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Conveyancing in Surrey Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Surrey's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport (14 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 14 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 21 mile s, White Waltham Airport is 21 mile s, Blackbushe Airport is 17 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 22 miles away and Surrey's nearest station is Clandon at 2 miles.

Mount Alvernia is a nearby hospital.

Q.

I need to find a cheap solicitor quote to buy a freehold house. How do I get a quote?

A.

Various property lawyers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra costs can increase your final invoice. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

Q.

The property seller looks to have fitted unsuitable artificial stone cladding on the building which I think might conflict with Ewell Village conservation area rules.

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The property lawyer will make enquiries to find out if the property is inside a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have required consents from the local authority.

Q.

We are purchasing a £1187000 Surrey residential property. How is stamp duty assessed?

A.

Stamp Duty will depend on a limited set of factors, primarily the value of the house. On a £1187000 residential property, stamp duty will be £59350.

Q.

Is Surrey top-soil likely to be contaminated by iron?

A.

The risks posed by soil contamination to Surrey inhabitants are usually low. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as groundwater contamination and radioactive waste.

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What environmental concerns will impact land in Surrey, and will they be thoroughly investigated?

A.

Property in Surrey is contaminated by a range of environmental factors, like radioactive substances in the region. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.

Q.

Will we need to get a chancel search? We are purchasing a maisonette in Surrey.

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Surrey Church council. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a property, but insurance is available should an obligation to fund repairs be enforced.

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Can you confirm how to hold off paying for SDLT?

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Stamp duty must be paid on purchases sold for more than 125,000 pounds. Homeward Legal do not advise property buyers get involved with any form of stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are highly expensive and can be very unlikely to succeed.

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Should I get a building survey for our property purchase?

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We suggest that most Surrey buyers book a home surveyor. There can be a range of defects that can negatively affect a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, such as failed double glazing or cracked roof tiles.

 
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