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Conveyancing in Lowestoft Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

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.


How do I get affordable conveyancing?


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.


What is gazumping?


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.


Should we get a chancel search if I am buying in the parish of Metfield?


Whether you are buying a residence in Lowestoft or elsewhere in the county, the property lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be taken out. Chancel repair may be apportioned on current owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.


Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like fitted gas or electric fires?

House purchasers in Lowestoft are often frustrated by confusion regarding what fixtures and fittings should be included. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction, and this makes a fixtures and fittings form so necessary.


Will charges for the conveyancing take into account any extra costs?


Homeward Legal will never charge any additional fees to buy or sell a home. While comparing quotes, be aware that some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, which they will not be bound to.


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


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.


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


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


What sort of local authority searches in relation to the potential risk of flooding in Suffolk will a property lawyer in Lowestoft conduct on a buy to let house I am going to purchase?


A qualified conveyancing lawyer makes an application for official property conveyancing searches that incorporate Lowestoft flood risk area data. An inexpensive specialist set of searches (most likely a Landmark Database search) could possibly be advocated by your Lowestoft property solicitor if the results of the enviro. search reveal a flood risk.