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Conveyancing in Torquay Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Torquay -

By road: Torquay is served by the A379 and A380. By rail: The nearest train station is Torquay. By air: Torquay is closest to Exeter Airport, which is 27 miles away.

Hospital: Torbay, Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7AA. Council: Torbay (www.torbay.gov.uk).

Attractions: Kents Cavern, Compton Castle, Torre Abbey, Brixham Battery and Gardens, Living coasts, and Oddicombe Beach.

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When in the home-buying process do we need to speak to a solicitor in Torquay?

With very few exceptions, the earlier you can appoint your solicitor, the better, as there are several tasks which can then begin immediately. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor to handle your Torquay conveyancing early can also limit the risk of your transaction falling through. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Are conveyancing searches necessary for the purchase of a flat on the Torquay sea-front?

Conveyancing searches are a standard collection of enquiries carried out in the interest of the purchaser by the property conveyancer. These cover areas such as a drainage search, and local authority search, and cover solely legal-related matters. They are an essential part of the process because clarity on the data they provide is paramount.

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Do you work with mortgage lenders with branches in Torquay?

Of all the lenders and brokers with offices in or near Torquay, Homeward Legal works with the majority. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Torquay include:

  • Woolwich Building Society, 71 Union Street, Torquay, TQ1 3DA
  • Bristol & West Building Society, 46 Union Street, Torquay, TQ2 5PW
  • Seaway Mortgages, 55 Havelock Road, Torquay, TQ1 4RQ
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How long might the conveyancing on a Torquay property purchase require? I need a fast service.

Generally speaking, the number of weeks required to transact residential property is not entirely predictable, because of several complex factors (which may include ownership of a lease). Our conveyancing solicitors at Homeward Legal work hard to ensure your move is undertaken with the utmost care and speed without compromising service or quality. Call our experts on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote.

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Since conveyancing searches are based on past data, when you factor in recent events (such as the major flooding in Southwest England in September 2012), are they the best way to determine sufficient information about the Torquay flood-risk area?

Your appointed lawyer will apply for environmental searches, which will encompass the risk of flooding at your intended property and its environs. If the data returned shows a significant risk, your lawyer can request the far more informative search (Landmark). It may also be sensible to speak to a neighbour of the property for that extra comfort. Or you could contact a local Devon flood-damage builder, such as: Bay Builders & Home Improvements Ltd., 34 Willow Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 8DJ (Tel: 01803 312118).

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Are Land Registry office copies fees or disbursements?

Unfortunately, some firms pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It is not always clear if a cost is a fee or disbursement, and if it ought to be included. Costs such as Land Registry office copies are disbursements and not fees, and these are passed on to the buyer at cost. At Homeward Legal, our quotes make the distinction between the two types of charges absolutely transparent so that you know what your legal bill is going to be. Use our quote calculator or call us on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote.

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What will the council tax cost me for a Sixties, Band E flat in Torquay?

The tax band for your new property should be detailed within the report on title along with the governing local authority information. The latest charges for residents of Torquay are listed on the Torbay council website (refer to the head of these FAQs for a link to click). For Torquay, based on more than one adult resident, the 2016/2017 tax year rates were:

  • Band A - £1,089.85
  • Band B - £1,271.49
  • Band C - £1,453.14
  • Band D - £1,634.78
  • Band E - £1,998.07
  • Band F - £2,361.35
  • Band G - £2,724.63
  • Band H - £3,269.59

Retrieved on 15 March 2017

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We are moving in Torquay, and have a quote from you. Are there likely to be any hidden costs?

We strongly recommend that buyers read the terms of their conveyancing quote very carefully in order to identify any fees hiding in the small print. Homeward Legal's solicitors do not hide any fees, which are fixed for each conveyancing transaction, so you know exactly what you are paying. In the course of the conveyancing, it may come to light that you would benefit from additional legal work (e.g. the purchase of the freehold). When this happens, your solicitor will discuss these as they come up. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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My husband and I are interested in purchasing in Torquay. How can we check that the property is in a designated conservation area?

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Buyers in Torquay should be aware of numerous local conservation areas. Harbour, Torre Tormohun and Brixham Town are among the conservation areas in Torquay. Your property solicitor will advise further and address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area, regarding specific conservation areas in Torquay.

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Conveyancing searches are based on past data and when you factor in recent events e g the major flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England are they the best way to determine sufficient information about the Torquay flood risk area?

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Environmental searches applied for by your lawyer in Torquay should also include the far more informative search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

It may be sensible to speak to a neighbour of the property for that further comfort or local Devon flood damage builder, such as: Bay Builders & Home Improvements Ltd, 34 Willow Av, Torquay, TQ28DJ Tel: 01803 203502.

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Fixtures and fittings refer to which items?

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Buyers are regularly frustrated by a lack of clarity over fixtures and fittings. The need to clarify this is frequently disregarded, which makes a fixtures and fittings form so useful.

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Do I need to get a property survey?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recommend that the majority of purchasers in Torquay instruct a RICS surveyor to undertake a survey. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of concerns that have a negative impact on a property, which include unsafe chimney circulation or corrosion of pipework, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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How is stamp duty calculated, and how much should it be on a £858000 Torquay residence?

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Stamp Duty is calculated with reference to the valuation. Stamp duty will be £34320 on a £858000 house or flat.

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Do you work with mortgage lenders with branches in Torquay?

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Of lenders with local offices in or near Torquay, we with the majority. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Torquay include My Claim Solved, 8 St. Pauls Rd, Torquay, TQ13QF.

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Which particular property searches conveyancing searches should my Torquay conveyancing solicitor conduct when buying a Torquay building?

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The routine conveyancing procedure will be to obtain the following Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search, Environmental, Tin Mining Search and China Clay Search and perhaps less common searches, which may include a Subsidence report.