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Conveyancing in South Shields Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/10/17

South Shields area information

Whitburn Tyne & Wear Windmill, Tynemouth Priory and Castle English Heritage and St Paul Monastery English Heritage are in the vicinity of South Shields.

The closest station to South Shields is East Boldon, almost 4 miles away. The closest airport to South Shields is Newcastle Airport.

The nearest hospital is South Tyneside District South Shields.

Q.

How do we get low cost conveyancing in South Shields?

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many property buyers and sellers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many firms claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. However additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement.

Q.

When my partner and I are buying a home on the same road as a 16th Century vicarage in South Shields, is it important that I get a search for chancel liability?

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Chancel liability can require property owners to contribute towards the cost of upkeep of a local church. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. South Shields churches where chancel liability may apply include All Saints, St Hilda, St Jude and St Michael & All Angels.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we organise a fast conveyancing process?

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Crucial to a fast transaction is to use a proactive, diligent conveyancing solicitor. You should consider:

  • 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.
  • Will they order searches immediately?
  • Q.

    Following recent news about the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England, I am questioning if flood searches may not be sufficient?

    A.

    Property environmental searches handled by your South Shields conveyancing solicitor should also include the more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.

    If you are still concerned you could attempt to approach a future neighbour.

    Q.

    Can you confirm how I avoid paying SDLT rates?

    A.

    Stamp duty reduction must be treated with caution, as such schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later imposing fines and reviewing all your revenue matters. There have been a small number of legitimate initiatives, however, such as for first-time buyers.

    Q.

    I am intending to purchase a home in South Shields. Should we get a chancel search?

    A.

    Your conveyancing lawyer might recommend that a chancel search is ordered. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on new owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

    Q.

    Fixtures and fittings include what?

    A.

    Generally speaking, there is not a legal definition of fixtures and fittings. Your solicitor will request the agreement of a fixtures and fittings form to avoid such disputes and will clarify precisely which items will be sold with the property.

    Q.

    Is Homeward Legal able to move fast on the conveyancing for auction properties in South Shields?

    A.

    We are property auction specialists and commonly do the legal work for sellers at auction. It is sensible for purchasers to decide on a an experienced solicitor as ahead of time as possible to allow time for a review of the documents well in advance of the day of bidding. Immediately following the property auction a prepared lawyer needs to be fully prepared to complete the purchase legal work in 28 days after exchange of contracts, a normal requirement of terms of sale.