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Conveyancing in Sandgate Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/10/17

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.

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

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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

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Does your solicitors company carry out the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in Sandgate?

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Yes - We are very capable working with bidders at auction. Typically unusual auction lots are purchased in auctions which tend to necessitate increased prior to exchange. Solicitors therefore suggest purchasers to appoint a SRA regulated conveyancing company prior to the property auction date to allow adequate time for a full review of the sellers legal pack.

Thereafter, following the auction, your lawyer will need to be prepared for finish the transaction in under 28 days after exchange of contracts as conventionally required by the conditions of sale.

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Which actual property will my lawyer in Sandgate carry out when carrying out the conveyancing for a Sandgate property?

The routine conveyancing procedure will be to obtain these searches - Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search, Environment Search and Coal Mining, and possibly less common searches for example Planning and local information.

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Which environmental factors will contaminate land in Sandgate, and should they be an issue?

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Land in Sandgate could be contaminated by many human activities, like pollution incidents. An environmental search will give more information.

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Which Sandgate lenders do you work with?

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Of lenders with local offices in Sandgate, we in conjunction with most. Sandgate lenders and mortgage specialists include Mortgage Maze, 23 Pelham Gdns, Folkestone, CT20 2LE, Stonebridge Mortgage Services Ltd, 5 Hopgarden Oast/Oast Court, Yalding, Maidstone, ME18 6JX, and Charles Mac, Rose Cottage/Bilsington Rd, Ruckinge, Ashford, TN26 2PD. The property lawyer handling your case should be able to state specific lenders' requirements.

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

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

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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.

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Is top-soil in Sandgate contaminated by barium?

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With the history of industry in parts of Sandgate, topsoil contamination is difficult to avoid. The local authority for Sandgate will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.