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Conveyancing in Longfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/04/17

Local area transport information

Longfield's closest airport is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport (10 miles). London City Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 21 mile s, Rochester Airport is 10 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 13 miles away and Longfield's closest train station is Longfield at 1 mile s.

The most convenient hospital is Fawkham Manor.

Q.

How do we find low cost conveyancing?

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This matter catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many firms offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. These terms are often ignored by excited property buyers and sellers, eager to get underway. Additional charges should be fair and clearly defined. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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What length of time may conveyancing to buy a flat need, on average? I am purchasing a house in Longfield.

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The time required to transact a property can vary, based on several issues including situations where another party does not quickly respond an enquiry. Nationally, the average is up to twelve weeks, whereas our solicitors take a more proactive attitude, pushing a transaction to complete within 8 weeks if possible.

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Which factors will impact land in Longfield, and are they checked for thoroughly?

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Many of contaminants caused by natural causes may ruin land. Issues including environmental radon sources should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Hartley Bottom Farm, Kent, DA3 8LJ may be one Longfield source of contamination.

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What is the council tax on a Sixties detached Band E property in Longfield?

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You should be give detail the houses band in the report on title. Correct rates for homes in Longfield are detailed on the Dartford council

site. At the time of writing on 30 June 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £963.00
  • Band B - £1,124.00
  • Band C - £1,284.00
  • Band D - £1,445.00
  • Band E - £1,766.00
  • Band F - £2,087.00
  • Band G - £2,408.00
  • Band H - £2,890.00

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The web is full of a number of handbooks giving details on do it yourself conveyancing for example House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property. That being the case, do I have to use solicitor in Longfield ?

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There are no arguments why a buyer cant adopt a DIY approach and carry out the bulk of the legal process without the help of a specialist property solicitor in Longfield. However, a property lawyer in Longfield juggles a huge array of exercises e.g. chasing any outstanding docs and interpreting management accounts which require a qualified solicitor. Above all else do it yourself conveyancers take huge risks in operating without appropriate cover which all legal firms are required to carry.

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Do I need to choose a firm of solicitors referred by the estate agent?

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If you choose a law firm this way, you the agent can pressure a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Is a PI contribution a disbursement or fee?

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It is not always obvious whether a cost is a fee or a disbursement. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in a quote.

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What does the Longfield property solicitor advise if the flat I am buying is inside a Dartford council conservation area and turns out to have inappropriate dormer windows added?

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Dartford planning authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by a solicitor during the legal process will confirm if the property is within a conservation area and any evidence of consent for additions to the property will be required.

 
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