We are intending to buy a residence in the parish of Savoy precinct. Should we get a chancel search?
The property solicitor might recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair may be apportioned on new owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.
How much is the council tax on a residential semi-detached Band F house in Stratford Village?
You will be briefed about your new home's band as part of the report on title. The latest council tax charges for homes in Stratford Village are published at the Waltham Forest local authority site. At the time of writing (17 October 2012) the rates are:
- Band A - £973.00
- Band B - £1,135.00
- Band C - £1,297.00
- Band D - £1,459.00
- Band E - £1,783.00
- Band F - £2,107.00
- Band G - £2,432.00
- Band H - £2,918.00
Should I select the law firm put forward by the estate agent in Stratford Village?
Many agents have arrangements with solicitors whereby they refer work to them. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.
If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
Is gazumping common practice in Stratford Village?
Gazumping is common across England and Wales and describes when a owner accepts an offer and later refuses it. Instead, they then go for a better offer. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing your solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.