We plan to purchase a home in the parish of Clevedon. Do we need a chancel search?
The solicitor responsible for your move may suggest a chancel search. In Somerton's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on the owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
My husband and I are purchasing a property in Somerton. Can we check that the property is in a conservation area?
With over 8,000 affected areas in England, the streets and neighbourhoods near or within Somerton include numerous conservation areas. The benefits of such restrictions include confidence that property will retain its value, but they can result in the buyer inheriting liability of unauthorised changes.
Will you need a chancel liability search? I am buying in Somerton.
Owners of property near to an old church building may be required to fund repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. Parochial Church Councils in Somerton must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further. Somerton church lands where a chancel search may be necessary include St James, St Margaret and St Michael & All Angels.
Do I need a solicitor?
The quick and easy answer is that you don’t. There is no legal imperative for you to employ a solicitor to handle the conveyancing when dealing with property. However, it would be rather unwise for you to carry out the work yourself because you probably won’t have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform many of the complex tasks, and you won’t possess the indemnity insurance that all solicitors are obliged to carry to protect clients in the event that something goes wrong.
You need to appoint a solicitor who is experienced, proactive and focused so that you have the best chance of completing your transaction as early as possible. You should also look for such a solicitor who also offers ‘No Completion, No Fee’ protection so that you will only be invoiced for the fees once your transaction has completed successfully.
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Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
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Of main Somerton mortgage lenders, who is on your panel?
We have solicitors who have experience working with the bulk of lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Somerton, like Completely Independent Ltd, Behind Berry, Somerton, TA11 7PD.
What authority keeps records for logging the condition of the conservation areas in Somerton and Somerton?
Local Somerton conservation areas are created by the local authority (South Somerset) who administer the state of the area including things like ugly highway signs, addition of PVC windows and whether trees can be cut down. Following a campaign, English Heritage have conducted a survey and created records about the state of conservation areas in Somerton and throughout England in addition to the risk of deterioration or improvement.