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Conveyancing in Oxted Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Local data:

The nearest station to Oxted is Oxted. Oxted's closest airport is London Biggin Hill Airport (5 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 25 miles, London City Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 10 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 10 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 24 miles, Rochester Airport is 23 miles and away.

Commuters are well catered for with Oxted enjoying very convenient motorway access close at approximately 3 miles of Junction 6 Westbound of the M25.

North Downs Caterham is a nearby hospital.

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How do we get low cost conveyancing?

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Numerous solicitors claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Your Oxted conveyancing quote should also state any disbursements.The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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I am buying in Oxted. How do I find out whether the property is in a conservation area?

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There are a number of areas of conservation located near Oxted. The local council will provide more details about local areas of conservation, and the lawyer handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.

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At what point do I need to instruct a solicitor to act for us?

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With few exceptions, the sooner the better. A number of sources suggest holding off instruction until a chain is completed, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.

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Will our Oxted lawyer inform me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band B apartment prior to completion?

The lawyer will approach the governing Tandridge local authority to discover the applicable council tax band and rates, which will then be added to the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for homes in Oxted are listed on the Tandridge local authority website. At the time of writing on 20 November 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,042.00
  • Band B - £1,216.00
  • Band C - £1,390.00
  • Band D - £1,563.00
  • Band E - £1,911.00
  • Band F - £2,258.00
  • Band G - £2,605.00
  • Band H - £3,126.00

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How much time should conveyancing legal work take, in your opinion? I need a fast service.

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The number of weeks taken to sell or purchase a residence will vary. This wide range results from numerous considerations such as if the lender requires specific searches. Homeward Legal ensure your move is undertaken as quickly as possible.

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Do property searches need to be carried out?

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These searches are a standardised set of enquiries requested by your conveyancer via specific agencies. Searches are unrelated to a building survey and do not relate to defects such as failed double glazing.

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Would you recommend that we get searches for chancel liability? We are purchasing in Oxted.

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Property owners in Oxted may be subject to chancel repair liability. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Oxted properties is likely to exist. The solicitor performing your conveyancing will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Oxted church properties where a chancel search may be necessary include St Mary's.

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What will the Oxted conveyancing solicitor do when the property is inside the boundary of a registered conservation area and has ill-suited artificial stone cladding added?

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Your property lawyer is required to establish whether the property is within a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have the essential consents from the Tandridge authority.Should no appropriate permissions be available, your Oxted conveyancer will inform you of the best alternative for example getting covered by an indemnity insurance policy or getting retrospective consent from Tandridge council.