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Conveyancing in Scarborough Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Scarborough key data:

The nearest train station to Scarborough is Scarborough and the nearest airport to Scarborough is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Cross Lane Scarborough is a nearby hospital for Scarborough.

Q.

How do we get the best rates for conveyancing in Scarborough for a £388,000 house?

A.

Both high-street and online law firms offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Any additional fees included in terms of engagement needs to be fair and reasonable. They come into force only if your conveyancer is required to complete extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

What can we do to bypass paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty commonly must be paid for purchases over 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty mitigation is not advised, as such schemes are expensive and can be very unlikely to succeed. There have been a range of government initiatives, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'.

Q.

If land is found to be contaminated, can the soil be inexpensively remediated?

A.

Remediation of contaminated land in Scarborough can often be possible. For Scarborough, remediation is often the responsibility of local authorities to arrange. Speak to Fineland Turf, 45 Westfield Av, Scarborough, YO12 6DG for additional information.

Q.

What does fee for conveyancing searches total?

A.

Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Searches are paid out to a 3rd party, and are not included in your solicitor's fees.

Q.

Are purchasers regularly gazumped in Scarborough?

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This takes place when the first purchaser's offer is accepted but then rejected by the house seller, in favour of a greater offer. The risk of gazumping is present in any transaction. You should instruct a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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Is contaminated land in Scarborough a concern?

A.

Property in Scarborough may be contaminated by many environmental concerns, and an environmental search should reveal whether a plot of land could be affected by local contaminants like potentially contaminative use of nearby land and infilled land. Contamination can be caused by local landfill sites, including Flixton Quarry, Filey Road, North Yorkshire, YO11 3JD.

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Has strontium ever contaminated land in Scarborough?

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Policies and legislation are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Metal contamination of topsoil in Scarborough is more likely to occur near disused factories or waste management sites. Data on other contaminants, like fertilisers, will also be included in an environmental search.

Q.

The current owner looks to have added unsuitable stone cladding on the maisonette which I think might possibly contravene Princes Road conservation area rules.

A.

A property solicitor is required to check whether the property is inside a conservation area, and if so, whether any modifications have appropriate permission.

 
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