What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
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What sort of investigation concerning the risk of possible flooding at Rutland will my property solicitor in Lyddington report on for a Sixties home I am wanting to purchase?
A conveyancing lawyer conducts property conveyancing searches that should include Lyddington flood risk area data. At the time of writing (03/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency do not list any active flood warnings in the Lyddington area.
I plan to buy a chapel in the parish of Ayston. Will a chancel search be required?
A conveyancing solicitor should confirm that a chancel search is ordered, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is located. Through some Parochial Church Councils have chosen to charge chancel repairs on owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not continue to be so.
What does the Lyddington conveyancing solicitor recommend if the house is situated in a Corby planning authority conservation area which seems to have unsightly cladding fitted?
Corby local authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by a solicitor during the conveyancing process should ascertain the existence of suitable authorisation for any modifications to the property. If no authority consents be produced, your Lyddington conveyancer will advise you of the alternatives like seeking cover from an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective permission.
Should I be concerned about gazumping?
The custom of choosing to reject a previously accepted offer on a purchase after a new buyer makes a more attractive offer is called gazumping. The will be a danger of gazumping in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a fast, efficient solicitor as early as possible.
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
What areas of conservation are there in Lyddington?
Areas deemed to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', such as 19th century suburbs, will be registered as conservation areas. These restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners, but the benefits will include properties can be easier to sell.