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Conveyancing in Southampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/07/17

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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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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Why is my Southampton conveyancing taking so long to finish?

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Conveyancing takes between 8 and 12 weeks, but can take longer if the other solicitor causes delays, or something else out of your solicitor’s control happens.

Our Homeward Legal solicitors aim to complete in quicker than this national average, but we can only do what we can do – be proactive, communicate with you and complete work to a fast and high standard.

In addition, there are some ways you can make sure to avoid delays, see here for a rundown.

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What items are included on the fixture and fitting form for my Southampton property?

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Unfortunately this varies and will depend on what you decide on with the seller.

Usually it will consist of carpets, curtain rods and other movable items, but this is just a guideline and you will need to get your solicitor to discuss it with the other party.

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Do we need a house survey for our home purchase?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors firmly recommend that Southampton property purchasers arrange a house surveyor. There are a wide range of problems which affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, such as poor ventilation and blocked drains.

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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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What kind of environmental searches regarding the risk of flooding in the Hampshire region will the conveyancing solicitor in Southampton be able to apply for?

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A necessary component in the legal process involves the solicitor making an application for conveyancing and environmental searches that offer specific information with respect to the local Southampton flood risk.

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Will you need to get a chancel search? I am buying a Southampton maisonette on the same road as rectory grounds.

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The result of Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. Several sources are used to determine liability in Southampton, including tithe documents. Southampton churches where chancel liability may apply include St Michael the Archangel, St Barnabas, St Barnabas and Christ Church Freemantle.

 
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