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Conveyancing in Sandgate Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Local key data:

Sandgate is roughly a mile and a half of the M20 junction entry 12 Westbound.

Folkestone West station is about a mile from Sandgate. Sandgate's nearest airport is Lydd Airport. Manston Airport is 22 miles and away.

The nearest hospital for Sandgate is Hythe, St Saviour's.

Q.

I need the cheapest conveyancing solicitors. What do we need to consider?

A.

Several solicitors advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Extra fees included in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable and clear. Any disbursements to be paid should be included on the quote

Q.

Our estate agent has offered a property solicitor. Should I use this firm?

A.

Your London Colney agent may refer a law firm. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Might the legal fees include any extra costs?

A.

No. Homeward Legal do not charge any additional costs to buy or sell a property.

Q.

What type of environmental searches as respects the risk of flooding at Kent will a Sandgate conveyancing solicitor be able to carry out?

A.

A critical part of the conveyancing protocol involves a lawyer applying for environmental searches that go in some details with regard to Sandgate area flood risk. In addition the conveyancing solicitor in Sandgate might propose a substantially more in-depth search.

Q.

As a consequence of the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall in the future we are questioning if conveyancing searches won't be detailed enough?

A.

Environmental searches carried out by your property solicitor in Sandgate will also include a more thorough flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are still nervous why not make enquiries with a neighbour of the property.

Q.

How much time may be planned for conveyancing take, according to your estimates?

A.

In general, the amount of time taken to sell or purchase a house does vary, affected by potentially many considerations including if management information is required. Homeward Legal solicitors strive to ensure your transaction is undertaken with the utmost care and speed.

Q.

Will my Sandgate conveyancing solicitor in form me about the cost of the council tax on a Band C house prior to exchanging contracts?

A.

The conveyancer will write to the relevant Shepway local authority to ascertain the current council tax charges which will subsequently be detailed in the title report. The correct rates for homes in Sandgate are set out in detail on the Shepway local authority website. At the time of writing, 16 November 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,025.00
  • Band B - £1,196.00
  • Band C - £1,367.00
  • Band D - £1,538.00
  • Band E - £1,879.00
  • Band F - £2,221.00
  • Band G - £2,563.00
  • Band H - £3,075.00

Q.

The purchase is completing next March. What will be assessed for stamp duty?

A.

The Stamp Duty which will be owed is calculated with reference to the valuation. It will be £8430 on a £281000 residential property (source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, January 2013).

 
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