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Conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea Q & A's

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Updated: 14/04/18

The nearest airport to St Leonards On Sea is Lydd Airport (18 miles). The closest station to St Leonards On Sea is West St Leonards.

Conquest, St Leonards is the closest hospital.

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We are looking for a law firm that offers cheap conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea. Can you assist?

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Many solicitors claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Often extra fees are often hiding in the small print that homeowners often do not check. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state applicable disbursements. Additional fees needs to be clearly defined and be applied only where the conveyancer must complete unanticipated additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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If we plan to buy in the parish of Guestling, are we advised to get a chancel search?

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A conveyancer could recommend a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have chosen to charge chancel repairs on owners of land subject to chancel liability, there is no way to be certain that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not automatically be the case for future owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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What will a St Leonards On Sea property lawyer do if the house we want to buy is in a conservation area and has incongruous roof antenna installed?

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Hastings local authority enquiries carried out by your St Leonards On Sea conveyancing solicitor in the process of the conveyancing will ascertain if the property is within a conservation area and any evidence of planning consent for alterations will be requested. Should

no authority consents be produced, your St Leonards On Sea conveyancing solicitor will recommend the alternatives which include getting covered by an indemnity insurance or getting retrospective permission from Hastings planning authority.

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Which actual property conveyancing searches does the St Leonards On Sea solicitor order when carrying out the conveyancing for a St Leonards On Sea home?

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The common legal protocol will be to get Local Authority (council), Drainage Search (Con29DW), Environmental and Gypsum Mining Search and occasionally specific local searches e.g. a Cheshire Brine Search.

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We are buying on a ex-industrial use land. What should we do regarding mercury topsoil contamination?

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St Leonards On Sea's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Also considering issues such as disinfection by-products and groundwater contaminants like oil, contaminants affecting St Leonards On Sea property will be factored into an environmental search.

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Is a house survey a good idea if we are purchasing any property in St Leonards On Sea?

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We suggest that most St Leonards On Sea buyers order an inspection. It is a fact that there are a wide range of defects which have a negative impact on a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation, such as dry rot and cracks in walls.

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What are 'fixtures and fittings'?

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Chiefly, fixtures are fixed elements, such as plugs and sockets to walls, floors or ceilings, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. Early agreement of a list of fixtures and fittings will avoid later disputes, stating what is included with the sale.

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How long may the legal work to sell an apartment take? I am buying in St Leonards On Sea.

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The number of weeks taken to buy or sell a home does vary. This wide range results from a range of issues. These may include whether the property being bought or sold is leasehold. Eight to twelve weeks is the industry-wide average, but we work for a deadline of six weeks.