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Conveyancing in Littleport Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/07/17

Local information

Littleport's closest train station is Littleport and the closest airport to Littleport is Cambridge City Airport.

Princess Of Wales Ely is a nearby hospital to Littleport.

Q.

We need to find a fixed rate conveyancing quote in Littleport. What are the risks?

A.

Many online and high street firms purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional costs can inflate your solicitor's invoice. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

What will a Littleport property solicitor recommend if the property we hope to invest in is located in a East Cambridgeshire planning authority conservation area which has inappropriate dormer windows added?

A.

Local authority enquiries conducted by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing will check whether the property is inside a conservation area and any evidence of council approval for changes to the property will be asked for. In the absence of any the necessary permissions, your conveyancing solicitor will inform you of all options, which include seeking from East Cambridgeshire local authority or obtaining an indemnity insurance policy.

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Do we need to get a Homebuyer Report for our house purchase?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly advise that purchasers book a RICS surveyor to carry out a survey. There can be many problems that can negatively affect a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation. These include flat roof leaks and subsidence.

Q.

What will the council tax cost for a Sixties Band F apartment in Littleport?

Your property's relevant band should in most cases be highlighted as part of the conveyancer's title report, as well as by the governing local authority Correct charges for residents of Littleport are set out online at the East Cambridgeshire local authority site. As at (05 January 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,170.00
  • Band C - £1,337.00
  • Band D - £1,504.00
  • Band E - £1,838.00
  • Band F - £2,172.00
  • Band G - £2,506.00
  • Band H - £3,007.00

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How can my solicitor in Littleport report back on the risk and history of floods at Littleport?

A.

An experienced conveyancing lawyer makes an application for conveyancing searches that should include Littleport flood risk information.

Q.

Which government body keeps records for recording the status of Littleport conservation areas?

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English Heritage, a government body, maintain information in relation to the state of repair of conservation areas in addition to the trend. Local Littleport conservation areas are set up by the local East Cambridgeshire planning authority, who preserve everything from including things like new developments, side extensions and private spaces.

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If I am purchasing in Littleport, do we need a chancel search?

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In Littleport, some owners can be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance of local churches. Parochial Church Councils in Littleport must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing lawyer will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Ecclesiastical properties in this area which may give rise to chancel liability include St George's Parish Church.

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As a result of the fact that an estimated 2 8m people are at risk from surface flooding I am wondering whether flood searches won't be thorough enough?

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A qualified solicitor in Littleport will advise you to get additional flood searches if the standard search flags up any kind of the local Littleport flood risk

Sometimes home buyers to contact a neighbour for additional peace of mind.

 
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