May the legal charges take into account any additional costs?
No. Homeward Legal never charge any hidden extra costs for conveyancing in Sedbergh. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.
The Sedbergh property being bought is on a ex-industrial site. Is the soil possibly contaminated by waste minerals like beryllium?
Sedbergh industrial or agricultural can cause top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including water contaminants such as household chemicals and disinfection by-products.
Do I need to get a home buyers survey?
Homeward Legal firmly recommend that most Sedbergh buyers book a property surveyor to perform a survey when you plan to buy in Sedbergh. There can be many concerns that have a negative impact on a property, that a lender's valuation survey, for example, will not cover, which include roof spread.
Property conveyancing searches are standard procedure but when one considers current events such as the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England are they comfort enough to advise on sufficient information about the Sedbergh flood risk area?
Conveyancing and environmental searches conducted by a Sedbergh property solicitor will include the far more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.
If you are still concerned why not contact a close neighbour.
What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
How do we guard against being gazumped?
Gazumping describes circumstances where a property owner accepts the 1st purchaser's offer and then rejects it, selecting instead another purchaser's offer. Though being gazumped is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a chance. You should instruct a conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of gazumping.
What kind of conveyancing searches in relation to the uncertain risk of a flood in Cumbria will my property solicitor in Sedbergh actually conduct?
A crucial step in the legal process involved in buying a home involves the solicitor carrying out environmental searches that give certain details regarding Sedbergh area flood risk. Depending on the results, a Sedbergh conveyancing solicitor will often suggest a significantly more involved flood risk search.