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Conveyancing in Thatcham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

Thatcham's nearest airport is Blackbushe Airport. Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 23 miles, White Waltham Airport is 23 miles, and Booker Airport is 25 miles away and the closest station to Thatcham is Thatcham.

West Berkshire Community Newbury is the neighbouring hospital for Thatcham.

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I am trying to find discount conveyancing. What should we check?

A.

Many property buyers and sellers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many conveyancers promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional costs may be added into the terms. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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We are purchasing with Natwest, is there anything we need to know?

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Some lenders have limited the firms who can act for them, resulting in increased conveyancing costs for buyers if their conveyancer is unable to act both on their behalf, and for their lender. Homeward Legal can act for the vast majority of lenders, ensuring that an additional conveyancer will not be required to act for your lender.

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We are buying a property where the seller appears to have installed unbecoming window frames on the home which I think might possibly exclude the Thatcham conservation area guidelines.

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A lawyer is required to see if your proposed purchase is located within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have essential permission. In the event that no appropriate permissions be available, your solicitor will recommend the alternatives like getting covered by an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective consent from West Berkshire council.

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Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Thatcham. Are they a concern?

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Many of contaminants can harm the resale value of Thatcham property, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a property may be affected by contaminants in Thatcham including air pollution or infilled land.

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We are purchasing a residence in Thatcham, and would like to establish whether there are many conservation areas.

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There are several conservation areas located near Thatcham. Thatcham itself is named as a conservation area. A property solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works for affected areas in Thatcham.

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Do you recommend your solicitors to look after residential property auction conveyancing in Thatcham?

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Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Thatcham often get instructed by sellers at auction. We consistently inform auction buyers to formally instruct an experienced lawyer well before the auction to allow adequate time for a thorough review of the auction pack.

Thereafter, following the auction day, a lawyer will need to be fully prepared to carry out the legal work in the 4 week time frame, a requirement of standard auction conditions.

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Do you recommend making the effort to circumvent paying for stamp duty land tax?

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Stamp duty is generally payable on residential property valued at over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Homeward Legal firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation scheme, as such schemes are costly and very risky. There have been certain legal initiatives, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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Do fixtures and fittings include things like lamps or lightshades?

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Mainly, fixtures are 'fixed' to the property and fixtures are free-standing items, such as the oven. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.