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Conveyancing in Portland Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

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.

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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.

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We are buying with Saffron Building Society - what will I need to know?

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When purchasing with a mortgage, the lender will require legal work to be carried out. Recently, a number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', resulting in increased conveyancing costs for purchasers in cases where the conveyancing solicitor cannot act for their lender, and another must also be instructed. We are able to act for all major lenders so that you will not be required to pay your lender's legal costs.

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Do we need a surveyor to examine our house purchase?

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We strongly recommend that you arrange a home surveyor if buying in Portland. It is a fact that there are a range of defects that affect a property, which a conveyancing solicitor will not report on. These can include cavity wall tie failure or subsidence.

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Would the property's fixtures and fittings form list things such as chairs?

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In the main, there is not a strict definition of fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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Our estate agent has referred a conveyancing solicitor. Will it be faster to instruct them?

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Estate agent referrals are a common way to find a solicitor. However, if they are paid a referral fee, some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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What will the Portland property lawyer do when the house we are buying is situated in a local authority conservation area and has unsuitable window frames fitted?

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Weymouth and Portland local authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by the solicitor as part of the conveyancing should see if the Portland property a conservation area proof of authorisation for alterations will be asked for.

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What type of local checks in connection with the risk and history of local flooding in the Dorset area will the Portland lawyer apply for a residential home we are going to buy?

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The conveyancer will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches, which include Portland flood risk data. Additionally your Portland property lawyer may possibly advocate a significantly more flood search.

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

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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.