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Conveyancing in Stroud Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 28/04/17

Stroud train station is almost 1 mile from Stroud and the nearest airport to Stroud is Gloucester Airport. Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 25 miles away.

Stroud Maternity hospital is relatively close to Stroud.

Q.

I am looking for a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a home. as we are on a budget.

A.

Confusion over this issue catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many law firms advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing, but additional charges will be included in the terms of engagement which unwary home owners fail to check. Applicable disbursements should be included on the quote. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

Q.

How is SDLT determined, and how much should we pay on a £864000 Stroud house?

A.

The Stamp Duty rate that will be due will depend on the purchase price of the home. On a £864000 property, stamp duty will be £34560.

Q.

I am buying a 1940s flat in a conservation area in Stroud. How do I find information in regards to the state of repair?

A.

Local Stroud conservation areas are created by the local authority (Stroud) who police everything from public spaces to ugly shop fronts. English Heritage, a government body, have produced a detailed list of the state of repair of conservation areas along with the exposure to getting worse.

Q.

How is contaminated land in Stroud checked when buying a house?

Many of contaminants caused by factors caused by man and by nature may impair property in Stroud, like hazardous substances in the ground or sand or clay quarries. An environmental search will give more detail.

Q.

What can a Stroud conveyancing lawyer do if the property we want to buy is located in a conservation area and has unsanctioned windows fitted?

A.

A lawyer should check whether the property is affected by a designated conservation area and whether any modifications have the essential permission. If no necessary permissions be in evidence the solicitor will advise you of the best alternative such as purchasing an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective consent from Stroud council.

Q.

We are selling in Stroud, and have had a quote from you. Could there be any extra fees?

A.

No. We will not charge any hidden extra costs. You should be aware that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

Q.

I am in a contract race situation, and need get fast conveyancing, what can we do to speed up the conveyancing process?

A.

Key to a fast completion is to employing a experienced lawyer. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • How soon will they order searches?

Q.

What can I do to avoid paying for stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty mitigation should not be considered when purchasing in Stroud, as such schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed. There have been a range of legal initiatives, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'.

 
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