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Conveyancing in Strood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/18

Local points of interest in Strood

Strood Temple Manor English Heritage and Rochester Rochester Castle English Heritage are close at hand to Strood.

Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport is 3 miles from Strood. London City Airport is 20 miles, London Airport is 16 miles, Rochester Airport is 4 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 20 miles away. The nearest train station to Strood is Strood Kent.

Strood is nearby at within a miles off the M2 junction entry 2 Westbound.

St Bartholomews Chatham is a relatively close hospital to Strood.

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How do we get the best conveyancing rates for a £661k house?

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many sellers and buyers paying out more than they anticipated in the end, and many solicitors offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional costs can increase the solicitor's invoice. Any additional charges listed in your solicitor's terms should be reasonable. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Is homewardlegal.co.uk set up to move quickly on the conveyancing of auction properties in Strood?

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The legal team work closely with auctioneers and often act for bidders at auction. Homeward Legal always advocate purchasers to formally appoint an affordable conveyancing firm in advance of the actual auction to allow for a full investigation of the sellers pack.

Subsequently, immediately after the auction, a property conveyancing lawyer needs to be prepared for complete the purchase inside the 28 day time frame as conventionally required by the conditions of sale.

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The property being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Can the top-soil still be contaminated?

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Strood's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Strood, including local authorities.

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What does the Strood conveyancing lawyer advise if the house I hope to purchase is in a conservation area in Medway and has unlawful artificial stone cladding fitted?

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Medway council searches conducted by your Strood property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing will ascertain the existence of suitable consent for modifications to the property.

In the absence of any consents, your solicitor will inform you of all options, which include requesting retrospective consent from the planning authority or getting covered by indemnity insurance.

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What is the council tax on a residential end of terrace house in Strood?

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In most cases the conveyancing report on title should provide the Medway council tax band. Council tax charges for homes in Strood are published at the Medway council website. At the time of authoring on 16/01/2013 the rates are:

  • Band A - £887.00
  • Band B - £1,034.00
  • Band C - £1,182.00
  • Band D - £1,330.00
  • Band E - £1,625.00
  • Band F - £1,921.00
  • Band G - £2,216.00
  • Band H - £2,660.00

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I am purchasing in Strood, is it that important that conveyancing searches are done?

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These searches are enquiries requested by the solicitor, which may include a drainage search. Searches are unrelated to a building survey and will not identify structural issues.

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Why can conveyancing for a sale take weeks to complete?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property may potentially be delayed for many reasons. The delays may be out of the solicitors' control, Homeward Legal, however, see how frustrating such delays may be and seek to reduce their impact by using fast search providers. Common delays may include the time taken to return management information.

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What particular searches will the Strood property lawyer get when carrying out the conveyancing for a Strood flat?

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The common procedure will be to obtain Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search and Coal Mining (Con29M) and occasionally specific searches, which may include a Bankruptcy Search (K16).