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Conveyancing in Thurrock Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Thurrock area info

Orsett Essex Windmill, Tillbury Fort English Heritage and East Tilbury Coalhouse Fort Historic Building are near to Thurrock.

Thurrock's nearest station is Grays at 2 miles and the nearest airport to Thurrock is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport (12 miles). London City Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 23 miles, London Airport is 16 miles, Rochester Airport is 13 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 18 miles away.

The nearest hospital is Thurrock.

Q.

How do we find a cheap solicitor to own a home?

A.

The confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many law firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. Extra costs ought to be reasonable. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Fifties converted property in Thurrock?

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Normally a conveyancer's title report will include the relevant Thurrock council tax band. Correct rates for residents of Thurrock are listed on the Thurrock council website. On 12/10/2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £871.00
  • Band B - £1,016.00
  • Band C - £1,161.00
  • Band D - £1,306.00
  • Band E - £1,596.00
  • Band F - £1,886.00
  • Band G - £2,177.00
  • Band H - £2,612.00

Q.

I have requested a conveyancing quote from you. May I end up paying any hidden costs?

A.

Homeward Legal will not charge any hidden charges for any reason. You should be aware that some websites offer

unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

Q.

Conveyancing and environmental searches are compiled from archived records and when you consider climate change such as the fact that last year was second wettest year since 1920 are they the best way to advise us enough about the Thurrock flood risk?

A.

A qualified Thurrock conveyancer should carry out specialist flood risk searches if the environmental searches identifies any kind of local Thurrock flood risk.

You could also try to contact a neighbour or local resident for further local information.

Q.

How soon is it wise to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Thurrock?

A.

In the majority of situations, the faster you instruct the better. Promptly instructing a firm for your Thurrock transaction could mitigate the chance of the transaction falling through.

Q.

If we are intending to buy near Thurrock, in the parish of Rayleigh, do we need a chancel search?

A.

A solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search be taken out. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on current owners of a house where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

Q.

How is SDLT worked out?

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The SDLT which will be owed is calculated based on the value of the property. It will be £58250 on a £1165000 property.*

*Accurate as of October 2012

Q.

What factors will impact land in Thurrock, and will they be checked for comprehensively?

A.

Land may be contaminated by a broad range of human activities, such as pollution incidents. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail. Area 1, Medebridge Road, Essex, RM16 5TZ is one such potential source of local contamination.

 
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