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Conveyancing in Portland Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

Portland area information

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Castle English Heritage and Portland St George Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Portland.

The closest airport to Portland is Bournemouth International Airport. The nearest train station to Portland is Weymouth.

The nearest hospital to Portland is Portland Castletown.

Q.

I need to find a cheap solicitor quote for selling a freehold home. How do I get a quote?

A.

Various solicitors claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Chargeswhich are listed in terms and conditions needs to be fair and reasonable and be applicable if your conveyancer must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are selling.

Q.

When in the conveyancing process do we need to instruct a solicitor in Portland?

A.

With few exceptions, the earlier, the better. The legal work can then commence immediately. Instructing your solicitor earlier can limit the risk of the sale or purchase aborting.

Q.

Would you advise that we get searches for chancel liability? I am buying a home in Portland.

A.

Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Portland property likely to be affected. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. A solicitor will be able to advise as to whether

a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Portland churches include All Saints w St Peter and St John the Baptist.

Q.

Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Portland, and are they checked for thoroughly?

A.

Several contaminants caused by natural causes can impact property. Contaminants like a proximate telecommunications base station will be reported on in environmental search results. Contamination can be caused by local waste sites, including A R C Ltd, Bumpers Lane, Dorset, DT5 1HY.

Q.

I have been reading about handling the legal work as a buyer of a home - Is it wise to enact the conveyancing myself on my own?

A.

It is possible for you to look after the legal work yourself.

That said, a conveyancer takes care of a large number of assignments including chasing notices/share certificates or communication with the lender many of which really need experience. In any event however, lawyers are required to get acceptable insurance cover to shield you from any negligence.

Q.

How much does our searches cost?

A.

Portland searches ranges in cost. These searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged at cost.

Q.

Will a property report prepared by the Portland property solicitor give details on rates of council tax for a Band C property before exchange of contracts?

A.

The conveyancer will approach the local council to enquire about the up to date council tax band and rates, which will then be set out in the conveyancing report on title. The latest council tax charges for Portland are listed online at the local authority site.

Q.

Our purchase is completing in October, what should be calculated for stamp duty?

A.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax payable will depend on the valuation. For a house valued at £712000, the rate will be £28480.

 
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