By Frances Traynor
19th April 2018
"Working together is critical for a smoother move."
You should instruct a property lawyer to complete the legal side of things for your property sale, purchase or remortgage.
Homeward Legal's panel of solicitors have years of conveyancing experience in Southend-on-Sea and throughout Essex. Our swift and pragmatic approach means we often complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Our solicitors perform all the conveyancing work for your move for a fixed rate.
You will not be charged any property legal fees, if your Essex house move does not complete.
With local conveyancing expertise, your property solicitor will guide you through the whole of the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: Southend-on-Sea is served by the A13 and A127. By rail: The nearest train station is Southend Central. By air: From Southend-on-Sea, Southend Airport is 3 miles, London City Airport is 37 miles, London Stansted Airport is 40 miles, London Heliport is 46 miles, and London Biggin Hill Airport, 48 miles.
Hospital: Southend University, Prittlewell Chase, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 0RY.
Council: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (www.southend.gov.uk).
Attractions: Chalkwell Park and Beach, Southend Pier, Adventure Island, Prittlewell Priory, Southend Central Museum, and Two Tree Island.Q.
At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs to transfer a property, and our quotes provide clear statements of your legal fees and disbursements for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.Q.
Your assigned lawyer will request a standard set of searches for the Southend-on-Sea property you are buying. The environmental search will include an element of the level of flood risk for the building and its environs. If the risk is deemed significant, a far more rigorous Landmark flood search will be organised. If you are still apprehensive, you could try speaking to a future neighbour. Or perhaps look up a local building expert for a discussion.Q.
Homeward Legal firmly advises against any stamp duty mitigation scheme, because these are very risky, expensive. If the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed in addition to the remaining duty, which might run into tens of thousands of pounds.Q.
For Southend-on-Sea, council tax is managed by the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, and up-to-date rates for each band may be found on their website (see the public services information section at the head of these FAQs for a link). Your conveyancer will establish the precise band and tax rate for your property and highlight the information in the title report. For the tax year 2016/2017, Southend-on-Sea’s council tax rates were:
Retrieved on 27 FebruaryQ.
The cost of conveyancing searches substantially varies, depending on what is ordered and the depth of the required search. Searches are disbursements, which are paid out to a third party, charged to you at cost. They will not be included in a quote for solicitor's fees, but instead in the additional costs that might need to be paid. Homeward Legal’s quotes are not estimates, and make the distinction between solicitors’ fees and disbursements very clear, so you will be able to manage the legal expenditure during your move. Use our online quote calculator, or call us on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote reinforced with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.Q.
There are numerous actions you as the purchaser can do, including
But, above all, instructing a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor is crucial to fast conveyancing.Q.
Comparing quotes is not always easy, considering the differences in terminology and legal jargon used by solicitors. This administration cost is a fee, not a disbursement. It should be included as part of the quote for your conveyancing and not be charged separately.Q.
The Homeward Legal partnership has solicitors who have a wealth of experience working with all the major lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Southend-on-Sea, including:
The lawyer whom you have instructed can advise further.Q.
Generally speaking, the time taken to transfer property varies. This wide range results from several issues which may affect the property, such as where a party does not quickly respond an enquiry. With Homeward Legal, each client receives fast and efficient service.Q.
Homeward Legal's solicitors do not charge any hidden fees to transfer a property.Q.
Southend On Sea's local area has a history of contamination from industrial or agricultural, like much of the UK. Also considering issues such as water contaminants such as petrol and trichloroethylene, contaminants affecting Southend On Sea property will be factored into an environmental search.Q.
Your solicitor instructed to handle the transaction might recommend that a chancel search is ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have determined to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will continue to be free from liability, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.Q.
We firmly suggest that property purchasers order a survey. There can be a range of defects that will impact a property, that will not be addressed during the conveyancing process. These include ground movement and settlement.Q.
If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the sooner the better, as the legal work can start immediately. Promptly instructing a conveyancing firm can reduce the likelihood of the other side pulling out.Q.
Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Southend On Sea property likely to be affected. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Southend On Sea properties is likely to exist. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.