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Conveyancing in Poundbury Q & A's

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Ask Clarisa a question hl@syntarsus.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Local information:

Poundbury's nearest station is Dorchester West and Poundbury's nearest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (28 miles).

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Local Poundbury attractions

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Max Gate National Trust Winterborne Came St Peter Churches Conservation Trust and Whitcombe Church Churches Conservation Trust are in Poundbury.

The closest hospital for Poundbury is Dorset County Dorchester.

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We need to find a cheap solicitor quote to sell a house. What should be watch out for?

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Many firms purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. However extra costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Costs found in your solicitor's terms ought to be fair.

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I would like to know which Poundbury lenders you work with. Whose panels are your solicitors members of?

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Most lenders in Poundbury are on our solicitors' panels. Poundbury lenders and mortgage specialists include Flexible Mortgage Consultants, Tigers Head House, Rampisham, Dorchester, DT2 0PT, and JAM Mortgages, 3 Dartmeet Ct, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3SH.

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Does the report on title compiled by the solicitor in Poundbury investigate the cost of council tax on a property prior to contracts are exchanged?

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A conveyancer will liaise with the council to enquire about the correct council tax band and rates, which will be included in the title report. Correct charges for properties in Poundbury are tabled at the West Dorset local authority site. At the time of writing (27 June 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,069.00
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  • Band B - £1,247.00
  • Band C - £1,425.00
  • Band D - £1,604.00
  • Band E - £1,960.00
  • Band F - £2,316.00
  • Band G - £2,673.00
  • Band H - £3,207.00

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Which government body looks after for keeping order in the standard of conservation areas in Poundbury?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage administer a list on the state of conservation areas in Poundbury and across England as well as the vulnerability to a worsening of the condition of the area. Conservation areas in Poundbury are specified by West Dorset who preside over conservation area concerns from including things like street clutter, removal of existing windows and what can be demolished.

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Is gazumping usual in Poundbury?

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The convention of choosing to reject an accepted offer on a property after a second buyer has made a better offer is called gazumping. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a chance. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing a conveyancing solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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Which local authority is responsible for Poundbury?

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Poundbury is located in West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, 58- 60 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ, contact: 01305 251 010

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We are buying in Poundbury with Co-operative Bank - what do we need to be aware of?

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Prior to recent changes, it was usually straightforward for solicitors to act for both a buyer and their lender. Recently, a number of lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them, resulting in higher conveyancing costs for purchasers if a second lawyer is required by their lender. Homeward Legal, however, can act for the vast majority of mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay your lender's conveyancing fees.

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Will my legal fees cover any hidden fees?

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No. Our solicitors will not charge any hidden charges whatsoever.

 
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