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Conveyancing in Preston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Preston -

By road: Preston is served by the M6, M55, M61, M65, A6 and A59. By rail: The nearest train station is Preston. By air: The nearest airports to Preston by road are Blackpool Airport (16 miles), City Airport and Heliport (33 miles), Manchester Airport (45 miles), and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (46 miles).

Hospital: Royal Preston, Sharoe Green Lane North, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT. Council: Preston City Council (www.preston.gov.uk).

Attractions: Preston Covered Market, Hoghton Tower, Ribble Steam Railway, Avenham Park, Lancashire Infantry Museum, and National Football Museum.

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How do we assign a cheap solicitor for purchasing a property on the outskirts of Preston?

Offers of ‘the cheapest conveyancing quotes’ may not be all they appear with a number of firms, because there are frequently extra costs mentioned in the small print of the terms of engagement. As such, these aren’t quotes but estimates, to which the firm can’t be held. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer a clear statement of all your legal fees and disbursements for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

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Is it advisable to get searches for chancel liability if we are buying a home next to rectory land in Preston?

As a result of chancel repair liability, the current owners of property in Preston (once owned by 'lay rectors') can be legally responsible for maintenance of a local church. As a result of the Land Registration Act 2002, interest of the Parochial Councils over any affected land had to be registered. This makes it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Your solicitor should be able to advise you on the situation with your property and whether you need to take out insurance. Churches in the Preston area, which may give rise to chancel liability, include:

  • St. Andrew’s, 240 Tulketh Road, Preston, PR2 1ES
  • All Saints, Elizabeth Street, Preston, PR1 2RX
  • St. Martin’s. Broadway, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9TH
  • St. Stephen’s, Bird Street, Broadgate, Preston, PR1 8DY
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Do your property lawyers at Homeward Legal get involved in the conveyancing for residential property auction properties in Preston?

Homeward Legal’s solicitors are experts in conveyancing for sales and purchases at property auctions both local and national. Speed of process is facilitated by the shrewd appointment of the conveyancer as early as possible and well in advance of the auction day. This allows the solicitor to review all the legal documentation so that, post-auction, they are already ahead of the game to complete quickly. Give us a call at 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs further and to obtain a fixed-fee quote.

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How soon do I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to handle our purchase of a mid-terrace cottage?

In the majority of situations, the prevailing wisdom should be that you appoint your property lawyer as soon as you can. Instructing your solicitor promptly can limit the risk of your transaction aborting, while also ensuring they are in a better position to complete early so you can move in to your home as soon as possible. Use the quote calculator or contact the Homeward Legal team for a fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Which of the mortgage lender panels in Preston are Homeward Legal on?

Most lenders and brokers, who have offices in and around Preston, are on our panels, and Homeward Legal work with the large majority of them. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Preston include:

  • Cumberland Building Society, 90 Fishergate, Preston, PR1 2NJ
  • Co-operative Bank PLC, 147 Church Street, Preston, PR1 3UD
  • Furness Building Society, 8 Lune Street, Preston, PR1 2YX.

Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more information.

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We want to exchange contracts quickly on a share of a freehold flat in Preston inside 2 months. Are you fast conveyancing solicitors?

Typically house-moving law firms are laidback in their approach to dealing with the conveyancing work, which usually adds huge aggravation to you. Homeward Legal are different: We use new information technology and systems, integrated with bodies such as the local county and civic authorities and HMRC, which improve the speed of the fact-finding process. Homeward Legal also allocates customers a Conveyancing Quality Scheme solicitor, who is practised at communicating with all parties in the buyer and seller property chain, including leaseholders, to achieve a quick completion. With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Why not contact us for more information?

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If contaminated land is found in a Preston environmental search, can the soil be cleaned up cheaply?

Contaminated soil is likely to be a problem in and around Preston because of the history of industrial usage in the area. However, some degree of remediation may be possible. For additional information, contact an expert (e.g.):

  • QTS Group Preston, 2A South Preston Office Village, Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6BL
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What can we do to bypass paying for the stamp duty on our Preston property?

Stamp duty is due for properties purchased at a price over £125,000. While we are aware of a number of schemes that purport to help you avoid paying the duty, Homeward Legal strongly advises purchasers not to get involved with any stamp duty mitigation scheme. These schemes are highly expensive and, if challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in addition to the tax itself up to six years after you moved in to your house. There have been a range of government-sponsored schemes, however, which might offer you something. Your solicitor should be able to advise you what legitimate schemes are in place by the government and whether your circumstances indicate eligibility to take advantage of them.

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If contaminated land is found in an Preston environmental search, can the soil be cleaned up cheaply?

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Some degree of remediation may be possible. For additional information, contact QTS, Roach Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0RB.

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How is contaminated land in Preston identified?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by natural causes may affect residential property in Preston, like pollution incidents and landfill sites. An environmental search can provide much more clarity.

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The agent has put forward a law firm who they generally use. Will it be faster to instruct this solicitor?

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It is not uncommon for agents in Swinton to refer a solicitor, however, these referrals need to be considered carefully, as an agent may decide to recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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Which local authority is responsible for Preston?

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Preston is located in Preston City Council, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL, contact: 01772 906 900

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Could our legal fees introduce any additional costs?

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We never hide any hidden extra fees under any circumstances. You Preston conveyancing quote is an accurate price the legal costs for your transaction.

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Do your property lawyers get involved in the conveyancing for residential property auction properties in Preston?

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We are accustomed to working with bidders at auction. Our panel of property solicitors have been instructed by numerous successful bidders at local Preston residential property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Experienced auction buyers always formally instruct an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible to allow adequate time for a review of the legal documents prior to the auction day arrives.

Immediately following the property auction a property conveyancing lawyer is ready for get through the purchase in under 4 weeks as typically required by the terms and conditions of sale.

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How can I find if any of the designated Preston conservation areas are in a poor state?

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An up-to-date appraisal of the state of repair of conservation areas in Preston is noted by English Heritage and this areas and information are viewable at the English Heritage website- Fishergate Hill with Preston is recorded as poor with low vulnerability and deteriorating. Tel: 01772 906598 for more information.