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Conveyancing in South Yorkshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Robin Hood Airport is 10 miles from South Yorkshire. Gamston Airport is 24 miles and Sheffield City Airport is 16 miles away. South Yorkshire's nearest train station is Adwick.

South Yorkshire is under 1 mile of the A1M Junction 38 Northbound.

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Local points of interest in South Yorkshire

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Brodsworth Hall & Gardens English Heritage and Kirk Sandall St Oswald Churches Conservation Trust are close to South Yorkshire.

The closest hospital is Doncaster, Park Hill.

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How do we find the best conveyancing rates in South Yorkshire for a £617,000 property?

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Confusion over this issue catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. These terms are often ignored by excited sellers and buyers, eager to get underway. Any fees ought to be fair and reasonable and be applicable solely where your solicitor must complete additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Does your solicitors company do the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in South Yorkshire?

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Our firm is able to act for auction buyers and sellers. Homeward Legals panel of solicitors and conveyancers have previously been instructed by many vendors at national and local auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Traditionally hard to value buildings e. g. development propositions, are listed at property auctions which demand more review before exchange. Conveyancers therefore advocate that buyers at auction instruct a good solicitor well in advance of the actual auction to allow adequate time for a detailed review of the legal papers.

Thereafter, following the property auction date a conveyancing solicitor should be ready for finalise the conveyancing in less than the 4 week time frame as required by the terms of sale.

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We have a house to purchase. How do we aim for a fast conveyancing process?

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Key to a faster move is to instruct a communicative solicitor. There are, however, numerous tasks you as the purchaser can do to accelerate the legal work. These include:

  • quickly answering your solicitor's questions
  • organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage
  • calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays

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The current owner has unfortunately added unsightly artificial stone cladding to the house in South Yorkshire which I think may breach conservation area rules

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The conveyancing solicitor should ascertain if the property is located within a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any modifications have the requisite consents from the Rotherham authority.

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What does the fees for the searches come to?

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With Homeward Legal, a purchase conveyancing client required to pay at a maximum £249 for a standard bundle of searches. Searches are disbursements, and are charged 'at cost'.

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At what point should you instruct a conveyancer?

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In simple terms, instructing as soon as possible is wise, as the legal work can commence immediately. Some groups advocate postponing instruction until the offer is accepted, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.

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Will my South Yorkshire solicitor do official or personal searches on my home purchase?

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The conveyancing solicitor will inform you about the ideal course of action, depending on factors like building society requirements. For personal searches, the solicitor may try to find a local search agent like Pali Doncaster - also trading as Property and Land Information are trading names of John Mann, Suite 18 Woodfield Business Centre, Carr Hill, Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8DE Tel: 01302515096 Fax: 08717142999

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In respect to the serious flooding in Leeds, I am questioning whether flood risk searches aren't thorough enough?

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Flood risk searches applied for by your South Yorkshire lawyer will also include the far more informative flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are worried you could attempt to call a local resident.

 
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