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Conveyancing in Newton Abbot Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Newton Abbot -

By road: Newton Abbot is served by the A38, A380, A382 and A383. By rail: The nearest train station is Newton Abbot. By air: Newton Abbot is closest to Exeter Airport (21 miles).

Hospital: Newton Abbot, West Golds Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2TS. Council: Teignbridge District (www.teignbridge.gov.uk).

Attractions: Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Prickly Ball Farm, Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve, Plant World Gardens, Decoy Country Park, and Bradley Manor.

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Why does the conveyancing for a purchase in Newton Abbot go on for so long?

The legal work involved in buying or selling a Newton Abbot property can be delayed, even where there is no chain. In some cases, the delays are beyond the solicitor's power. Homeward Legal, however, understand that these interruptions to the smooth passage of the conveyancing can cause considerable stress. Therefore, we do our best to diminish their burden by pushing all parties involved for early resolution of issues and removal of obstructions. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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The estate agent we're using in Helston is pushing for us to use a particular property solicitor, but must we use this firm?

Both estate agents and mortgage brokers may endorse a conveyancing firm. However, if they are paid a referral fee, some agents may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, but not necessarily the best solicitor for your needs. You should review all your options very carefully and consider what your expectations are from your solicitor. At Homeward Legal, we work hard on your behalf to ensure that the completion is carried out as swiftly as possible without compromising on service.

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What specific searches will my solicitor conduct when instructed on a Newton Abbot property?

The standard conveyancing procedure is to obtain a Local Authority Search (personal or official), a Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), an Environmental Search, and, specifically for this area, a Tin Search and a Clay Search, as well as any particular search (for example, Commons Registration Search, or a Chancel Search). Any additional searches over and above the standard bundle are also disbursements and will be passed on to you at cost.

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Rooftop Mortgages will be our mortgage-lender for a purchase in Newton Abbot, but what will we need to check?

Conventionally, most solicitors’ firms could act for the majority of Newton Abbot mortgage-lenders and -brokers. Over the last few years, though, some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating higher legal costs for property-buyers. At Homeward Legal, we can act on behalf of most UK mortgage-lenders, thereby removing the possibility of them passing on their legal bills to you. Call us on 0800 038 6699 to find out more and to receive your fixed-fee quote.

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Is a drainage search a fee or disbursement?

Some solicitors pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may not be clear from the quote whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included as part of the fees. The drainage search is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost. Homeward Legal’s quotes are clearly laid out, making the distinction clear between fees and disbursements, so you are always aware how much your legal bill is going to cost you. Try our quote calculator or call our experts solicitors on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote, backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Personal circumstances mean we have to hurry up and complete on the sale of our co-owned leasehold apartment in Newton Abbot in a short timeframe. Do you have fast conveyancing solicitors?

At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are all members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, and their take-charge and highly proactive approach when carrying out the necessary legal work means that they work faster than other firms. With Homeward Legal, our solicitors will always attempt to communicate up and down the buyer and seller chain. They also use the latest land-registry-integrated and information technology systems to complete on the sale in the shortest time.

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Do we need a house-surveyor to inspect our property purchase in Newton Abbot?

It is strongly advised that buyers arrange for a property survey to be carried out to confirm the structural integrity of the building you are buying. There can be a wide range of defects which will impact a property, including settlement or dry rot, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor. For peace of mind, then, it makes complete sense to get a surveyor in to look over the property.

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Handling the legal work without the help of a Newton Abbot lawyer is becoming increasingly attractive as a way of cutting costs, but is it a false economy?

From a legal standpoint, there are no reasons why a buyer or seller should not conduct the legal work for themselves. However, a conveyancing solicitor handles a significant number of tasks (including chasing replies to requisitions, and handling retentions), some of which need training and experience. In addition, the Law Society requires firms and their solicitors to be covered by the applicable professional indemnity insurance that ultimately protects you from any professional negligence on the part of the solicitor. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we get fast conveyancing?

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Finding a proactive conveyancing solicitor is key a fast conveyancing transaction. Consider the following:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • How soon will they order searches?

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Is a drainage search a fee or disbursement?

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Some solicitors pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may not be clear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.

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What can a Newton Abbot conveyancing solicitor do when the property we are planning to buy is inside a local authority conservation area and has unapproved stone cladding fitted?

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Teignbridge local authority searches conducted by the solicitor during the legal process will identify whether the property is within a designated conservation area and any evidence of the appropriate permissions for additions to the property will be requested.

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Does our lawyer in Newton Abbot report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band H townhouse prior to completing on the purchase?

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The conveyancer will liaise with the governing Teignbridge local authority to ask about the applicable council tax band and rates, which should then be added to the title report.

Correct rates for homes in Newton Abbot are set out at the Teignbridge council website. On (09 October 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,031.00
  • Band B - £1,203.00
  • Band C - £1,375.00
  • Band D - £1,547.00
  • Band E - £1,891.00
  • Band F - £2,235.00
  • Band G - £2,579.00
  • Band H - £3,094.00

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What type of local environmental checks in connection with the risk of possible flooding in Devon will my property solicitor in Newton Abbot conduct for an Edwardian home I am purchasing?

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A conveyancing solicitor will apply for environmental searches that incorporate Newton Abbot historical flood risk information. Furthermore the property lawyer in Newton Abbot will often suggest a substantially more detailed local Newton Abbot area flood risk search.

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Handling the legal work without the help of a Newton Abbot lawyer is becoming possible as a buyer and seller of a house. Would it actually be risky ?

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Legally speaking there are no reasons why a seller should not conduct the legal work on your own. However, a conveyancing solicitor handles a significant number of tasks including chasing replies to requisitions and handling retentions some of which need experience. In addition firms and their solicitors are required by the Law Society to be covered by the applicable professional indemnity insurance that ultimately protects you from any professional negligence on the part of the solicitor.

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Which local authority is responsible for Newton Abbot?

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Newton Abbot is located in Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4XX, Tel: 01626 361 101