Which local authority is responsible for Northam?
Northam is located in Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7LY, Tel: 02380 833 000
Do I need a RICS-qualified surveyor to inspect the Northam house purchase?
It is suggested that all buyers arrange a surveyor to perform a survey. There are a wide range of concerns which will impact a property, for example severe weathering and chimney defects, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.
Is it hard to sell a property located in a conservation area?
A conservation area is designated and managed by the local authority to ensure the unique nature of the location is maintained by placing restrictions on changes to the buildings, street furniture and green spaces to protect the architectural or historical interest of everything within the conservation area boundary.
Because of this resistance to change, this usually means homes in conservation areas are more attractive to buyers, and, as such, there may be a premium to pay over properties outside such areas. Because of the attraction of such property, they will usually sell well and quickly. However, there will need to be greater checks by the buyer’s solicitor to verify that your property conforms to the conservation area restrictions, which may add extra time to the duration of the conveyancing.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have a great deal of experience working with sales and purchases in conservation areas, so why not give our team a quick call on 0800 038 6699 right now to find out what we can do to help your plans?
What length of time will conveyancing legal work need? We need to move quickly.
The length of time needed to transact a property does vary, dependent on several concerns, for example, where a party does not quickly respond an enquiry. Eight to twelve weeks is the industry-wide average, whereas our solicitors aim for faster conveyancing, driving the transaction to complete within 6 to 8 weeks.
What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
Flood searches are assessed from archived records but when one considers climate change, such as the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began,, are they in fact the ideal way t ascertain sufficient information about the local Northam flood risk?
A Northam conveyancer will recommend that you get additional conveyancing and environmental searches if the standard search spots a any kind of Northam flooding risk.
For extra peace of mind it may be sensible to contact a local resident.
My partner and I are buying in Northam. Can I establish whether the property is in a designated conservation area?
These areas categorise neighbourhoods of 'special architectural and historic interest'. Your property solicitor will be able to offer more information and address the impact buying in a conservation area may have, regarding specific conservation areas in Northam.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.