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Conveyancing in Montpelier Q & A's

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Updated: 24/07/17

Montpelier points of interest

Westbury College Gatehouse National Trust Bristol St Paul Churches Conservation Trust and Bristol St John the Baptist Churches Conservation Trust are close to Montpelier.

Montpelier is inside 1 mile of junction entry 3 Northbound of the M32.

Montpelier's closest airport is Bristol Airport. Montpelier's closest station is Montpelier.

The closest hospital to Montpelier is Bristol Royal Infirmary.


I need fixed rate Montpelier conveyancing. What do we need to consider?


Several conveyancers claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional fees will be included in the terms. This small print is often not read by buyers in a hurry. Any additional charges should be clearly defined.


Does my assigned solicitor in Montpelier inform me about the cost of the council tax for a Band H apartment before completing on the purchase?


The property lawyer will contact the Bristol local authority to reveal the up to date council tax rates, which should be detailed in the conveyancer's title report.

The correct charges for Montpelier are published at the Bristol local authority website. At the time of writing (25 September 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,221.00
  • Band C - £1,395.00
  • Band D - £1,570.00
  • Band E - £1,919.00
  • Band F - £2,267.00
  • Band G - £2,616.00
  • Band H - £3,140.00


How do we determine stamp duty?


The Stamp Duty that is payable will rely on the purchase price. Stamp duty will be £11820 on a £394000 house or flat in Montpelier (accurate March 2013).


DIY conveyancing without the help of a Montpelier property solicitor is becoming possible when buying a flat. However, would it actually be reasonable ?


Theoretically there is absolutely no argument why a seller cannot carry out the your own conveyancing unaided. That said, a property lawyer typically handles a large array of exercises such as applying for and interpreting office copies or identifying the most appropriate searches which are more safely handled with appropriate a qualified professional. Nevertheless solicitors firms are under a duty to carry the appropriate insurance to safeguard you in the event of any losses you encounter.


What will the searches usually cost?


The cost of searches does vary. These searches are disbursements, and will be charged at cost.


What factors can contaminate land in Montpelier. Are these properly investigated?


Several contaminants could irreparably damage residential property in Montpelier . Issues including petroleum and fuel sites will be detailed in an appropriate search.


Will I need to get a chancel search? I am purchasing a home in Montpelier.


Owners of property in a neighbourhood near nearby church property are expected to contribute towards the cost of repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Montpelier must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search.


To complete on our purchase ASAP, how can we organise a fast conveyancing process?


As is widely reported, a fast completion is key is to employing a proactive solicitor. There are, however, various jobs you as the buyer can do. These include:

  • pushing the solicitor to begin enquiries as soon as possible
  • responding to your solicitor by phone, fax or email wherever possible
  • arranging any finances require to complete the purchase