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Conveyancing in Southsea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

How much can our searches cost?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, a client is charged at most £249 for conveyancing searches.

Q.

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.

Q.

We are buying in Southsea with Northern Rock, is there anything I need to know?

A.

A small number of lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating greater legal costs for buyers. We will act for the majority of mortgage lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

Q.

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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If I plan to buy near Southsea, in the parish of Chilworth, do we need a chancel search?

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Your solicitor might recommend that a chancel search is taken out. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on new owners of a property where parish councils may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

Q.

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?

Q.

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

A.

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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