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Conveyancing in Leatherhead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/10/17

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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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.

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Does the Leatherhead conveyancing solicitor in form me about the cost of the council tax on a Band B building prior to exchange of contracts?

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Your homes relevant council tax band should typically be reported as part of the conveyancer's title report along with the local authority.

Council tax rates for homes in Leatherhead are published online at the Mole Valley council website. As at (17 September 2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,006.00
  • Band B - £1,174.00
  • Band C - £1,341.00
  • Band D - £1,509.00
  • Band E - £1,844.00
  • Band F - £2,180.00
  • Band G - £2,515.00
  • Band H - £3,018.00

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What are Leatherhead's property searches?

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Conveyancing searches are a pack of queries performed in the interest of the purchaser, for example a local authority search. They cannot be used in place of a survey.

Q.

Do I need to get a chancel search? We are purchasing close by parsonage grounds in Leatherhead.

A.

Property owners near to specific local church buildings may be required to fund repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. As a consequence of a recent Act, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Church lands in the area include All Saints and St Mary & St Nicholas.

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My wife and I are interested in purchasing in Leatherhead, and need to know if there are many conservation areas.

A.

Conservation areas conserve areas of historic or architectural significance. A solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have and offer more information for conservation areas in Leatherhead.

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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.

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Which local authority is responsible for Leatherhead?

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Leatherhead is located in Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ phone: 01306 885 001