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Conveyancing in Stansted Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/01/18

Stansted attractions

Hatfield Forest National Trust , Stansted Mt Essex Windmill, Stansted Mountfitchet St Mary the Virgin Churches Conservation Trust and Chickney St Mary Churches Conservation Trustare all around Stansted.

The closest station to Stansted is Elsenham, around 3 miles away and Stansted Airport is 0 miles from Stansted. Cambridge City Airport is 23 miles and away.

Commuters are well served with Stansted situated with very good major road access nearby at within 3m of Junction 8 Northbound of the M11.

The most convenient hospital to Stansted is Herts & Essex Bishops Stortford.

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What will the overall charge be on the sale of a £529k home? We need to find an affordable conveyancing estimate.

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This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately additional fees may increase the final invoice. Any extra costs should be reasonable and clear. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, can we guarantee a fast completion?

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Contacting a proactive, diligent conveyancer is essential to a faster move. There are various jobs you can also do to accelerate the process. These include:

  • organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage
  • requesting status updates from the conveyancer regularly
  • answering any queries raised by your conveyancer as soon as possible

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What does a Stansted conveyancing lawyer advise if the house we are intending to buy is situated in a conservation area in Uttlesford planning authority which has unapproved cladding added?

Uttlesford local authority LLC1 searches carried out by your Stansted conveyancing solicitor during the legal process will verify if the property is inside a conservation area and evidence of consent for alterations will be required.

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When in the process should we speak to a conveyancing solicitor?

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In the vast majority of cases, the sooner you instruct a firm, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks which may be performed straight away. Early instruction of a conveyancing firm to act on your Stansted sale or purchase for a sale can mean that prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Stansted solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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If we are purchasing in Stansted next to a 1300s priory, is it necessary that I get a search for chancel liability?

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The judgement in a landmark case 10 years ago confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Stansted Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Ecclesiastical properties in Stansted include St Mary the Virgin and St Paul.

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What can contaminate land in Stansted, and are they comprehensively investigated?

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Land may be contaminated by a broad range of natural causes, such as pollution incidents. An environmental search can give more clarity. Contamination in Stansted can be caused by local waste sites, such as Cambridge Road, CM22 6HT.

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Would you state looking into how to avoid paying out for HMRC stamp duty?

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We do not recommend home buyers get involved with any form of stamp duty scheme. These schemes are highly expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed. There have been several official schemes, such as disadvantaged area relief, and your solicitor will advise if these may apply.

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Which of the mortgage lender panels in Stansted are your solicitors on?

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The Homeward Legal partnership have worked with the majority of lenders serving Stansted homebuyers. Stansted lenders and mortgage specialists include Alliance, 24 Hailes Wood, Elsenham, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 6DQ. Your solicitor will be able to deal with the particular enquiries and searches your lender requires.