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Conveyancing in Otford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

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.

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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We are buying on a former industrial site. What should we do regarding barium (Ba) top-soil contamination?

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Legislation exists to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include water contaminants such as petrol.

Q.

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

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.

How do we protect against getting gazumped?

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This takes place when a house seller accepts a low offer, then refuses it, choosing instead a second purchaser's offer. It could occur even months into a transaction. The risk of getting gazumped is present in any transaction. You should instruct a property solicitor as early as possible to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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

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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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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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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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What will the charge for our searches come to?

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

 
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