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Updated: 15/01/18

Local Ouston attractions

Beamish North of England Open Air Museum English Heritage and Gateshead Shipley Art Gallery Art Gallery are easily accessible from Ouston.

Drivers are well catered for with Ouston ideally situated with very convenient motorway access nearby at around a mile and a half of the A1M Junction 63 Northbound.

The closest station to Ouston is Chester-Le-Street. Ouston's nearest airport is Newcastle Airport.

The closest hospital for Ouston is Washington, Picktree Ln.


I need a cheap solicitor quote to own a home. Can you assist?


This catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs may inflate your solicitor's invoice. Extra fees found in the terms needs to be clearly defined.


What causes purchase conveyancing work to take so long?


The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property can be delayed for a variety of reasons. The causes may regrettably be out of a lawyer's control. Homeward Legal strive to reduce the consequences of these delays whenever possible.


As a consequence of the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England I am anxious that flood risk searches may not be detailed enough?


Property environmental searches applied for by a conveyancer in Ouston should include the far more rigorous search (Landmark) if required.

If you are still concerned you could try to speak to a local resident.


Apparently, nickel soil contamination may be an issue in Ouston. Can you advise?


Considerable measures are taken throughout the local area to rectify soil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Ouston, including local authorities.


I am buying a home, should we have searches carried out?

Conveyancing searches are a set of enquiries ordered by the purchaser's property lawyer through several agencies, such as a coal mining search. Searches are strongly recommended, however they consider issues with the property's title.


I have found many online articles giving details on how to do DIY conveyancing. Do I actually need to spend money on a lawyer in Ouston ?


There are no arguments why a home buyer shouldn't carry out the bulk of the legal and technical work without the help of a trained Ouston lawyer. That said, a conveyancing solicitor handles a huge number of assignments including chasing outstanding papers or identifying conservation area breaches most of which really need a qualified professional.


We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how can we aim for fast conveyancing in Ouston?


Firstly, a fast transaction is key to instruct a proactive property lawyer. You should consider:

  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?


Does the property solicitor in Ouston report back to me about the amount to be paid of the council tax on a Band H building before exchanging contracts?


The conveyancer will liaise with the council to find out the appropriate council tax band and rates, which will be included in the report on title. Correct rates for Ouston are detailed on the Gateshead council site. On (05 February 2013) rates are:

  • Band A - £1,067.00
  • Band B - £1,245.00
  • Band C - £1,422.00
  • Band D - £1,600.00
  • Band E - £1,956.00
  • Band F - £2,311.00
  • Band G - £2,667.00
  • Band H - £3,200.00