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Conveyancing in Pontefract Q & A's

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Updated: 21/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Pontefract -

By road: Pontefract is served by the M62, A1(M), A1, A628 and A645. By rail: The train stations in are Pontefract Monkhill, Pontefract Tanshelf, and Pontefract Baghill.

By air: Pontefract is closest to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (26 miles), Leeds Bradford Airport (27), and Humberside Airport (50 miles).

Hospital: Pontefract, Friarwood Lane, Pontefract, WF8 1PL. Council: Wakefield (www.wakefield.gov.uk).

Attractions: Pontefract Castle, Frickley Park, Pontefract Museum, and Pontefract Racecourse.

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What are the reasons why sale-conveyancing work takes such a long time in Pontefract?

The legal work involved in buying or selling Pontefract property can suffer all manner of setbacks, many preventable, others unpredictable. Homeward Legal seeks to minimise the burden of these delays wherever feasible by using fast search providers, and employing solicitors incentivised to finish all the conveyancing tasks as fast as possible without compromising on the quality of service. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699. All our quotes are backed up with a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Is gazumping common in Pontefract?

Gazumping happens when a house-seller accepts an offer, only to reject it in favour of a second buyer's higher offer. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining housing market, there will always be a risk. Homeward Legal’s advice is that you should instruct a proactive solicitor as early as possible to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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Do we need to be concerned about 'fixtures and fittings'?

There is no absolute definition of the terms ‘fixtures’ and ‘fittings’, potentially leading to frustration after a sale completes and the previous owner has taken certain items with them that were assumed to be remaining at the property. Unfortunately, completion or agreement of a ‘fixtures and fittings’ form is often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopardise the transaction.

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Pontefract property lawyers carry out formal conveyancing searches when instructed to act for a purchase client; but what are these searches?

When obtaining a mortgage, the lender will insist that at least the following searches are ordered: a Local Authority Search; a Water and Drainage Search (Con29DW); and an Environmental Search. Dependant on the location and type of your property, less common searches may possibly be required, which might include Commons Registration (CON290).

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Accord Mortgages Ltd. is going to be our lender for our semi-detached house in Pontefract; what do I need to be aware of?

Almost all solicitors used to be able to perform legal work for both buyers and mortgage lenders. In recent years, though, some lenders have reduced the number of legal firms on their approved panel, which may result in increased conveyancing costs for buyers as they pass on their legal costs. Homeward Legal, though, will still be able act on behalf of many lenders in the UK, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum. Give our waiting team of experts a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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What will the searches cost for the purchase of a terraced house in Pontefract?

With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, clients are required to pay at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Less common searches, used in addition to a standard bundle, include a British waterways search. These are disbursements, which will be passed on to you at cost.

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How long should the legal work to buy a home in Pontefract need, in your experience? We have already found a buyer.

For most property in Pontefract, the length of time needed to buy or sell residential property can vary considerably. This is dependent on numerous considerations, such as whether a property is leasehold or freehold. With our Pontefract property specialists at Homeward Legal, every sale receives a highly communicative and proactive service, resulting in the fastest possible outcome. Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for

your fixed-fee quote protected by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee? Or try our online quote calculator.

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What is the council tax on a residential converted building in Pontefract?

Normally, a conveyancer's title report will include the relevant Wakefield council tax band and associated rate (with a pro rata value dependant on where the transaction takes place in the tax year). The latest tax charges for residents of Pontefract are tabled online at the Wakefield council website, a link to which appears in the information at the head of these FAQs. For the 2017/2018 tax year, Pontefract residents were charged:

  • Band A - £986.59
  • Band B - £1,551.01
  • Band C - £1,315.45
  • Band D - £1,479.89
  • Band E - £1,808.74
  • Band F - £2,137.61
  • Band G - £2,466.47
  • Band H - £2,959.77

Retrieved on 18 April 2017

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What does a Pontefract property solicitor advise if the property I hope to purchase is situated in a Wakefield planning authority conservation area which has unauthorised cladding installed?

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The local authority searches carried out by your Pontefract conveyancing solicitor in the process of the conveyancing will see if the Pontefract property a conservation area and evidence of formal approval for additions to the property will be asked for.

Should no necessary permissions be produced, your solicitor will give you professional advice on the options e.g. taking out an indemnity insurance or requesting retrospective consent from Wakefield council.

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Is Homeward Legal able to very fast completions on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Pontefract?

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Indeed we work with auctioneers throughout Yorkshire, West Riding and commonly do the legal conveyancing auction buyers and sellers. Our panel of solicitors and conveyancers have in the past acted for numerous successful bidders at regional property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Savvy bidders tend to formally instruct an affordable conveyancing firm as quickly as they can to give enough time for a full investigation of the legal papers for the lot before the day of bidding.

Post auction, your lawyer must be focused on finalise the conveyancing process inside 4 weeks as typically required by the terms and conditions of sale.

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What is the council tax on a residential converted building in Pontefract?

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Normally a conveyancer's title report will include the relevant Wakefield council tax band.

The latest tax charges for residents of Pontefract are tabled online at the Wakefield council website. Currently on 06/12/2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £872.00
  • Band B - £1,017.00
  • Band C - £1,162.00
  • Band D - £1,308.00
  • Band E - £1,598.00
  • Band F - £1,889.00
  • Band G - £2,179.00
  • Band H - £2,615.00

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Are there any designated conservation areas in Pontefract?

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There are a number of conservation areas around Pontefract. A solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have and be able to offer more information for conservation areas in Pontefract.

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What will searches cost?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, conveyancing clients are required to pay at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Less common searches, used in addition to a standard bundle, include a British waterways search.

Q.

What length of time should the legal work to buy a home need, in your experience? We have already found a buyer.

A.

For most property in Pontefract, the length of time needed to buy or sell residential property can vary. This is dependent on numerous considerations. These could include if a property is leasehold or freehold. With our Pontefract property specialists, every sale receives communicative and proactive service, resulting in the fastest possible outcome.

Q.

What are the reasons why sale conveyancing work takes such a long time?

A.

The legal work involved in buying or selling Pontefract property can suffer all manner of setbacks. Homeward Legal seek to minimise the burden of these delays wherever feasible by using fast search providers.