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Conveyancing in Tonbridge Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

As reported in the 2011 census Tonbridge has a residential population 680,816 spread over an area of 266,871 hectares (659,451 acres) meaning a density of population of 2.6 people per hectare (1.0 per acre).

Tonbridge's closest airport is London Biggin Hill Airport. London City Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Rochester Airport is 15 miles and away and Tonbridge's nearest train station is Tonbridge.

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Local Tonbridge attractions

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Tonbridge Castle Castle and Capel St Thomas Becket Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Tonbridge.

Tonbridge Cottage is the closest hospital.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a £287,000 home?

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Many online and high street property lawyers promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Extras included in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable and be applied only where the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The disbursements to be paid ought to be defined on a conveyancing quote. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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Will I need to get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Tonbridge house close to a priory built in the 1600s.

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Property owners proximate to nearby church land are expected to pay for repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including the Title Register database. Tonbridge churches include St Eanswy Mission Church, St Stephen, St. Andrew's Church and St. Peter and St. Paul's Church.

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What property will the conveyancing solicitor in Tonbridge order when acting on a Tonbridge building?

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The standard conveyancing procedure will be to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW), Environment Search and Coal Mining Search as well as any unique particular for example Limestone Search.

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Should I make use of a firm of solicitors referred by the agent?

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It is common practice for agents to refer a conveyancer, however, these referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most appropriate choice.

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Is your panel of solicitors experienced enough to 28 day completions on the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Tonbridge?

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The legal team are familiar with local and national auctions and commonly do the legal conveyancing buyers at auction. It is important for purchasers to appoint their lawyer as rapidly as they can to give enough time for a thorough investigation of the sellers documents well in advance of the auction.

Following the auction day, a lawyer must be able to concentrate on briskly conclude the legal side of things in less than 28 days as typically required by the conditions of sale.

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Are any conservation areas in Tonbridge likely to affect us?

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These areas qualify local areas of historic or architectural significance. A property solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have for affected areas in Tonbridge.

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How early should you get a conveyancer to act on our sale?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, instructing as soon as possible is wise. Instructing a firm early could mitigate the chance of your transaction aborting.

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Please advise how to hold off paying for stamp duty to HM Revenue?

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Homeward Legal do not recommend home buyers risk any form of stamp duty mitigation, because these schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed .