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Conveyancing in Swanley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/10/17

Local points of interest in Swanley

Eynsford Eagle Heights Birds of Prey Centre and Lullingstone Roman Villa English Heritage are near to Swanley.

Swanley's nearest train station is Swanley. The closest airport to Swanley is London Biggin Hill Airport. London City Airport is 10 miles, London Heliport Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 22 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Rochester Airport is 15 miles and away.

Swanley is close at under 1 mile off the M20 junction entry 1 Westbound.

Chelsfield Park is a nearby hospital.

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I need to find a lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing. What do we need to consider?

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Many property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional fees can pad the final bill. Extra costs found in the solicitor's terms should be reasonable and clear. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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I am buying a 1930s building in the middle of a conservation area in Swanley. How do we uncover information relating to the state of repair of the area?

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Local Swanley conservation areas are created by Dartford who govern conservation area concerns from building materials used to the policing of street clutter. English Heritage administer a detailed list in relation to the condition of conservation areas along with the exposure to getting worse.

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I have a reasonable understanding of DIY conveyancing as a buyer and seller of a house , Might it be a good economy to carry out the legal work on my own?

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Hypothetically there are no arguments at all why a home buyer should not take care of he your own conveyancing unaided. That said, a property solicitor juggles a large array of tasks e.g. interpreting protocol forms and ensuring listed building alterations are compliant some of which really need a qualified solicitor.

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Do you recommend that I get searches for chancel liability? We are buying a flat conversion next to a church in Swanley.

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Where land in Swanley was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to cover the cost of maintenance of nearby church property. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Swanley must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Swanley ecclesiastical properties include St Mary and St Paul.

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We need to complete this £472,000 house purchase as soon as possible, how can we aim for a fast conveyancing process?

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As is often argued, fast conveyancing is crucial to instruct a proactive and experienced conveyancer. There are a range of things you as the purchaser can also do to accelerate the legal work, including, promptly answering your conveyancer's questions (by email if possible), organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage and calling or emailing the conveyancer, and chase them if you suspect any delays.

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How much is the council tax on a period semi-detached Band G house in Swanley?

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You should be give detail the houses band within the conveyancer's title report. Correct rates for residents of Swanley are set out in detail at the Dartford council site. Currently (13 November 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £963.00
  • Band B - £1,124.00
  • Band C - £1,284.00
  • Band D - £1,445.00
  • Band E - £1,766.00
  • Band F - £2,087.00
  • Band G - £2,408.00
  • Band H - £2,890.00

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Are your property lawyers set up to move quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Swanley?

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We deal with auctions throughout the UK and regularly act for bidders at auction. It is prudent for buyers at auction to appoint a SRA regulated lawyer as soon as they can to allow adequate time for a title report of the legal pack before the auction day.

Thereafter, following the actual auction a prepared lawyer has to be geared up to get through the conveyancing process within 28 days, a requirement of standard auction conditions.

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Is a survey a good idea when we are purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggest that you arrange a property surveyor to carry out a survey if you are planning to buy in Swanley. Many defects have a negative impact on a property, such as cracks around door frames. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.