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Conveyancing in Salisbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Local travel information:

In reference to the most recent (2011) national census Salisbury's residential population is 232,524 spread over an area of 414,462 acres giving a density of residential population of 0.6 people per acre.

Salisbury's closest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (20 miles). Southampton Airport is 21 mile and away. The closest station to Salisbury is Salisbury.

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Salisbury area info

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Mompesson House National Trust Old Sarum English Heritage and Wilton St Mary Old Church Churches Conservation Trust are in Salisbury.

The closest hospital to Salisbury is Salisbury, District.

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How do we find the best conveyancing rates for a £741k residence?

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Many online and high street law firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees may be added into small print, left unregarded by busy homeowners Extra fees found in terms of engagement ought to be fair and reasonable.

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Which local authority looks after Salisbury?

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Salisbury is located in Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN, Call: 0300 456 0100

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Will my Salisbury property lawyer inform me about the cost of council tax for a Band D property prior to completing on the purchase?

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A solicitor will liaise with the appropriate Wiltshire local council to ascertain the correct council tax rates, which will then be written in the title report. The latest tax rates for residents of Salisbury are published on the Wiltshire local authority website. On, 02 August 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,010.00
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  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,347.00
  • Band D - £1,515.00
  • Band E - £1,852.00
  • Band F - £2,189.00
  • Band G - £2,525.00
  • Band H - £3,031.00

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If my family are buying a Salisbury flat on the same street as a church constructed in the 16th Century, do I need to get a chancel liability search?

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Where land in Salisbury was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise maintenance of local churches. Some names or words such as 'rectory' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Salisbury church properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include St Mark, St Martin, Fisherton Anger St Paul and St Martin.

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Could the costs for our conveyancing incorporate any hidden fees?

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Unfortunately, it is common practice for some firms to hide fees in small print. Homeward Legal's solicitors will not charge any additional costs. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

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How do we get out of paying SDLT?

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Stamp duty reduction should be treated with extreme caution, as such schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed meaning that the full stamp duty amount, interest and additional fines will be imposed.

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What environmental concerns will affect land in Salisbury, and will they be thoroughly investigated?

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Land may have been contaminated by a wide range of factors caused by man and by nature. Issues such as coal mining or military land should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Pensworth Farm, Wiltshire, SP5 2NY, for example, may be a source of local contamination.

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We are buying a 1950s house in a Salisbury conservation area. How do I find data in relation to the standard of upkeep?

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Conservation areas are designated by the local Wiltshire planning authority, who manage everything from area development to ugly shop fronts. English Heritage have created a list in relation to the state of conservation areas as well as the exposure to the area falling into disrepair.

 
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