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Conveyancing in Leatherhead Q & A's

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Updated: 23/04/17

Leatherhead travel information and addresses ;

Leatherhead's closest airport is Gatwick North Terminal Airport (12 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 14 miles, London City Airport is 22 miles, London Heliport Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 13 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, Elstree Airport is 25 miles, White Waltham Airport is 24 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 22 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 16 miles away and the nearest station to Leatherhead is Leatherhead, almost 1 mile away.

Leatherhead is close at inside a miles of junction entry 10 Westbound of the M25.

Leatherhead is the nearest hospital to Leatherhead.

Q.

How do we get the best rates for conveyancing for a £372,000 residence?

A.

Several solicitors offer cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in the terms and conditions. Additional costs listed in the terms ought to be reasonable and clear. They come into force only if your lawyer must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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How can I guard against gazumping?

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Gazumping describes when a seller accepts an offer, only to later reject it in favour of a higher offer. There is almost always a risk of gazumping. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

Q.

We are buying in Leatherhead on a newly development brownfield land. What should we do regarding nickel (Ni) soil contamination?

A.

Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Leatherhead, but if significant harm could be caused to people or protected species by the contamination, it is likely to be labelled

contaminated land. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including perchlorate and groundwater contamination.

Q.

Doing ones own conveyancing without instructing a solicitor in Leatherhead looks to be possible when buying a house. Would it actually be sensible ?

A.

If you are so inclined endeavour to do so you can engage in the bulk of the conveyancing without approaching Leatherhead lawyer.

Above all else have a go conveyancers will not have sufficient indemnity cover which every solicitors firm will take out.

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

A.

If you use a firm offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the faster you instruct the better, as there are a number of tasks that can be carried out very early in the process. Some groups suggest holding off instruction until an offer is accepted, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.

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My estate agent has offered the lawyer who they generally use. Will it be easier to instruct them?

A.

The Sandwich agent will have influence over a law firm to handle your conveyancing they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore persuade a slow solicitor to work faster. However, if they are paid a referral fee, it may be the case that the agent recommends the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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We are buying a 1940s flat in a designated Leatherhead conservation area. How do we lay my hands on details about the standard of upkeep?

A.

Following a campaign, English Heritage maintain records on the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas along with the trend. Local conservation areas are created by Mole Valley who are responsible for things like private spaces to the impediment of street posts.

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How is Leatherhead contaminated land investigated?

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Residential property would be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes and human activities, like petroleum and fuel sites. An environmental search should offer more information.

 
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