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Conveyancing in Northampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Local travel information:

As reported in the UK 2011 census Northampton's usual residential population is 653,215 spread over an area of 466,936 acres meaning a density of residential population of 1.4 people per acre.

Northampton is less than three miles of junction entry 15a Southbound of the M1.

The closest airport to Northampton is Turweston Aerodrome Airport (16 miles). and the closest station to Northampton is Northampton.

The most convenient hospital to Northampton is Northampton General.

Q.

How do we get a discount conveyancing estimate in Northampton?

A.

Confusion over this issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. The disbursements to be paid must also be stated on your conveyancing quote Any additional costs which are listed in the small print needs to be fair and only be applied if your conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Sixties detached Band G property in Northampton?

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You will be cover the houses council tax band in the report on title. The latest tax rates for residents of Northampton are set out in detail at the Northampton council site. As at (14 February 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £964.00
  • Band B - £1,124.00
  • Band C - £1,285.00
  • Band D - £1,445.00
  • Band E - £1,767.00
  • Band F - £2,088.00
  • Band G - £2,409.00
  • Band H - £2,891.00

Q.

We are moving in Northampton, and have a conveyancing quote from you. May there be any additional charges?

No. Homeward Legal do not charge any additional charges for sale or purchase conveyancing. Our conveyancing quotes offer an honest and accurate fee the legal costs for your sale or purchase.

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. Is the soil possibly contaminated by waste minerals like chromium (Cr)?

A.

Restrictions exist to stop future top-soil contamination, but some will remain in the environment for decades. Data on many contaminants, such as groundwater contamination, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

The current owner appears to have added inappropriate removal of chimney stacks to the maisonette in Northampton which I think might possibly defy conservation area guidelines

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The conveyancing solicitor should establish if the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the appropriate consents from the Northampton authority.

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When buying a 1940s investment flat in a designated Northampton conservation area, where does one find details in relation to the state of upkeep?

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Local Northampton conservation areas are nominated by the local authority (Northampton) who administer things like private spaces to the policing of ugly highway signs. Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together records in relation to the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the trend.

Q.

We are taking out a mortgage in Northampton with Direct Line Mortgages - is there anything I need to be aware of?

A.

In some cases, lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. We can act on behalf of many mortgage lenders, ensuring that an additional lawyer will not be required to act for your lender.

Q.

Of main Northampton lenders, who is on your panel?

A.

Of lenders with branches nearby Northampton, Homeward Legal alongside most. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Allied Irish Bank (GB), 1 Waterside Way, Northampton, NN4 7XD, St James's Place, Rowan House/23 Billing Rd, Northampton, NN1 5AT, and Crabtree Consulting Ltd, 12 Atterbury Way, Great Houghton, Northampton, NN4 7AU.