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Conveyancing in Lowestoft Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Local area transport information and addresses ;

The nearest train station to Lowestoft is Lowestoft. The nearest airport to Lowestoft is Norwich International Airport (24 miles).

Lowestoft & North Suffolk is a relatively close hospital.

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How do I get affordable conveyancing?

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Several conveyancers purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional charges may inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any additional fees found in terms of engagement should be fair. They only come into force where the conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

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At what point is it wise to arrange a conveyancing solicitor in Lowestoft?

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Generally, the faster you instruct the better. The legal work can then commence immediately. Early instruction of a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase enables you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process.

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Conveyancing and environmental searches may be fine but in light of recent events such as the fact that last year was second wettest year since 1920 are they comfort enough to check sufficient information about the Lowestoft flood risk?

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Property environmental searches handled by the solicitor in Lowestoft should include a more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are concerned consider contacting a future neighbour or nearby Suffolk flood repair expert, such as: Culley's Builders, 6 Oakwood Road, Lowestoft, NR33 9ED Tel: 01502 519034.

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The property seller looks to have added cladding on the house in Lowestoft which may defy nearby conservation area rules

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A property lawyer will make enquiries to check whether the property is located within a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the requisite permissions from the local authority.

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What is the council tax on a Fifties converted Band E property in Lowestoft?

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You will be informed about the homes band with the report on title.

Council tax charges for Lowestoft are set out online at the Waveney council website. At the time of authoring (02 November 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £969.00
  • Band B - £1,131.00
  • Band C - £1,292.00
  • Band D - £1,454.00
  • Band E - £1,777.00
  • Band F - £2,100.00
  • Band G - £2,423.00
  • Band H - £2,908.00

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There is a lot of online help on handling the legal side of home moving as a buyer of a home - Would it be reasonable to take care of the legal work without any help?

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Hypothetically there is no argument why you shouldn't handle the your own conveyancing without assistance. The truth is however that a property lawyer is in charge of a huge number of exercises ranging from checking contracts or the Land Registry formalities some of which are better done by someone with experience.

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When we are buying in Lowestoft on the same street as a rectory built in the 1200s, is it advisable that I get a chancel liability search?

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Lowestoft property likely to be affected. Parochial Church Councils in Lowestoft must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. Your solicitor can provide more details. Church lands in this area where a chancel search may be appropriate include Christ Church, Oulton Broad St Luke, Oulton Community Church and St Andrew.

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What is gazumping?

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Gazumping arises when a seller acknowledges one purchaser's offer and then dismisses it in favour of a second buyer's offer. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. You should instruct your property solicitor early to reduce the chance of gazumping.