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Conveyancing in Somerset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Somerset's closest station is Bridgwater at 5 miles. The closest airport to Somerset is Bristol Airport.

Bridgwater is the nearest hospital for Somerset.

Q.

I need to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Somerset. and what is included?

A.

Many buyers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Fees included in terms and conditions should be fair and clearly defined. They be applicable solely where your solicitor must complete additional work , 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.

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How does the conveyancing solicitor in Somerset investigate the potential risk of flooding in Somerset for a Regency property I am buying?

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A residential property conveyancing lawyer will carry out formal conveyancing and environmental searches, which include Somerset area flood risk data. Depending on the results, the Somerset property lawyer may advocate a more involved (e.g. Landmark) detailed search.

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How much is the council tax on a converted Band F home in Somerset?

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You should be told about your homes council tax band as part of the conveyancer's title report. The correct rates for Somerset are set out at the Sedgemoor council website. At the time of authoring on 21 June 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £966.00
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  • Band B - £1,127.00
  • Band C - £1,287.00
  • Band D - £1,448.00
  • Band E - £1,770.00
  • Band F - £2,092.00
  • Band G - £2,414.00
  • Band H - £2,897.00

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We are selling in Somerset, and have had a quote from you. Could there be any additional fees?

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Homeward Legal's solicitors do not hide any hidden extra fees. Know that some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to.

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How is stamp duty determined, how much should it be on a £392000 property?

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The Stamp Duty payable will depend on a small number of factors, primarily the house's purchase price. It is £11760 on a £392000 house or flat (correct March 2013).

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What factors will contaminate land in Somerset. Are these properly investigated?

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Numerous of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues can ruin land in Somerset, such as overhead transmission lines or proximity to waste sites. An environmental search will give more information.

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Are there many designated conservation areas in Somerset?

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Conservation areas distinguish regions of architectural or historic interest. The benefits of such restrictions will include protection for trees and other flora, but they can make repairs more costly or time-consuming.

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Are any of the conservation areas in Somerset are in neglected condition?

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An up-to-date appraisal of the state of repair of conservation areas is filed by English Heritage ( a non departmental government body), and the following information is listed at English Heritage: Misterton marked as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Henstridge marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change, Ilchester marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change, Donyatt marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change.