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Conveyancing in Wadhurst Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/04/18

Wadhurst's closest train station is Wadhurst at 1 mile s. Wadhurst's nearest airport is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport. Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Rochester Airport is 22 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 23 miles away.

Nuffield Tunbridge Wells is the nearest hospital.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I need to find low cost conveyancing.

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Many homeowners seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. These terms are often ignored by excited homeowners, eager to get underway. Your conveyancing quote ought to define any disbursements. Additional fees should be clearly defined.

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How early should I speak to a solicitor?

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In the vast majority of cases, earlier is preferable. Prompt instruction of a firm to act for you on your Wadhurst transaction for a sale enables relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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We are intending to buy in Wadhurst. How can we check that the property is in a conservation area?

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There are several conservation areas in or near Wadhurst. You may wish to contact the local council for more information, but your solicitor will address this during the conveyancing process.

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What type of flood plain searches as respects the uncertain risk of a flood in the East Sussex region will the solicitor in Wadhurst be able to apply for?

An essential step in the legal procedure involves a conveyancer making an application for property environmental searches that give you specific information with respect to Wadhurst flooding. A significantly more involved conveyancing search (e.g. Landmark) may be recommended by a Wadhurst lawyer if the results of the environmental search show that there is flood risk to the property.

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Which local authority looks after Wadhurst?

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Wadhurst is located in Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX, phone: 01323 443 322

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What can a Wadhurst conveyancing solicitor do if the property we are intending to buy is in a local authority conservation area and has unsanctioned windows added?

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Local authority LLC1 searches conducted by your Wadhurst property lawyer as part of the conveyancing will check if the Wadhurst property a conservation area proof of council approval for additions to the property will be asked for.Should no local authority consents be in evidence your solicitor will inform you of the best alternative like requesting an indemnity policy or seeking retrospective consent.

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Which actual searches will a Wadhurst property solicitor conduct when buying a Wadhurst building?

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The normal legal protocol is to get Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environment Search and Gypsum and occasionally specific searches such as Commons Search.

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Does the report on title compiled by the property lawyer in Wadhurst provide details about the cost of council tax on a Band B maisonette prior to completion?

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The property lawyer will consult with the council to reveal the appropriate council tax charges which will then be written in the conveyancer's title report.

Correct rates for Wadhurst are published on the Wealden council site. Currently, 28 September 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,088.00
  • Band B - £1,270.00
  • Band C - £1,451.00
  • Band D - £1,632.00
  • Band E - £1,995.00
  • Band F - £2,358.00
  • Band G - £2,721.00
  • Band H - £3,265.00