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Conveyancing in Romney Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/01/18

Local information:

Lydd Airport is 7 miles from Romney. Romney's nearest station is Rye.

The most convenient hospital is West View Tenterden.

Q.

How do we get the best conveyancing rates in Romney for a £582,000 house?

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Many solicitors offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy buyers Additional fees which are listed in terms of engagement needs to be reasonable and only apply in cases where your solicitor must complete additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The quote should state any disbursements to be paid.Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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What steps can we take to avoid paying stamp duty on the purchase?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally due on purchases over 125,000 pounds. Homeward Legal do not recommend home buyers arrange any stamp duty reduction scheme. Such schemes are highly expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed meaning that the full stamp duty amount will then be due.

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Should I get searches for chancel liability if you are buying a flat near a rectory built in the 1200s in Romney?

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Owners of property near to church property in the locality may be required to contribute towards the cost of repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Romney Parochial Church Council enforce liability.

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My local agent has offered a solicitors firm. Is it advisable to use this firm?

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Many agents in Blackley will have a referral arrangement with solicitors whereby they refer conveyancing work to them. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may select whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most suitable for you.

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Is barium (Ba) contamination found in Romney soil?

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Given the region's industrial and agricultural history in parts of Romney, soil contamination is inescapable. The local authority for Romney will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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As a result of the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years recorded were in last 10-12 years we are wondering if conveyancing searches aren't thorough enough?

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The property lawyer in Romney should also get flood searches if the initial search spots a significant risk Romney area flood risk

People sometimes try to also contact a neighbour of the property for some more confidence.

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How do I ascertain whether the Romney conservation area I am buying in is neglected?

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Conservation areas in Romney are set up by the local authority (Richmondshire) who are responsible for conservation area concerns from including things like ugly highway signs, coloured road surfaces and whether trees can be cut down.

English Heritage keep records about the condition of conservation areas in Romney and across England as well as the risk of standards slipping.

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We need to complete this house purchase as soon as possible, can we aim for fast conveyancing in Romney?

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It is well established that instructing a experienced conveyancing solicitor is crucial to faster conveyancing. When finding a suitable a conveyancing solicitor, : Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction. Was there a delay delivering a quote?