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Conveyancing in Maldon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

Local information

Maldon's nearest station is Hatfield Peverel and Maldon's nearest airport is London, Southend Airport. London Airport is 12 miles, Clacton Airport is 21 mile and Stansted Airport is 21 mile away.

St Peters Maldon is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Maldon for a £694,000 home?

A.

Both high-street and online firms promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional costs are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Extra fees which are listed in terms and conditions should be reasonable and clear.

Q.

What will the council tax cost for a buy to let Band G flat in Maldon?

A.

The council tax band will, more often than not, be identified within the title report, as well as by the governing local authority. The latest tax charges for properties in Maldon are tabled on the Maldon local authority website. As of 02 March 2013 band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,168.00
  • Band C - £1,335.00
  • Band D - £1,502.00
  • Band E - £1,836.00
  • Band F - £2,170.00
  • Band G - £2,504.00
  • Band H - £3,005.00

Q.

Is contaminated land an issue for any properties in Maldon?

A.

Residential property in Maldon is contaminated by numerous environmental factors, like local historic industrial processes and pollution incidents. An environmental search should offer more information.

Q.

How much time will conveyancing legal work generally require? I am buying in Maldon.

A.

On average, the amount of time taken to buy or sell residential property will vary, based on a number of considerations which may include if third parties fail to promptly answer queries. The national average is 8 to 12 weeks, we however work towards four to six weeks, wherever possible.

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When do we need to get a solicitor?

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Whether buying or selling, the sooner you instruct a solicitor, the better. Promptly instructing a solicitor for your Maldon transaction for a purchase means that your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.

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In Maldon, are there services of contaminated soil remediation?

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Where land has been contaminated by industry or agriculture, remediation may be possible. Contact a local service provider e.g. Tolleshunt Turf Farms, Green Farm/The Street, Salcott, Maldon, CM9 8HL for more detail.

Q.

Is there anything I can do to defer paying stamp duty tax?

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Stamp duty is generally payable for homes sold for more than 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty scheme should be treated with extreme caution in Maldon. Such schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

Q.

What can a Maldon conveyancing solicitor do if the maisonette we hope to invest in is located in a conservation area and has inappropriate window frames added?

A.

Maldon planning authority searches carried out by the solicitor during the legal process should ascertain whether the Maldon property a conservation area and evidence of council approval for modifications will be required.