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Conveyancing in Otford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/01/18

Otford data:

Commuters are well served with Otford ideally situated with excellent motorway access roughly 2 miles off the M26.

Otford's nearest train station is Otford. The nearest airport to Otford is London Biggin Hill Airport (7 miles). London City Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Rochester Airport is 14 miles and away.

The closest hospital is Sevenoaks.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £742,000 house? We need low cost conveyancing.

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many homeowners, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many property lawyers purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately additional fees are often hiding in small print. Costs should be fair. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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How look for ascertain whether the conservation area is in a poor state?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have created a detailed list about the state of conservation areas along with the trend. Local Otford conservation areas are designated by the local Sevenoaks planning authority, who administer conservation area concerns from including things like poorly maintained pavements, non sympathetic doors and upkeep of paths.

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What makes Otford purchase conveyancing to take so long? We had several delays with our previous solicitor.

A.

The legal work needed to sell or purchase property may experience many unexpected delays. Homeward Legal strive to diminish their impact wherever reasonable by driving the sale or purchase forward.

Q.

Is your panel of solicitors experienced enough to complete within 28 days of exchange on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Otford?

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In fact we specialise in auctions and often act for sellers at auction. It is sensible to formally appoint a good lawyer

as ahead of time as possible to allow sufficient time for a full investigation of the auction pack well in advance of the property auction date.

Post actual auction you and the property conveyancing lawyer should be ready for quickly finish all of the legal work within 28 days after exchange, a requirement of terms of sale.

Q.

We plan to purchase a rectory in Tenterden. Will it be necessary to get a chancel search?

A.

Your conveyancer may suggest a chancel search. Although some parish councils have opted to exact chancel repairs on the current owners, there is no way to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will remain liability-free for new owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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We need to complete this property purchase as soon as possible, can we get a fast conveyancing transaction?

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Firstly, finding a communicative lawyer is essential to buying faster. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Will they order searches immediately?

Q.

What can a Otford property solicitor advise if the building I hope to invest in is situated in a conservation area in Sevenoaks which has unsanctioned dormer windows fitted?

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The local authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search carried out by your solicitor as part of the conveyancing should determine if the property is in a designated conservation area and evidence of local authority approval for additions to the property will be asked for.

Q.

Is it prudent to take care of the DIY conveyancing ourselves.

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There is no argument why a buyer cant opt to take care of the bulk of the your own conveyancing without the help of an expert Otford conveyancing solicitor.

The truth is however that a lawyer juggles a significant number of actions including chasing mortgage offer or handling retentions many of which are better done by someone with training.

Above all else DIY conveyancers are taking risks without the correct indemnity cover which qualified legal firms always carry.