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Conveyancing in Oxfordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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

Q.

For fast legal work to buy a £203,000 house, what should we do?

A.

Most importantly, buying faster is the key to instruct a communicative solicitor. Additionally, there are a number of things you as the purchaser can also do. These include:

  • contacting your solicitor regularly
  • quickly completing and return any forms
  • ordering a property survey early in the transaction

Q.

In what ways can a Oxfordshire property lawyer advise me on the potential risk of flooding in Oxfordshire?

A.

A necessary component in the legal due diligence process involves the conveyancing solicitor carrying out environmental searches that set out information with regard to Oxfordshire flood risk area. An inexpensive in-depth flood search (most likely a Landmark Database search) will sometimes be suggested by a qualified Oxfordshire property lawyer if in the event that the environmental search highlight a potential flood risk to the property.

Q.

The internet has plenty of helpful books going into great depth on how to do DIY conveyancing. That being the case, do I have to use property solicitor in Oxfordshire for my move?

A.

There are no arguments why a home seller cant adopt a DIY approach and conduct your own conveyancing without a trained Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor. However, a property lawyer handles a huge number of functions e.g. chasing any missing replies/clarifications to enquiries and investigating title documents some of which require the relevant training. Even more importantly do it yourself conveyancers take huge risks in operating without the appropriate professional indemnity insurance which qualified lawyers are bound to carry.

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What designated conservation areas are there in Oxfordshire?

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Is contaminated land a problem for the majority of residential properties in Oxfordshire?

A.

Several contaminants may potentially impair property in Oxfordshire, and factors like hazardous and regulated installations should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

Q.

Which Oxfordshire lender panels are your solicitors on?

A.

The Homeward Legal group can work beside many lenders who are Council of Mortgage Lenders-approved. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Oxfordshire, such as Assist Mortgages, 4 Price's Way, Brackley, NN13 6NR, 1st Call 4 Mortgages Llp, 78 Hilmanton, Lower Earley, Reading, RG6 4HN, and Allum Scott Mortgages Ltd, Havenwell/North Rd, Widmer End, High Wycombe, HP15 6ND.

 
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