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Conveyancing in Southampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

As determined by the most recent census (2011) Southampton has a residential population 665,193 spread over an area of 372,389 acres (150,701 hectares) which equals a population density of 1.8 people per acre (4.4 per hectare).

Southampton is under three miles off the M3 junction entry 14 Northbound.

The closest airport to Southampton is Southampton, Mitchell Way Airport. Southampton Airport is 4 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 21 mile s, Sandown IoW Airport is 21 mile and Bournemouth International Airport is 21 mile away and Southampton Central train station is almost a mile from Southampton.

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Southampton points of interest

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Bursledon Hants Windmill, Medieval Merchants House English Heritage and Southamton Hall of Aviation Aviation Museum are in the vicinity of Southampton.

The nearest hospital for Southampton is Royal South Hants Southampton.

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How do we find affordable conveyancing in Southampton?

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Both high-street and online law firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra charges may be added into the small print. Busy, stressed sellers and buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Any additional charges listed in terms of engagement should be fair and clearly defined. They only apply in cases where the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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When do I need to instruct a solicitor in Southampton?

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Instructing as early as possible is generally better if you want to secure your purchase and complete quickly. The legal work can then commence straight away, avoiding any delays. The early instruction of a Southampton solicitor can greatly limit the risk of your transaction falling through or being 'gazumped'.

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What can a Southampton property solicitor do if the property we hope to buy is located in a registered conservation area and has an un-consented windows added?

Your conveyancing solicitor to determine whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have appropriate permissions from the local council.

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I am planning on buying a converted house in a conservation area, how do I find more details in respect of the state of repair?

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English Heritage maintain records about the state of conservation areas along with the risk of getting worse. Conservation areas in Southampton are specified by the local Southampton planning authority, who regulate things like paths and footpaths to the impediment of back illuminated signs.

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How much will the conveyancing searches in Southampton be?

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With a Homeward Legal solicitor, you will be charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Searches are disbursements, and will be charged at cost.

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Which local authority is in charge of Southampton?

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Southampton is cared for by Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7LY, Call: 02380 833 000

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We need to complete this leasehold flat purchase as soon as possible, how do we get fast conveyancing?

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As is often argued, finding a proactive conveyancer is key fast Southampton conveyancing. Beyond that, there are a range of things you, as the purchaser, can do. These include:

  • keeping in regular contact with the conveyancer
  • promptly answering your conveyancer's questions
  • organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage

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How much is the council tax on a residential end of terrace Band C home in Southampton?

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You should be supply your homes band in the conveyancing report on title. The latest tax rates for properties in Southampton are published at the Southampton local authority website. At the time of writing (10 December 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £965.00
  • Band B - £1,125.00
  • Band C - £1,286.00
  • Band D - £1,447.00
  • Band E - £1,768.00
  • Band F - £2,090.00
  • Band G - £2,411.00
  • Band H - £2,894.00