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Conveyancing in Norfolk Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Norfolk data:

The nearest station to Norfolk is Attleborough, almost 9 miles away. The nearest airport to Norfolk is Norwich International Airport (17 miles).

Dereham is a relatively close hospital.

Q.

We need a discount conveyancing quote. What are the risks?

A.

Many online and high street property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs will be included in the terms.

Q.

What are 'fixtures and fittings'?

A.

There is not a clear definition of fixtures and fittings, which can result in conflict once the new owner takes possession. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This makes the completion of a fixtures and fittings form essential.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Norfolk?

  • Norfolk intersects with the following local authorities: Breckland District Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE, Tel: 01362 656 870
  • Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0DU, Tel: 01603 431 133
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QF, Tel: 01493 856 100
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX, Tel: 01553 616 200
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX, Tel: 01553 616 201
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX, Tel: 01553 616 202
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX, Tel: 01553 616 203
  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DH, Tel: 0344 800 8020
  • North Norfolk District Council, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN, Tel: 01263 513 811
  • North Norfolk District Council, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN, Tel: 01263 513 812
  • North Norfolk District Council, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN, Tel: 01263 513 813
  • Norwich City Council, City Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NH, Tel: 0344 980 3333
  • Waveney District Council, Town Hall, High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HS, Tel: 01502 562 111
  • Q.

    Property lawyers in Norfolk order a variety of property when they are instructed to act for a property purchaser, what actual searches?

    A.

    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.

    Q.

    The property seller has added unfitting roof aerials on the property which might possibly conflict with Foulsham conservation area guidelines.

    A.

    The lawyer will check if the property is inside a designated conservation area and whether any modifications have essential permissions from the local planning authority.

    Q.

    I have read about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, I am thinking that environmental searches might not be detailed enough?

    A.

    Flood searches applied for by your property lawyer in Norfolk will include the far more informative Landmark flood search if it is felt necessary.

    If you are worried you might try to contact a neighbour of the property.

    Q.

    Doing ones own conveyancing without the support of a conveyancing solicitor in Norfolk looks to be possible as a buyer of a maisonette. However, would it really be a false economy ?

    A.

    If you are so inclined attempt to do this you can definitely complete the bulk of the your own conveyancing without the help of a specialist Norfolk property solicitor .

    Needless to say firms and their solicitors would argue that this would be a risky approach as DIY lawyers do not have the correct cover that all legal practices are obligated to carry.

    Q.

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

    A.

    In simple terms, the earlier, the better, as conveyancing involves various tasks which may be performed very early in the process. Some sources advocate postponing instruction until an offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or buyer eager to move quickly.

     
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