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Conveyancing in Seaford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Local information:

Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport is 18 miles from Seaford. Seaford's closest train station is Seaford Sussex at 1 mile s.

The nearest hospital is Eastbourne District General.


Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £383,000 residence? We are looking for affordable conveyancing in Seaford.


This topic catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs may inflate your final invoice. Additional costs listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable and clear. A quote must also state any disbursements.Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.


Does the property report prepared by the conveyancing solicitor in Seaford advise me on the rates of the council tax on an apartment prior to completing on the purchase?


The conveyancer will consult with the council to reveal the latest council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be set out in the conveyancer's title report.

The latest council tax rates for Seaford are set out in detail online at the Lewes local authority site. As of 14 August 2012 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,097.00
  • Band B - £1,279.00
  • Band C - £1,462.00
  • Band D - £1,645.00
  • Band E - £2,010.00
  • Band F - £2,376.00
  • Band G - £2,741.00
  • Band H - £3,290.00


We are going to buy a sixties house in a conservation area. How does one locate information in respect of the standard of upkeep?

Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together a list in relation to the condition of conservation areas in Seaford and throughout England in addition to the vulnerability to deterioration. Conservation areas in Seaford are designated by Lewes who govern everything from upkeep of paths to the deterrence of billboards.


Apparently, uranium (U) soil contamination may be an issue in Seaford. Can you advise?


Most soils in Seaford have some degree of contamination, from industrial or agricultural. Metal contamination of soil in Seaford is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like water contaminants such as phenols and ammonia, will also be included in an environmental search.


Our lender will be the Co-operative Bank, what will I need to consider?


In some cases, lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. We are able to act on behalf of many lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.


We are purchasing a £209k Seaford property. What will be worked out for stamp duty tax?


The Stamp Duty you will owe is based on the purchase price. It is £2090 on a £209k home.*

*(Source - www.gov.uk, 01/02/2013)


Which mortgage lenders in Seaford do you work with?


Our solicitors have experience working with the majority of lenders assisting Seaford home purchasers. Seaford lenders and mortgage specialists include N R G, 318 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7RH, Independent Solutions, 8 South St, Eastbourne, BN21 4XF, and Finance Planning Ltd, 87 High St, Uckfield, TN22 1RJ.


Are your recommend solicitors geared up for very fast completions on the conveyancing for auction properties in Seaford?


Yes - We specialise in auctions and do frequently take instructions from bidders at auction. It is highly recommended to pick a suitable property conveyancing lawyer as soon as they can so there is time for a title report of the legal pack before the date of the auction.

Subsequently, immediately after the actual auction a property lawyer needs to be able to concentrate on finish the purchase within a month, a requirement of conditions of sale.