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Conveyancing in Robertsbridge Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Local information:

The nearest train station to Robertsbridge is Etchingham, almost 2 miles away. Lydd Airport is 20 miles from Robertsbridge.

Hawkhurst Cranbrook is the nearest hospital to Robertsbridge.

Q.

How do I get a cheap solicitor quote for buying a property?

A.

Confusion over this issue catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many property lawyers promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs will be included in the small print which unwary home owners fail to check. Any additional charges which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable and come into force only if your conveyancer must complete additional work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Our agent has named the firm of solicitors whom they usually use. Do I need to use them?

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Many agents will have a referral arrangement with solicitors where they refer clients to them. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may select the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

What kind of local authority searches in relation to the uncertain risk of floods around East Sussex will the Robertsbridge property solicitor be able to do?

A.

An important component in the legal due diligence procedure carried out when buying a property involves your conveyancing solicitor carrying out conveyancing and environmental searches that go in specific information in relation to Robertsbridge flood risk area data. A substantially more involved set of

searches, such as the Landmark search, will often be recommended by a qualified property solicitor in Robertsbridge, if in the event that the initial searches highlight a potential flood risk to the property.

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What environmental concerns can affect land in Robertsbridge, and are they properly investigated?

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Numerous of contaminants could lessen the value of property in Robertsbridge, such as masts or pylons or proximity to landfill sites. An environmental search can provide much more clarity. Contamination can be caused by Robertsbridge waste sites, including Robertsbridge Gypsum Works, East Sussex, TN32 5LA.

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Which local authority is responsible for Robertsbridge?

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Robertsbridge is located in Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill- on- Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX, contact: 1425 787 878

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If my family are buying in Robertsbridge near a 14th Century 'church furlong', should you get a chancel search?

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Property owners in a neighbourhood near an old church building are expected to contribute towards repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. Parochial Church Councils in Robertsbridge must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. Your conveyancing lawyer will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.

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What is gazumping?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where a property owner accepts a lower offer, then refuses it, choosing instead a higher offer. Although gazumping is less common in a declining market, there will always be a danger. You should instruct a solicitor early to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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Bank of Ireland Mortgages is our mortgage lender - what will I need to know?

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When taking out a mortgage to buy a property, legal work must be undertaken in relation to the mortgage. Buyers should be aware that some lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them, which may result in greater conveyancing costs for house purchasers. We are able to act on behalf of most CML-approved lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

 
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