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Conveyancing in Leek Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Local travel information and addresses ;

The nearest airport to Leek is Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport. Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 21 mile away and Leek's closest train station is Congleton.

Leek Moorlands is the neighbouring hospital to Leek.

Q.

How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Leek for a £476,000 house?

A.

Numerous firms purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately extra fees can pad the final invoice. Any fees should be clearly defined. A quote for conveyancing in Leek must also state any disbursements to be paid.The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a residential terraced Band G property in Leek?

A.

You should be include the property's council tax band within the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax charges for Leek are set out in detail on the Staffordshire Moorlands council site. As of 24 October 2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £970.00
  • Band B - £1,132.00
  • Band C - £1,293.00
  • Band D - £1,455.00
  • Band E - £1,778.00
  • Band F - £2,102.00
  • Band G - £2,425.00
  • Band H - £2,910.00

Q.

Fixtures and fittings refer to what exactly?

A.

In general, there is not a clear definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

Q.

Are many buyers in Leek gazumped?

A.

This occurs when a house seller accepts the 1st buyer's offer and then rejects it, selecting instead a better offer. There is almost always a danger

of gazumping. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct an efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Leek?

A.

Leek is located in Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HZ, contact: 0300 123 55 00

Q.

In about four weeks we are going to be moving out of our semi detached residence just outside Leek to our next building in Kingsley what is the optimum stage to choose a house removal firm?

A.

Most property lawyers tend to advocate that buyers and sellers delay booking a removals company until such time as exchange of contracts has occurred as in all probability an agreed home moving date will not have been confirmed. Try Ferns Norman, 7 Shoobridge St, Leek, ST13 5LA Call: 01538 382897 or B & M Removals & Storage Ltd, Unit 5 Abbey Units/Macclesfield Rd, Leek, ST13 8LD Telephone: 01538 388999.

Q.

The estate agent we're using in Llanbrynmair has put forward the solicitor whom they usually use. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?

A.

It is common for agents to refer a conveyancing solicitor. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as the agent may recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

If I am buying in Leek on the same street as church grounds, do you need a chancel search?

A.

Property owners in a neighbourhood near church property in the locality must contribute towards the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. A chancel search checks that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. The solicitor carrying out the legal work for your move will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Ecclesiastical properties in Leek where chancel liability may apply include All Saints' Church, S.Edward the Confessor, S.John's Mission Room and S.Luke.

 
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