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Conveyancing in Penzance Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Local key data:

The closest airport to Penzance is Penzance Airport (1 mile). Lands End Airport is 6 miles away. The nearest station to Penzance is Penzance.

The nearest hospital is West Cornwall Penzance.

Q.

We are looking for low cost conveyancing. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

A.

Many firms purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often additional fees will be included in the small print. Fees should be fair and reasonable. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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The residence in Penzance being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. What should we do regarding tungsten (W) soil contamination?

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Penzance industry, agriculture and the natural environment can cause soil contamination. Also considering issues such as ammonia, contaminants affecting Penzance property will be factored into an environmental search.

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My partner and I are buying in Penzance. How can we establish whether the residence is in a conservation area?

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With 9000 areas of conservation throughout the country, the areas near or within Penzance will include a range of areas of historical or architectural value designated as protected. A property solicitor will address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area and offer more information.

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What can I do to avoid paying SDLT rates?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is due for property sold for over 125,000 pounds. Homeward Legal do not advise purchasers expose their finances to any stamp duty scheme. These schemes are costly and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later. There have been a range of government-sponsored schemes, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas', and your solicitor will advise if these may apply.

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How does purchase conveyancing legal work be so delayed?

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The conveyancing process in Penzance will sometimes be exposed to significant delays. Homeward Legal know how distracting such delays can be and endeavour to minimise the effect of these delays if it can be achieved. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow solicitors acting for the other side.

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Do we need to choose a lawyer referred by our estate agent in Godalming?

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The agent will be able to pressure a law firm to handle your conveyancing they refer a large volume of work to, and can therefore exert pressure on your behalf. These referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

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In Penzance, is soil remediation of contaminated property an option?

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A degree of remediation can often be possible, and a local provider such as Celtic Turf, Carnyorth, St. Just, Penzance, TR19 7QD may be able to provide more detail.

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As a result of the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are thinking that property environmental searches aren't thorough enough?

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Conveyancing searches conducted by your Penzance solicitor should also include a far more in depth search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

In addition, you could get in touch with a local resident to gain further peace of mind.

 
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