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Conveyancing in Otford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 09/10/17

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.

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

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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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Which local authority looks after Otford?

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Otford is located in Sevenoaks District Council, Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HG, Call: 01732 227 000

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Is contaminated land in Otford a concern for the majority of homes?

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Residential property could be contaminated by a range of natural causes, like proposed erection of mobile masts or sand or clay quarries. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.

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Is it important that I get a chancel liability search if we are buying in Otford?

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Owners of property neighbouring a medieval church must contribute towards repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including parish archives. Otford churches where a chancel search may be necessary include St Bartholomew.

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What will the charge for our searches come to?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Searches are charged 'at cost'.

Q.

How much time may we account for conveyancing legal work need, according to your estimates?

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In general, the length of time taken to buy or sell a residence varies, with reference to a range of concerns, for example, whether it is a leasehold property being transferred. Nationwide, the average is around ten weeks, we however aim for faster conveyancing, driving the transaction to complete within 6 to 8 weeks.

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May our legal charges hide any additional fees?

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Homeward Legal never charge any hidden extra fees under any circumstances. Some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice.