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Conveyancing in Merseyside Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Regional travel information

Commuters are well served with Merseyside enjoying excellent motorway access around 2 miles of the M62.

The nearest airport to Merseyside is Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Howarden Airport is 16 miles and Eccles Airport is 24 miles away. Merseyside's closest station is Edge Hill.

The nearest hospital to Merseyside is Liverpool Womens.

Q.

There are lots of 'cheap' offers, but how do we find a good one? We need to find a discount conveyancing estimate in Merseyside.

A.

Both high-street and online law firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional fees will be included in the small print. Extra fees found in terms of engagement should be reasonable. They only apply in cases where your lawyer must perform additional tasks on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

My partner and I are purchasing a building in Merseyside. Are there many conservation areas in the area?

A.

Conservation areas specify regions of historical or architectural value. Prescot Town Centre, Albert Dock and Canning Street are among the conservation areas in Merseyside. These restrictions create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities, but the benefits will include a more attractive neighbourhood. Your property solicitor will offer more information.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Merseyside?

  • Merseyside intersects with the following local authorities: Birmingham City Council, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB, contact: 0121 303 1111
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Customer Contact Centre, Municipal Buildings, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 1TX, contact: 0151 489 6000
  • Liverpool City Council, Municipal Buildings, Dale St, Liverpool, L2 2DH, contact: 01512 333 000
  • Sefton Council, 324- 342 Stanley Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 6ET, contact: 0845 140 0845
  • St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Contact Centre, Wesley House, Corporation Street, Merseyside, WA10 1HF, contact: 01744 456 789
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED, contact: 0151 606 2000
  • Q.

    We are buying on a newly development brownfield site. What should we do regarding iron (Fe) soil contamination?

    A.

    Merseyside industrial or agricultural can cause top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contamination.

    Q.

    Is it possible that some of the Merseyside conservation areas are at risk?

    A.

    An up-to-date directory of the state of Merseysides conservation areas is chronicled by English Heritage and the following details are accessible at English Heritage - Prescot Town Centre is recorded as very bad with medium vulnerability and condition improving.

    Q.

    Is your panel of solicitors geared up for complete fast the conveyancing for residential property auction properties in Merseyside?

    A.

    Our team are property auction specialists and do frequently do the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Homeward Legals panel of property lawyers have in the past worked for many buyers and sellers at local Merseyside property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

    Savvy buyers will instruct a suitable solicitors practice as fast as possible to allow adequate time for a thorough investigation of the sellers pack well before the auction day.

    Post date of the auction, a property lawyer needs to be prepared for finish the conveyancing in under 28 days as usually required by the standard auction conditions.

    Q.

    The owner looks to have installed windows on the maisonette which may infringe on the Albert Dock conservation area rules.

    A.

    A lawyer will always find out whether the property is located within a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have the required consent. In the event that no authority consents be available, the solicitor will recommend the alternatives which include seeking cover from an indemnity insurance policy or seeking retrospective permission.

    Q.

    When do you need to get a conveyancing solicitor to act on our sale?

    A.

    Whether buying or selling, the earlier in the process you can instruct a solicitor, the better, as the legal work can begin straight away. Promptly instructing a conveyancing solicitor for your Merseyside transaction for a purchase can mean that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, information, especially from slow third-parties, can be requested even prior to accepting an offer.

     
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