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Conveyancing in Southampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/18

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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How do we bypass paying stamp duty?

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SDLT is usually payable for houses over £125,000. We strongly advise against any stamp duty avoidance, as such schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed . There have been several legal initiatives, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. You will be able to confirm your eligibility for any such active initiatives with your solicitor..

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Will my Southampton conveyancer apply for official or personal local searches?

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This all depends on a few factors, such as whether your lender requests one over the other. Your best bet is to speak with your solicitor.

A company like Searches UK - 0800 043 1815 – will be able to inform you of what these searches are.

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Does my Southampton conveyancer order any particular searches or do we get them all?

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While you won’t need every single conveyancing search available, you will need some, especially if you are buying with a mortgage. The common legal procedure is to get a Local Authority Search (personal or official), a Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and an Environment Search, as well as some optional local Southampton searches, which may include a Flood Search, or whichever your solicitor deems necessary for your particular property.

To learn about what conveyancing searches are, click here.

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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

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Is contaminated land in Southampton a problem for homes?

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A range of contaminants may potentially impair residential property in Southampton, such as petroleum and fuel sites. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.

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We are considering purchasing a house in Bargate. Will the property be suitable for stamp duty relief?

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Disadvantaged areas in Southampton are identified by ward boundary. Disadvantaged areas in Southampton include Bargate and Redbridge. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

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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?

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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.