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Conveyancing in Mayfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Local travel information

The closest airport to Mayfield is Gatwick South Terminal Airport. Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 22 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 24 miles away. The nearest station to Mayfield is Crowborough.

Crowborough War Memorial hospital is relatively close to Mayfield.

Q.

On the purchase of a £319,000 home, what will be the fees? I need low cost conveyancing.

A.

Many firms promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Any disbursements to be paid ought to be listed on your conveyancing quote

Q.

Where do I check if the conservation area is not being properly maintained?

A.

Conservation areas in Mayfield are set up by the local Wealden planning authority, who oversee conservation area concerns from including things like ugly parking meters, coloured road surfaces and street furniture. English Heritage have produced information in relation to the state of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability.

Q.

What steps can I take to avoid paying for stamp duty tax?

A.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally due on property over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Homeward Legal firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation, as such schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself. There have been a small number of government initiatives, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'. You will be able to confirm your eligibility for any such active initiatives with your solicitor..

Q.

The estate agent we're using in Denbigh has suggested the lawyer. Must we use this firm?

Many agents have referral deals with solicitors where they refer conveyancing clients to them, however, such referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as an agent may select whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

Q.

Will the report on the property's title prepared by the conveyancing solicitor in Mayfield report back on the rates of council tax on an apartment before exchange of contracts?

A.

A property lawyer will consult with the Wealden local authority to ask about the current council tax charges which will be set out in the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for homes in Mayfield are listed online at the Wealden local authority site. At the time of authoring, 21 December 2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,088.00
  • Band B - £1,270.00
  • Band C - £1,451.00
  • Band D - £1,632.00
  • Band E - £1,995.00
  • Band F - £2,358.00
  • Band G - £2,721.00
  • Band H - £3,265.00

Q.

Should we get searches for chancel liability? We are buying close to parish land in Mayfield.

A.

Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including county histories. Mayfield church lands include S.John the Baptist and St Dunstan.

Q.

Is Homeward Legal experienced enough to complete within 28 days of exchange on the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Mayfield?

A.

All of our property conveyancers frequently take instructions from sellers at auction. Lawyers tend to suggest purchasers to appoint an auction experienced property lawyer before the day of the auction to allow for a thorough investigation of the legal pack. Immediately following the auction day itself, your lawyer will need to be focused on complete the legal work in under a month as conventionally required by the terms of sale.

Q.

What can searches cost?

A.

The cost of conveyancing searches will vary appreciably. Searches are charged 'at cost'.

 
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