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Conveyancing in Lavenham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Local area information

The nearest airport to Lavenham is Elmsett, Whatfield Rd Airport (8 miles). and the nearest train station to Lavenham is Sudbury Suffolk, around 6 miles away.

St Leonards Sudbury is a nearby hospital for Lavenham.

Q.

There are lots of 'cheap' offers, but how do we find a good one? I need to find affordable conveyancing.

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many homeowners, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many solicitors offer so-called cheap conveyancing, but additional charges are frequently hidden in the small print. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Do I need a chancel search when you are buying a Lavenham house close to a church?

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Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Lavenham Church council. Parochial Church Councils in Lavenham must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. Lavenham ecclesiastical properties where a chancel search may be necessary include St Peter and St Paul.

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We are buying on a Lavenham ex-industrial site. Is titanium (Ti) topsoil contamination likely?

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There are considerable regulations to manage soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Lavenham is more likely to occur near factories and other industrial sites. Data on other contaminants, like chlorinated solvents, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Where do we uncover additional info on the standard of the conservation areas in Lavenham?

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Local conservation areas, such as the upkeep of public spaces or advertising hoardings are police by the local authority (Babergh). English Heritage have assembled a detailed list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the trend.

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Fixtures and fittings are defined as what?

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Usually, fixtures are fixed elements, such as kitchen units to floors, walls and ceilings, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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What can I do to avoid paying out for SDLT?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally payable for purchases sold for over 125,000 pounds. We firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed imposing fines and reviewing all your revenue matters.

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Are there many purchasers in Lavenham gazumped?

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This occurs when a home owner accepts an offer, only to dismiss it, opting for another buyer's higher offer. Gazumping may happen even months into a purchase. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. Instructing a proactive solicitor as soon as possible is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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How soon do we need to arrange a conveyancer?

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With a firm offering a 'no move, no fee' conveyancing quote, the sooner the better. Instructing a firm early for a sale means that relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer.

 
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