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Conveyancing in Southsea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/04/18

Drivers are well served with Southsea ideally situated with very good major road access under 3 miles off the M275.

Southsea's nearest train station is Southsea Hoverpt and Southsea's closest airport is Bembridge IoW, Sandown Rd Airport. Southampton Airport is 17 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 8 miles and Sandown IoW Airport is 11 miles away.

St Marys Portsmouth is the nearest hospital for Southsea.

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We are trying to find a cheap solicitor to sell a home. Can you assist?

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Confusion over this matter catches out many sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional charges will be included in the terms and conditions. A quote for conveyancing in Southsea should, in addition, define any disbursements.

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What can a Southsea conveyancing solicitor recommend if the maisonette we hope to invest in is inside a Portsmouth planning authority conservation area which has unsuitable stone cladding added?

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Portsmouth planning authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should see if the Southsea property a designated conservation area and any evidence of planning authority consent for additions to the property will be asked for.

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Will we need a property surveyor to check for issues affecting the property purchase?

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It is strongly advised that Southsea property purchasers order a property survey. A wide range of defects will impact a property, for example ground movement.

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Does a Southsea solicitor apply for any property conveyancing searches on the Hampshire Edwardian terraced cottage I am intending to buy?

The conventional conveyancing protocol will be to obtain Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches e.g. a Company Searches.

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If you are purchasing a flat near a glebe in Southsea, is it advisable that we get a chancel liability search?

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Owners of property in an area near a church in the area must contribute towards repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including tithe documents. Southsea church properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include Holy Spirit,, Portsmouth St Luke's, St Jude and St Peter's.

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I am on a very limited budget - Can doing DIY conveyancing without a conveyancing solicitor in Southsea possibly save any money?

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Theoretically speaking there are no arguments why you shouldn't complete the your own conveyancing yourself. However, a Southsea property solicitor takes care of a significant number of jobs ranging from drafting contracts and representing the mortgage lender most of which really need a qualified professional. Furthermore firms and their solicitors must carry the applicable indemnity insurance to shield you in the event of oversights.

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What factors will affect land in Southsea, and will they be checked for comprehensively?

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Property in Southsea could be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes and human activities, and factors including other land contamination or proximity to waste sites will be detailed in an appropriate search.

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For fast conveyancing to buy a £246,000 home, what can we do to accelerate the transaction?

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Crucial to buying faster is to instruct a proactive property lawyer. Consider the following:

  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?