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Conveyancing in Oxfordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Oxfordshire key data:

Kidlington, Oxford Airport is 6 miles from Oxfordshire. Turweston Aerodrome Airport is 20 miles, Kidlington Airport is 6 miles and Booker Airport is 22 miles away. The nearest station to Oxfordshire is Oxford, about a mile away.

The closest hospital to Oxfordshire is Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford.

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What will the overall charge be on the sale of a £640k home? I am looking for affordable conveyancing in Oxfordshire.

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Several firms advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement.

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When is it wise to arrange a solicitor?

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Generally, the sooner you instruct a firm, the better. Instructing your solicitor earlier for a purchase can mean that your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.

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Are any of the conservation areas in Oxfordshire are at risk?

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An up-to-date estimation of the state of conservation areas in Oxfordshire is published by English Heritage, and the following information is currently accessible at English Heritage: Banbury Grimsbury is designated as very bad with low vulnerability and deteriorating condition significantly, Bicester is designated as very bad with low vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Cropredy is designated as very bad with low vulnerability and no significant change, Duns Tew is designated as poor with low vulnerability and deteriorating condition, RAF Bicester with Caversfield is designated as very bad with low vulnerability and deteriorating condition significantly, RAF Upper Heyford with Upper Heyford with Ardley is designated as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition.

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Is a building survey sensible when buying property in Oxfordshire?

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We advise that the majority of buyers arrange a home surveyor. There can be a wide range of defects which have a negative impact on a property, which will not be covered by the legal work. These include cracks in walls or cracked roof tiles.

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What designated conservation areas are there in Oxfordshire?

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Buyers in Oxfordshire should be aware of several local conservation areas. Banbury Grimsbury, Bicester and Cropredy are among the conservation areas in Oxfordshire. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place for affected areas in Oxfordshire.

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If I plan to purchase near Oxfordshire, in the parish of Shelswell, do we need a chancel search?

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The property lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be taken out. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have exercised their right to charge chancel repairs on the current owners, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not continue to be so. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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I have taken out a quote from you. Will we be charged any additional costs when the transaction completes?

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No. We never hide any extra, hidden fees for standard conveyancing. Some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

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Which local authority is responsible for Oxfordshire?

  • Oxfordshire intersects with the following local authorities: Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4AA, Call: 01295 227 001
  • London Borough of Brent Council, One Stop Service, Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, HA9 9HD, Call: 34 8937 1200
  • Oxford City Council, PO Box 10, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1EN, Call: 01865 249 811
  • South Oxfordshire District Council, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8ED, Call: 01491 823 003
  • South Oxfordshire District Council, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8ED, Call: 01491 823 004
  • West Oxfordshire Council, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX28 1PB, Call: 01993 861420
  • West Oxfordshire District Council, Town Centre Shop, 3 Welch Way, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6JH, Call: 01993 861 000