Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
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If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
I am taking out a mortgage in Saltdean with Derbyshire Building Society - is there anything I need to know?
Recently, a number of lenders have limited the firms who can act for them. This can mean higher conveyancing costs for buyers. We can act on behalf of most mortgage lenders.
Where do I go about check whether the conservation area is not being properly maintained?
Conservation areas in Saltdean are set up by Lewes who are responsible for conservation area concerns from including things like street clutter, the painting of houses and property boundaries. English Heritage have created records in relation to the condition of conservation areas in addition to the risk of deterioration.
What due diligence as respects the risk of a flood around East Sussex will a Saltdean conveyancer advise us on?
A key part of the legal due diligence procedure involves your solicitor conducting environmental searches that give certain details about the risk of flooding in Saltdean.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
Is contaminated land in Saltdean a problem?
A broad range of contaminants caused by environmental factors may affect land, and an environmental search should reveal whether a specific plot of land is impacted by Saltdean contaminants like coal mining and existing and proposed overhead electricity cables.