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Conveyancing in Long Eaton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/01/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Long Eaton -

By road: Long Eaton is served by the M1, A453 and A6005. By rail: The nearest train station is Long Eaton. By air: Long Eaton is closest to East Midlands Airport (9 miles), Birmingham Airport (45 miles), and Coventry Airport (48 miles).

Hospital: Royal Derby, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3NE. Council: Erewash Borough (www.erewash.gov.uk).

Attractions: West Park, Rushcliffe Country Park, Lane’s Garden Centre Open Farm, Wollaton Hall and Park, Elvaston Castle, and Attenborough Nature Park.

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When in the conveyancing process is it appropriate to speak to a solicitor in Long Eaton?

With a firm like Homeward Legal offering a 'no move, no fee' conveyancing quote, the earlier in the process you can instruct them, the better, as there are several conveyancing tasks that may be performed immediately. There are those who advocate postponing instruction until after the offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or having a buyer eager to move quickly. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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Do we need to be concerned about fixtures and fittings?

Usually, fixtures are the fixed elements, such as external lights attached to floors, walls or ceilings, and fittings are free-standing items, like a fridge or lampshades. Completion and agreement of a ‘fixtures and fittings’ form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopardise the transaction.

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What individual property searches should my lawyer request on a Long Eaton semi-detached house?

The normal conveyancing protocol for Long Eaton is to obtain the following: a Local Authority (council) Search, a Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), an Environmental Search, and a Lead Mining Search. There may be additional area-specific searches that need to be carried out (e.g. a Land Charges Full Search).

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Which Long Eaton lender panels are your solicitors on?

Homeward Legal can work with the majority of lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Your conveyancing solicitors should be able to address any specific requests your lender may have, thereby preventing them from passing on their legal bill to you. A number of mortgage specialists operate in and around Long Eaton, including:

  • Mortgage and Property Centre, 59 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1LU
  • Holmfield Financial Services, 221a Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1DN
  • Barclays Bank PLC, 1 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1LY
  • Q.

    How long might the conveyancing work require on a flat in Long Eaton? I need a fast service.

    The time needed to sell or purchase residential property does vary, dependent on a broad set of factors (for example, when third parties fail to promptly answer queries). Nationally, the average time for the conveyancing is around twelve weeks, whereas our solicitors at Homeward Legal will, wherever feasible, work towards a six-week timescale. Use our quote calculator, or call our waiting experts on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

    Q.

    Our purchase will complete soon, but how is Stamp Duty Land Tax calculated?

    Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) depends on a small range of considerations, but primarily the house’s or flat's purchase price, if it is over £125,000. For example, the SDLT on a £1,160,000 home will be £59,750.

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    As a result of the flooding in September 2012 in the East Midlands, am I right to be apprehensive about environmental searches not being sufficient to establish the flood-risk in Long Eaton?

    Environmental searches carried out by your property solicitor as a standard part of the conveyancing will

    return historical data on flooding in the Long Eaton area. Should the level of risk be deemed high enough, your solicitor may recommend ordering a far more thorough flood-search. This is a disbursement, which will be passed on to you at cost, if you go ahead with it. If you remain worried, you could contact a close neighbour, or a local flood repair expert.

    Q.

    I really need to exchange contracts on the sale of a leasehold apartment within 5 weeks, so are Homeward Legal solicitors in Long Eaton fast workers?

    Yes they are. Our solicitors are part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme and always approach the conveyancing in a pragmatic and proactive way. Homeward Legal’s solicitors will always communicate end-to-end throughout the buyer and seller chain, and always use cutting-edge integrated systems to exchange on the sale with minimal stress. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

    Q.

    Is contaminated land in Long Eaton a problem?

    A.

    A range of contaminants can reduce the value of property. Contaminants such as other sources of contaminated land will be reported on in environmental search results.

    Q.

    What is the council tax on a Sixties converted Band B home in Long Eaton?

    A.

    The appropriate council tax band should conventionally be detailed as part of the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority. Correct charges for properties in Long Eaton are published at the Erewash council site. On, 20 September 2012, rates are as follows:

    • Band A - £987.00
    • Band B - £1,151.00
    • Band C - £1,316.00
    • Band D - £1,480.00
    • Band E - £1,809.00
    • Band F - £2,138.00
    • Band G - £2,467.00
    • Band H - £2,961.00

    Q.

    We are purchasing in Long Eaton, and need to know if there are many designated conservation areas.

    A.

    With 9000 conservation areas in England, the local areas in or near Long Eaton will include numerous areas of special architectural or historic interest registered as protected. You may wish to contact the council for more information, but your conveyancing lawyer will investigate the impact of conservation areas or other planning restrictions.

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    I am planning on buying a renovated building in the boundary of Long Eaton conservation area, how do we locate information on the state of upkeep?

    A.

    English Heritage, a government body, have created a detailed list about the condition of conservation areas along with the trend of the area. Local Long Eaton conservation areas are created by the local Erewash planning authority, who are responsible for things like the upkeep of public spaces to the prohibition of rundown streets.

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    In about 6 weeks we are likely to be moving out of our detached residence just outside Long Eaton into our new maisonette in Heanor , at what stage to choose a removals firm?

    A.

    The ideal point is to avoid booking the removals until after all parties have agreed the final moving date which typically occurs once exchange of contracts.

    For a local Derbyshire firm Man & Van, 19A Olive Av, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1NN Phone: 07404 649972 or A B C Removals & Storage Ltd, Unit B/Clifton Av, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 2GA Tel: 0115 973 1689.

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    Which Long Eaton lender panels are your solicitors on?

    A.

    Homeward Legal can work with the bulk of lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Long Eaton, including Mortgage Property Centre, 59 Derby Rd, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1LU, and Holmfield Financial Services, The New Media Centre/36-42 New Tythe St, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 2DL. Your conveyancing solicitors should be able to address any specific requests your lender may have.

    Q.

    Does your firm get involved in the conveyancing for property auction properties in Long Eaton?

    A.

    Yes - Homeward Legal is able to act for buyers at auction. Our niche auction team of conveyancers have previously worked for many vendors at national and local residential property auctions, for example Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

    Wise bidders will appoint the property lawyer as ahead of time as they can for a detailed report of the sellers pack before the date of the auction. Subsequently, following the auction your solicitor is absolutely focused on completing the legal side of things in the reduced time frame as usually required .