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Conveyancing in Rochester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

Rochester travel information:

As reported in the 2011 national census Rochester has a residential population 607,143 spread over an area of 99,452 hectares (245,751 acres) which equals a residential population density 6.1 people per hectare or 2.5 per acre.

Strood Kent station is approximately 1 mile from Rochester and Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport is 3 miles from Rochester. London City Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 15 miles, Rochester Airport is 3 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 21 mile away.

Rochester is around a mile and a half of the M2 junction entry 2 Eastbound.

The nearest hospital to Rochester is St Bartholomews Chatham.

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There are lots of 'cheap' offers, but how do we find a good one? We are looking for affordable conveyancing in Rochester.

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This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees will be included in small print which buyers may have not read carefully Additional costs listed in the small print needs to be reasonable and clear.

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How much does my searches be?

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The cost of conveyancing searches can vary significantly, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. In Rochester, the standard bundle of searches included a local authority search.

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The residence in Rochester being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Is barium soil contamination likely?

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Rochester and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as industrial storage.

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Do we need a chancel search if I plan to purchase in the parish of Sevington?

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A property lawyer could recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the property being purchased is located. In older areas of Rochester, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. For property in the parish of Sevington, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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What sort of inquiry as respects the risk of local flooding in Kent will a conveyancer in Rochester report on?

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A key component in the legal procedure involves the solicitor carrying out environmental searches that set out detail about the potential Rochester flood risk area. Furthermore a solicitor in Rochester may possibly propose a more detailed local Rochester flood risk search.

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Is it recommended that we get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Rochester house close to a church constructed in the 1200s.

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Property owners proximate to nearby church property are expected to fund repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Ecclesiastical properties in the area where a chancel search may be necessary include Borstal St Matthew, Cathedral, St Justus and St Margaret.

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How long will conveyancing to sell a home generally take, on average?

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The amount of time taken to transact a residence varies, affected by potentially many legal considerations. With Homeward Legal's Rochester property experts, your sale or purchase receives communicative and proactive service, resulting in the fastest possible outcome.

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What can I do to bypass paying for stamp duty?

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SDLT commonly must be paid on homes over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Homeward Legal do not advise home buyers risk any stamp duty scheme, because these schemes are costly and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty amount may be due.