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Conveyancing in Mayfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/04/18

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.

We are buying on a Mayfield former industrial site. Is the top-soil likely to be contaminated?

A.

Restrictions exist to stop future top-soil contamination, but some existing contaminants can reside for decades after exposure. The local authority for Mayfield will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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
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  • 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.

Are there any conservation areas in Mayfield?

A.

Areas considered to be of architectural or historic interest, like mining villages, may be recognised as conservation areas. The local authority will be able to offer more information about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Mayfield?

A.

Mayfield is located in Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX, contact: 01323 443 322

Q.

Please tell us why conveyancing takes such a long time?

A.

The legal work required to buy or sell a house or flat will occasionally experience delays. We aim to minimise the burden of these delays, where possible, by chasing for prompt responses. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as the length of time it takes for the managing agent or landlord to respond to queries.

Q.

What sort of environmental conveyancing searches in respect to the risk and history of floods in East Sussex will a Mayfield property lawyer be able to conduct?

A.

The solicitor applies for conveyancing searches that should include Mayfield historical flood risk information.

Q.

How early is it appropriate to instruct a conveyancer in Mayfield?

A.

With few exceptions, as soon as possible, as there are a number of tasks that may be performed straight away. Instructing your solicitor sooner for a sale enables relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Mayfield solicitor ready when you make an offer.