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Conveyancing in Southwick Q & A's

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Updated: 21/04/17

Things to do in Southwick

Hove Windmill, Museum of D - Day Aviation Aviation Museum and Hove St Andrew Churches Conservation Trust are around Southwick.

The closest train station to Southwick is Southwick, approximately a mile away. The closest airport to Southwick is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport. Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles and Shoreham Airport is 3 miles away.

The closest hospital to Southwick is Southlands Shoreham.

Q.

We are looking for a low cost conveyancing quote in Southwick. What do I need to check for?

A.

The confusion over this issue catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra charges will be included in small print, left unread by preoccupied buyers Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

The home being purchased is on a ex-industrial site. Apparently copper top-soil contamination may be an issue.

A.

Given the region's industrial and agricultural history in parts of Southwick, soil contamination is impossible to completely avoid. Also considering issues such as fertilisers and water contaminants such as pesticides, contaminants affecting Southwick property will be factored into an environmental search.

Q.

Do I need a chancel liability search? I am purchasing a residence in Southwick.

A.

Where land in Southwick was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to cover the cost of repairs to a medieval church. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Southwick ecclesiastical properties where a chancel search may be necessary include Holy Trinity, St Columba, St James and St Mary the Virgin.

Q.

What local factors can contaminate land in Southwick, and are they comprehensively investigated?

A.

Numerous of contaminants can quickly spoil property, and an environmental search will confirm if a particular property may be impacted by contaminants in the area including hazardous substances in the ground.

Q.

What causes Southwick sale conveyancing to require so much time and effort?

A.

The legal work required to buy or sell property could be lengthy even in the best of circumstances. Sometimes, the causes are out of a lawyer's control, we, however, seek to minimise the consequences of these delays where it is possible to do so. Common delays include a slow firm acting for the lender.

Q.

Can you recommend how to get out of paying out for stamp duty on the property?

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Stamp duty usually must be paid for home purchases valued at over 125,000 pounds. We strongly advise against any form of stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are often uneconomical and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself. There have been a number of legitimate initiatives, however, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers.

Q.

What is the council tax on a period detached dwelling in Southwick?

A.

As a rule the conveyancer's title report should give the relevant Sunderland council tax band. The latest tax rates for properties in Southwick are tabled at the Sunderland local authority site. Currently on 05 December 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £896.00
  • Band B - £1,045.00
  • Band C - £1,194.00
  • Band D - £1,343.00
  • Band E - £1,642.00
  • Band F - £1,941.00
  • Band G - £2,239.00
  • Band H - £2,687.00

Q.

Should I select the property lawyer who usually works with by my agent?

A.

Agent recommendations are a common route for buyers to find a solicitor. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

 
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