation area we are buying in is not being properly maintained?
English Heritage, a government body, have assembled records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Keelby and across England in addition to the trend. Conservation areas in Keelby are designated by West Lindsey who govern everything from including things like ugly highway signs, rear extensions and the historic layout of roads.
Are there many areas of conservation in Keelby?
Areas considered to be of architectural merit, like 19th century suburbs, may be recorded as conservation areas. Living in a conservation area can mean better maintained homes and gardens, but the restrictions create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities. A solicitor will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
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We are buying on a recently-developed ex-industrial site. Is the soil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like barium?
Policies and legislation are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contamination.
What is stamp duty and land transaction tax?
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a proportion of the final sale price of a property payable to HMRC by the buyer. The current trigger threshold is for any property priced at £125,000 or over (unless you’re a first-time buyer, in which case you pay less or no tax for properties priced at less than £500,000). Your solicitor will handle the transfer of the tax as part of the final tasks on your conveyancing.
In Scotland, buyers have to pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and, in Wales, the Land Transaction Tax is triggered at properties priced over £180,000.
In all cases, the amount payable is based on a sliding scale as the price goes up as a proportion of that range added together than an overall flat tax amount or percentage. So, the higher the price goes up, the greater the amount of tax you have to pay.