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Conveyancing in Thornbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Thornbury's closest airport is Bristol Airport (17 miles). Thornbury's nearest train station is Pilning at 6 miles.

Elms Day Thornbury is the nearest hospital.

Q.

How do I find fixed rate conveyancing?

A.

Numerous firms offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional fees are often hiding in small print. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should be included on your conveyancing quote Fees should be reasonable. They only come into force where the solicitor must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

Will we need a chancel search? I am buying on the same street as a 15th Century rectory in Thornbury.

A.

Property owners in an area near a church in the area must contribute towards the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. A solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Thornbury Church of England properties include St Anna, St Margaret, St Mary's and St Paul's.

Q.

When should one organise a removals firm?

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Our recommendation is for home movers to hold off a removal company until after both sides have settled your move date that happens once contracts are signed. For a local firm Thornbury Self Storage, Kington Road, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1PQ Phone: 01454 413343 or Atlas Moving Co, 7 The Slad, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 3TW Tel: 01454 412617.

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Will my Thornbury property solicitor report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band G house before exchanging contracts?

A.

A solicitor will consult with the South Gloucestershire local council to find out the latest council tax charges which will then be added to

the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date charges for homes in Thornbury are listed at the South Gloucestershire council website. On 01 February 2013 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,023.00
  • Band B - £1,193.00
  • Band C - £1,364.00
  • Band D - £1,534.00
  • Band E - £1,875.00
  • Band F - £2,216.00
  • Band G - £2,557.00
  • Band H - £3,068.00

Q.

Which government authority is on charge of for watching over the state of Thornbury and Thornbury conservation areas?

A.

English Heritage have produced a detailed list about the state of conservation areas along with the vulnerability to a decline in standards.

Local Thornbury conservation areas are created by South Gloucestershire who maintain conservation area concerns from including things like new developments, rear extensions and paths.

Q.

I am buying a restored chapel in Gloucester St Michael. Should we get a chancel search?

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A solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be taken out, irrespective of the parish where the house being bought is found. In older areas of Thornbury, chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a house where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Is Thornbury soil possibly contaminated by antimony (Sb)?

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There are extensive regulations imposed to stop future top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like hydrocarbons and herbicides.

Q.

What will a Thornbury conveyancing lawyer recommend if the property is inside a South Gloucestershire local authority conservation area that has unsightly stone cladding fitted to it?

A.

The local authority searches conducted by a property lawyer during the legal process should see if the property is in a designated conservation area proof of Coal Authority consent for modifications will be asked for.

Should no necessary permissions be produced, your conveyancing solicitor will give you professional advice on all options which may include obtaining an indemnity insurance policy or obtaining retrospective permission from the council.

 
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