If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
Will my assigned lawyer in Lakenheath report back to me about the amount to be paid of the council tax on a Band B maisonette prior to completing on the purchase?
Your property's band will typically be set out within the conveyancing report on title along with the local council Up-to-date rates for residents of Lakenheath are set out in detail on the Forest Heath council site. At the time of writing (24 February 2013) the rates are:
- Band A - £1,007.00
- Band B - £1,175.00
- Band C - £1,343.00
- Band D - £1,510.00
- Band E - £1,846.00
- Band F - £2,182.00
- Band G - £2,517.00
- Band H - £3,021.00
The vendor looks to have fitted unsympathetic window frames on the property in Lakenheath which might violate conservation area criteria
The property lawyer to identify if your proposed purchase is within a conservation area and whether any alterations have requisite permission from the Forest Heath planning authority. In the event that no authority consents be available the solicitor will recommend the best alternative which may include seeking an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective consent from Forest Heath planning authority.
Do I have to be present at viewings?
No, you don’t. It used to be the case that estate agencies were happy to leave the homeowner to show prospective buyers around. However, this has now been dispensed with because they won’t necessarily have the property skills and experience of dealing with and selling to a buyer. Therefore, the preference is usually that you should not be present in the home at all, although this can obviously be difficult with infirmity, working from home, and childcare.
The best option is to discuss this with the estate agent when you appoint them, so that you are aware of their expectations for each viewing, and they will be able to work around you if you have to be present in the home. Whether you are present or not, you should still take care not to be too messy and tidy up as much as possible prior to the viewing appointment, so that good impressions are maintained.
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Lakenheath property lawyers apply for a number of searches when they are instructed to act for a purchase client but what particular ones?
When getting a mortgage lender will expect particular searches, including the following Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, specific local Lakenheath searches, which may include a Company Searches.