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Conveyancing in Oldland Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 09/01/18

Oldland data:

Oldland's nearest train station is Keynsham at 2 miles. Bristol Airport is 11 miles from Oldland.

Cossham Bristol is the most convenient hospital.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a £458k property?

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This catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any extra fees which are listed in your solicitor's terms ought to be clearly defined and be applicable solely where your lawyer must complete unanticipated additional work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on the conveyancing quote. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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As a result of the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England I am questioning if property environmental searches aren't thorough enough?

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An experienced Oldland property solicitor will advise you to include flood risk searches if the environmental conveyancing searches identifies any kind of Oldland flooding risk.

You could also try to converse with a local resident for extra local information.

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At what point do we need to speak to a conveyancer?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Oldland, the earlier in the process you can instruct a solicitor, the better. The legal work can then begin immediately. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing solicitor to act for you on your Oldland transaction can reduce any chance of the transaction falling through.

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Which local authority is responsible for Oldland?

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Oldland is located in South Gloucestershire Council, The Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 1HF, contact: 01454 868 009

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Will your conveyancer in Oldland do any property conveyancing searches on the Gloucestershire Regency terraced house I want to buy?

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The conventional conveyancing procedure is to get Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search and occasionally less common searches for example Official Search of Whole or Part without Priority (OS3).

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What can a Oldland conveyancing solicitor advise if the property we are buying is within a South Gloucestershire council conservation area which has out of place new windows added?

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Local authority enquiries conducted by your solicitor should find out whether the property is in a designated conservation area and any evidence of consent for changes to the property will be asked for.

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We are buying on a Oldland ex-industrial use land. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Oldland industry and natural causes can cause soil contamination. Also considering issues such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and water contaminants such as industrial chemicals, contaminants affecting Oldland property will be factored into an environmental search.

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To complete on our leasehold flat purchase ASAP, how can we organise fast legal work?

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Finding a proactive, diligent conveyancer is the key to faster conveyancing. Beyond that, there are a range of tasks you can do, such as, keeping in regular contact with your conveyancer, getting your mortgage offer in place and quickly answering your conveyancer's questions.