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Conveyancing in Sherwood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

The nearest airport to Sherwood is Tollerton, Nottingham City Airport (5 miles). East Midlands Airport is 13 miles, Tollerton Airport is 6 miles and Gamston Airport is 23 miles away. The nearest station to Sherwood is Bulwell, about 2 miles away.

Nottingham City is a nearby hospital for Sherwood.

Q.

How do I find a cheap solicitor quote to own a house?

A.

Many solicitors claim to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unread by preoccupied property buyers and sellers Any disbursements must also be stated on the quote Fees needs to be fair and clearly defined and only apply in cases where the lawyer is required to complete extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

With a freehold property ready to buy, and no chain, how can we ensure a fast conveyancing process?

A.

The key to a fast completion is to employing a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor. When finding a conveyancing solicitor, you should ask yourself the following: Was there a delay delivering a quote? Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed. Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction.

Q.

What sort of local authority searches in connection with the uncertain risk of a flood in the Nottinghamshire area will my Sherwood property solicitor actually carry out?

A.

An essential part of the legal procedure of purchasing a property involves your solicitor applying for environmental searches that offer information with respect to Sherwood historical flood risk.

Q.

Will a report on the property's title prepared by the Sherwood conveyancer report on the rates of the council tax on a maisonette before exchanging contracts?

The conveyancer will speak to the Nottingham local authority to enquire about the appropriate council tax band and rates, which should then be included in the conveyancing report on title.

The correct charges for residents of Sherwood are set out on the Nottingham council website. At the time of writing, 16 September 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,076.00
  • Band B - £1,255.00
  • Band C - £1,434.00
  • Band D - £1,614.00
  • Band E - £1,972.00
  • Band F - £2,331.00
  • Band G - £2,689.00
  • Band H - £3,227.00

Q.

The property being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like aluminium (Al)?

A.

There are legislative rules in place in order to limit soil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include water contaminants such as landfill leachate and perchlorate.

Q.

We are intending to buy in Sherwood, and need to know if there are any designated conservation areas.

A.

Areas considered to be of historical or architectural value, like fishing villages, may be designated as conservation areas. You may wish to contact the council for more information, but your conveyancing solicitor will investigate this in detail during the property transaction.

Q.

I am intending to purchase a residence in Apesthorpe. Is a chancel search appropriate?

A.

A conveyancer might recommend a chancel search, whichever parish where the house being bought is found. In Sherwood's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a house where parish councils may have not done so in the past. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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In respect to the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands I am anxious that property environmental searches aren't thorough enough?

A.

A good Sherwood property solicitor will include conveyancing and environmental searches (Landmark search) if the standard search spots a Sherwood flood risk area data

It is not uncommon for buyers to also get in touch with a future neighbour for additional further insight.

 
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