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Conveyancing in Shortlands Q & A's

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Updated: 17/04/18

Shortlands's nearest train station is Kemsley at 2 miles. The nearest airport to Shortlands is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport (10 miles). London Airport is 16 miles and Rochester Airport is 11 miles away.

Sittingbourne is the closest hospital to Shortlands.

Q.

We need to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. and what is included?

A.

This catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers claim to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional charges will be included in the terms of engagement. Your Shortlands conveyancing quote ought to list the disbursements to be paid.Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

Q.

What is the council tax on a residential end of terrace property in Shortlands?

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Frequently a title report will provide the Bromley council tax band. The latest tax rates for residents of Shortlands are published at the Bromley local authority website. As of 20/12/2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £865.00
  • Band B - £1,010.00
  • Band C - £1,154.00
  • Band D - £1,298.00
  • Band E - £1,586.00
  • Band F - £1,875.00
  • Band G - £2,163.00
  • Band H - £2,596.00

Q.

Will a solicitor in Shortlands get any conveyancing searches on the London Victorian detached home I am purchasing

A.

If you are taking out a mortgage, your lender expects the following for Shortlands: Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches, which may include a Official Search of whole with priority.

Q.

What sort of additional enquiries in relation to the potential risk of local flooding in the Kent region will the Shortlands conveyancing solicitor advise us on for an investment home I am wanting to purchase?

A.

The conveyancing lawyer applies for formal environmental searches that will include Shortlands flood risk data. An inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more specialist flood search, such as the Homecheck search, may be advised by your Shortlands solicitor, if in the event that the initial conveyancing searches suggest flood risk to the property.

Q.

I am completing next July. What will be calculated for Stamp Duty Land Tax?

A.

The Stamp Duty which will be owed will depend on the house's price. On a £419000 property, stamp duty will be £12570.

Q.

Nationwide Building Society is our lender, is there anything we need to check?

A.

Some lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. Homeward Legal will act for the vast majority of mortgage lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

Q.

How can I identify whether the Shortlands conservation area is in a poor state?

A.

Conservation areas in Shortlands are designated by the local Bromley planning authority, who regulate conservation area concerns from including things like poorly maintained pavements, addition of PVC windows and street furniture. English Heritage, a government body, now maintain details in relation to the state of conservation areas in Shortlands and throughout England along with the exposure to a decline in standards.

Q.

What can a Shortlands conveyancing lawyer advise if the maisonette we are buying is inside the boundary of a Bromley local authority conservation area which has unsanctioned cladding fitted to it?

A.

Bromley planning authority searches conducted by your solicitor should ascertain if the Shortlands property a conservation area proof of permission for modifications will be asked for.