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Conveyancing in Virginia Water Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

The nearest station to Virginia Water is Longcross, almost 1 mile away and Virginia Water's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 8 miles, London Heliport Airport is 19 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 12 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 8 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 21 mile s, White Waltham Airport is 11 miles s, Blackbushe Airport is 13 miles and Booker Airport is 17 miles away.

Virginia Water is nearby at 1.5m of junction entry 2 Southbound of the M3.

Runnymede is the most convenient hospital for Virginia Water.

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We are trying to find a lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing in Virginia Water, we are on a tight budget.

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Many firms purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, however additional fees are frequently hidden in small print. Chargeswhich are listed in terms of engagement should be clearly defined. They only be applied if your lawyer is required to complete extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements should also be included on any quote for conveyancing in Virginia WaterThe Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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How is contaminated land in Virginia Water identified during the conveyancing process?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by natural causes has the potential to affect property. Contaminants like waste disposal sites and shallow mining will be considered as part of the environmental searches.

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Why does conveyancing legal work take months to complete?

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The legal work required to buy or sell property can potentially be delayed, Homeward Legal, however, know how much extra stress these can cause and work hard to minimise the impact of these delays if it is possible to do so.

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We plan to purchase a converted chapel in the parish of Kew. Should we order a chancel search?

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Regardless of the Virginia Water parish in which you are buying, the solicitor responsible for your move may suggest that a chancel search is taken out. In Virginia Water's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on owners of a building where church councils have previously chosen not to do so. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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What can a Virginia Water property lawyer do when the property we are planning to buy is inside a conservation area and has unsuitable artificial stone cladding fitted?

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Your instructed property lawyer to see whether the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so, whether any modifications have necessary consents from the local authority.Should no appropriate permissions be produced, your conveyancing solicitor will give you professional advice on the options like requesting an indemnity insurance policy or requesting retrospective permission from the planning authority.

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When we are buying a apartment close by land owned by the church in Virginia Water, will I need to get a chancel search?

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The result of a court case between a parish council and owners of neighbouring farmland liable for church repairs reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must cover the cost of church repairs. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Ecclesiastical properties in this area include Christ Church.

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I am buying a sixties building in a Virginia Water conservation area, where can I find more data concerning the state of repair?

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Local conservation areas are specified by the local Runnymede planning authority, who regulate everything from private spaces to the policing of neon signs. English Heritage, a government body, have produced a detailed list about the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability to deterioration.

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Can you confirm how to get out of paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty is usually payable for homes over £125,000. We do not recommend conveyancing clients undertake any stamp duty reduction, as such schemes are expensive and very risky. There have been several official schemes, such as for first-time buyers. Your solicitor will advise as to your eligibility.