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Conveyancing in Thurrock Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/04/18

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.

The property seller appears to have installed ill-suited satellite dishes to the house which we think might infringe on East Tilbury conservation area rules.

A.

Thurrock local authority Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by the solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should determine whether the property is in a conservation area and any evidence of formal approval for modifications will be requested.

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.

For fast conveyancing to buy a £327,000 house, what can we do to speed up our move?

A.

The key to a fast completion is to instruct a experienced property lawyer. There are numerous tasks you could do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • calling or emailing the property lawyer, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • answering any queries raised by your property lawyer as soon as possible
  • arranging your mortgage offer

Q.

I am buying in Thurrock. How can we verify that the building is in a conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas pinpoint regions of architectural or historic interest. Corringham, East Tilbury and Fobbing are among the conservation areas in Thurrock. Living in a conservation area can mean better maintained homes and gardens, but the restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

Q.

Our local agent has suggested the firm of solicitors. Is it advisable to use this firm?

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It is common for agents in Glynneath to suggest a law firm to handle your conveyancing, however, these referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as it may be the case that the agent recommends the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Thurrock?

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Thurrock is located in Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL, Tel: 01375 652 652

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