What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.
How can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.
I have to exchange on the conveyancing process on a share of freehold flat quickly - are you fast solicitors in Norfolk ?
Yes - We maintain that our group of SRA regulated solicitors always adopt a proactive style when concluding the legal work
By utilising the very latest CMS systems . We allocate property sellers a regulated conveyancing lawyer trained to communicate with the whole property chain (line of buyers and sellers) e.g. mortgage lenders, to accomplish a quick move.
If I am intending to buy near Norfolk, in the parish of Potter Heigham, do we need a chancel search?
A conveyancing solicitor could advise that a chancel search be ordered. Through some church councils have chosen to exact chancel repairs on the owners of land subject to chancel liability, there is no guarantee that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will continue to be free from liability. For property in the parish of Potter Heigham, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.
How is contaminated land in Norfolk identified?
Land in Norfolk is contaminated by a broad range of environmental factors, and an environmental search should reveal whether a home may be affected by contaminants in the area such as limestone or gypsum quarrying.
Property lawyers in Norfolk order a variety of property when they are instructed to act for a property purchaser, what actual searches?
If buying and taking out a mortgage lender will expect a solicitor to get at least specific searches, including these searches - Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search and Environmental, and, depending on certain criteria, specific local Norfolk searches, which may include a Commons Search.
How do we work out stamp duty rates and what should we pay on a £1137000 house?
The Stamp Duty Land Tax due will rely on the purchase price. For a property bought for £1137000, SDLT is £56850 (source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, October 2012).