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Conveyancing in Rottingdean Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/18

Rottingdean key data:

The nearest airport to Rottingdean is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport (11 miles s). Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles and Shoreham Airport is 11 miles away. Moulsecoomb train station is about 4 miles from Rottingdean.

The most convenient hospital is Nuffield Brighton.

Q.

On the purchase of a £504,000 residence, what will be the fees? We are trying to find an affordable Rottingdean conveyancing quote.

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Lack of clarity over this topic affects many sellers and buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many property lawyers promote theoretically cheap conveyancing. Often additional charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Excited sellers and buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any additional charges should be fair. They be applicable solely where the solicitor must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Are there any areas of conservation in Rottingdean?

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Areas deemed to be of architectural or historic interest, such as 18th century suburbs, will be designated as conservation areas. You may wish to contact the local authority for further information, but your lawyer will address this during the conveyancing process.

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Following recent news about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, I am apprehensive that environmental searches might not be sufficient?

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A Rottingdean property lawyer will carry out environmental searches if the initial searches identifies any kind of Rottingdean flood risk.

You may be able to converse with a local resident to gain more confidence.

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What type of scrutiny concerning the risk and history of flooding in the East Sussex area will a property solicitor in Rottingdean advise us on an Edwardian maisonette we are hoping to buy?

An experienced lawyer makes an application for environmental searches that incorporate Rottingdean area flood risk information. In some cases your property lawyer in Rottingdean may advise a substantially more detailed local Rottingdean flood risk search.

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Does the report on the property's title compiled by the property solicitor in Rottingdean include details of the relevant rates of council tax for a maisonette before completion?

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The lawyer will contact the Lewes local authority to find out the appropriate council tax band and rates, which will be set out in the title report. Up-to-date rates for residents of Rottingdean are tabled online at the Lewes council website. On (07 March 2013) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,097.00
  • Band B - £1,279.00
  • Band C - £1,462.00
  • Band D - £1,645.00
  • Band E - £2,010.00
  • Band F - £2,376.00
  • Band G - £2,741.00
  • Band H - £3,290.00

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Do I need to be concerned about gazumping?

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This occurs when the first purchaser's offer is accepted but then rejected by the seller and then selecting a higher offer. There is almost always a danger of being gazumped. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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Which lenders in Rottingdean do you work with?

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The Homeward Legal partnership work in conjunction with most lenders who are Council of Mortgage Lenders-approved. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Rottingdean, including Pace Kathy Associates, Flat 24 Berriedale House/251-255 Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4HD, Conti Overseas, Sheridan House/Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1DD, and Mortgage World, Westerman Complex/School Rd, Hove, BN3 5HX.

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What will a Rottingdean conveyancing solicitor do if the home we hope to invest in is inside a registered conservation area and has unsympathetic stone cladding fitted?

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Lewes planning authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search carried out by the solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should confirm if the property is in a conservation area and any evidence of consent for additions to the property will be requested.