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Conveyancing in Lewes Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/04/18

Local Lewes attractions

Monk's House National Trust Glynde Place Historic Houses Association and Firle Place Historic Houses Association are in Lewes.

Lewes's nearest airport is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport. Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 22 miles and Shoreham Airport is 14 miles away. Lewes's closest station is Lewes at 1 mile s.

The closest hospital to Lewes is Lewes Victoria.

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How do I find fixed rate conveyancing in Lewes?

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Many property lawyers promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms. Extra charges which are listed in the solicitor's terms ought to be fair. They be applied only where the conveyancer must complete work beyond standard conveyancing for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements should also be clearly stated on a quote. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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My wife and I are purchasing in Lewes, and would like to find out whether there are many designated conservation areas.

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Conservation areas indicate regions registered as being of special architectural or historic interest. Conservation areas in Lewes include Seaford Town Centre. The local authority will advise further about local areas of conservation, and the property solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities.

Q.

Please explain why the conveyancing process takes so long?

A.

The legal work required to buy or sell a home could be lengthy even in the best of circumstances. Some delays are out of your solicitor's hands. We do our best to minimise the burden of these delays wherever possible to do so. Reasons for delay include the time taken to return management information.

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How is stamp duty tax calculated, and how much do we need to pay on a £608000 property?

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The Stamp Duty due will rely on the property's value. On a £608000 house or flat in Lewes, stamp duty will be £24320.*

*Correct as of February 2013

Q.

Does the report on title compiled by the Lewes lawyer advise us on the applicable rates of the council tax on a Band D property before exchanging contracts?

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Your property solicitor will consult with the Lewes local council to ask about the current council tax rates, which will be set out in the report on title. The latest tax charges for residents of Lewes are set out at the Lewes council website. At the time of writing (09 September 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,097.00
  • Band B - £1,279.00
  • Band C - £1,462.00
  • Band D - £1,645.00
  • Band E - £2,010.00
  • Band F - £2,376.00
  • Band G - £2,741.00
  • Band H - £3,290.00

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Do you have low cost solicitors that get involved in auction conveyancing in Lewes?

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Our company is very capable working with bidders at auction. Homeward Legals panel of conveyancing lawyers have been instructed by numerous buyers and sellers at local Lewes auctions like Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Experienced auction buyers always get an affordable conveyancing lawyer as fast as possible to give enough time for a thorough review of the sellers legal pack before the property auction date.

Immediately following the day of bidding your selected conveyancing solicitor will be geared up to finishing the legal work in a as tight time frame as required .

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Which of the Lewes mortgage lender panels are your solicitors on?

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Most lenders in Lewes are on our Lewes solicitors' panel. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Independant Mortgage Matters, 81 High St, Lewes, BN7 1XN.

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The vendor has installed inappropriate artiicial stone cladding on the property which may infringe on Seaford Town Centre conservation area rules.

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The lawyer will carry out searches find out if the property is inside a conservation area and whether any alterations have essential permission from the Lewes authority.