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Conveyancing in Oldham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Oldham travel information:

According to the UK 2011 census, Oldham's residential population is 462,833 spread over an area of 37,327 hectares meaning a residential population density 12.4 people per hectare.

Commuters are well served with Oldham having very convenient motorway access approximately 1 1/2 mile of the A627M.

The nearest train station to Oldham is Oldham Werneth and Oldham's nearest airport is Eccles, Barton Aerodrome Airport. Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport is 14 miles, Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 14 miles and Eccles Airport is 13 miles away.

Oldham, Royal Oldham is a relatively close hospital.

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How do we get affordable conveyancing?

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The confusion over this point catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unread by preoccupied home owners Applicable disbursements should be included on your conveyancing quote

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How early is it appropriate to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to act on our purchase?

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If you choose a conveyancing solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, earlier is preferable, as there are several tasks that may be performed straight away. Instructing your solicitor sooner for a purchase allows you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties).

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My local agent has put forward the solicitor that they have used before. Do I need to instruct them?

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Agent referrals are a commonplace route for buyers to find a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, there is a risk that an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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With a property ready to buy , can we aim for fast conveyancing?

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Instructing a proactive lawyer is essential to fast Oldham conveyancing. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

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Is a chancel repair liability search a disbursement or fee?

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Comparing quotes is not always straightforward, given the various definitions different firms use to describe the same thing. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on at cost.

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How long should conveyancing legal work usually require, on average? We have a buyer ready.

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The length of time needed to sell or purchase a residence does vary. This is influenced by a number of legal considerations such as if the lender requires specific searches. With Homeward Legal's Oldham property experts, every purchase receives communicative and proactive service, resulting in the fastest possible outcome.

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Would you recommend that we get a chancel liability search? I am buying near a church built in the 16th Century in Oldham.

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The outcome of Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must pay for church repairs. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Church lands in this area include St Thomas Leesfield, Parish of Leesfield, St Thomas, Saint James's Church, Barry Street and St Paul.

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If I plan to purchase near Oldham, in the parish of Oldham, do we need a chancel search?

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A solicitor could recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

 
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