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Conveyancing in Portishead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/10/17

Portishead information:

Portishead is around 2m of the M5 junction entry 19 Southbound.

The nearest airport to Portishead is Bristol Airport (7 miles). and the nearest train station to Portishead is Avonmouth, almost 3 miles away.

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Local Portishead attractions

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Blacknore Point Lighthouse and Clapton-In-Gordano St Michael Churches Conservation Trust are in Portishead.

The most convenient hospital to Portishead is Clevedon.

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I need to find a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a home. as we are on a budget.

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Various solicitors purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately additional fees may be added into the solicitor's terms that homeowners often do not check. Extras which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable. Applicable disbursements ought to be defined on your quote. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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We plan to purchase a residence in Kingsbury Episcopi. Is a chancel search needed?

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Your Portishead conveyancing solicitor might recommend a chancel search, whichever parish where the house being bought is found. Although some church councils have chosen to charge chancel repairs on the owners of affected property, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will not continue to be so, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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We are buying in Portishead on a recently-developed brownfield site. Can the soil still be contaminated?

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Portishead agriculture or industry can cause soil contamination. The local authority for Portishead will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Our purchase will complete on 17th May, what will be determined for stamp duty tax?

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The Stamp Duty that will be due will depend on the valuation. On a £79k residential property, stamp duty will be £0.*

*Correct as of 01/03/2013

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How much can searches on average cost?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, a purchase conveyancing client in Portishead required to pay at most £249 for a standard bundle of searches. These searches are disbursements paid to a third party.

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What does the Portishead property solicitor recommend if the home is within a North Somerset local authority conservation area which has an un-consented windows installed?

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The local authority searches carried out by your Portishead conveyancing solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should check whether the property is inside a designated conservation area and evidence of Coal Authority consent for alterations will be required.

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How do I go about determine whether the Portishead conservation area is at risk?

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Local conservation areas are nominated by the local North Somerset planning authority, who oversee the state of the area including things like neglected buildings, coloured road surfaces and paths. English Heritage, a government body, keep a detailed list in relation to the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the exposure to a worsening of the condition of the area.

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Which local authority is responsible for Portishead?

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Portishead is located in North Somerset District Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston Super Mare, Somerset, BS23 1UJ, contact: 01934 888 888