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Conveyancing in Langport Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Langport area information

Priest's House National Trust , High Ham Windmill, Langport All Saints Churches Conservation Trust and Muchelney Abbey English Heritage are close to Langport.

The nearest airport to Langport is Bristol Airport (25 miles). Langport's closest station is Bridgwater at 9 miles.

The nearest hospital is South Petherton.

Q.

I am looking for a cheap solicitor to own a house. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

A.

The lack of clarity surrounding this topic catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Additional fees listed in your solicitor's terms should be clearly defined and only be applied if the solicitor must complete additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

Q.

When in the process do we need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

A.

In the vast majority of cases, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better. Early instruction of a conveyancing firm to act on your Langport sale or purchase for a purchase means that your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.

Q.

What actual conveyancing searches should my Langport conveyancing solicitor carry out when acting on a Langport flat?

A.

The normal conveyancing protocol is to obtain Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal), Environmental and Tin Mining Search and, depending on certain criteria, specific local Langport searches such as Subsidence.

Q.

What type of local checks into the risk and history of possible flooding at Somerset will my property solicitor in Langport be able to conduct?

A.

A critical component in the legal process of purchasing a property involves the lawyer making an application for property environmental searches that set out specific information with respect to Langport historical flood risk. As an additional measure, a Langport conveyancing solicitor may suggest a more detailed (e.g. Homcheck) flood search.

Q.

What will the council tax cost on a period Band G flat in Langport?

A.

Your relevant band will normally be reported as part of the title report along with the local authority.

Correct charges for Langport are set out at the South Somerset local authority site. Currently on 03 December 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £991.00
  • Band B - £1,156.00
  • Band C - £1,321.00
  • Band D - £1,486.00
  • Band E - £1,816.00
  • Band F - £2,146.00
  • Band G - £2,476.00
  • Band H - £2,972.00

Q.

Do I need a chancel liability search when you are buying in Langport?

A.

Where land in Langport was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for repairs to local churches. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including parish records. Church properties in this area include All Saint's.

Q.

What can a Langport conveyancing lawyer recommend if the property I hope to buy is inside a South Somerset planning authority conservation area that has out of place satellite dishes fitted to it?

A.

South Somerset planning authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search carried out by a property lawyer during the conveyancing process will check whether the property is within a designated conservation area proof of consent for additions to the property will be requested.

Q.

We are purchasing a £1108000 Langport house. What will be determined for Stamp Duty Land Tax?

A.

The Stamp Duty you must pay is dependent on the valuation. For a home purchased for £1108000, SDLT will be £55400.*

*This information correct as of August 2012

 
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