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Conveyancing in Portland Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/01/18

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.

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.

Do you have fast solicitors that deal with the conveyancing of property auction properties in Portland?

A.

We are familiar with sellers at auction. Conveyancers always advocate bidders to appoint an affordable lawyer well before the day of the auction to allow sufficient time for a thorough investigation of the lot. Subsequently, following

the property auction date, your lawyer must be prepared for conclude the legal side of things in under the 4 week time frame as typically required by the standard auction conditions.

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.

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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?

A.

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.

Q.

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

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

Q.

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

A.

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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Do we need a surveyor to examine our house purchase?

A.

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.