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Conveyancing in Walsall Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

As reported by the UK 2011 census Walsall, has a population of 449,687 people spread over an area of 45,784 hectares which equals a density of residential population of 9.8 people per hectare.

Walsall is around a mile and a half of the M6 junction entry 10 Northbound.

Walsall's nearest airport is Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport. Birmingham Airport is 15 miles and away and the nearest station to Walsall is Walsall.

Walsall Manor is a nearby hospital for Walsall.

Q.

We need affordable conveyancing in Walsall. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

A.

The lack of clarity surrounding this matter affects many sellers and buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many property lawyers advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra fees are often hiding in the small print. Any extra charges included in terms of engagement needs to be fair and reasonable. They only apply in cases where the solicitor is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

Q.

Does my Walsall conveyancing solicitor report back to me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band A building before completion?

A.

The lawyer will write to the appropriate Walsall local authority to reveal the current council tax charges which will then be detailed in the title report.

The correct rates for residents of Walsall are tabled on the Walsall local authority website. At the time of authoring on 10 December 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,021.00
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  • Band B - £1,191.00
  • Band C - £1,362.00
  • Band D - £1,532.00
  • Band E - £1,872.00
  • Band F - £2,213.00
  • Band G - £2,553.00
  • Band H - £3,064.00

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Walsall?

A.

Walsall is located in Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, The Civic Centre, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 1TP, contact: 01922 650 000

Q.

Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Walsall, and are they thoroughly investigated?

A.

Land is contaminated by several natural causes and human activities, such as landfill sites and a proximate telecommunications base station. An environmental search will give more detail.

Q.

Do we need to be nervous about gazumping?

A.

Gazumping occurs when a buyer's offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the property seller, selecting instead a second purchaser's offer. The risk of gazumping is present in any transaction. Instructing a proactive solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

Q.

Do fixtures and fittings include things like tables?

A.

There is not a legal definition of fixtures and fittings, resulting in considerable confusion once the buyer moves in and some items are missing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

Q.

What searches does a Walsall property lawyer order for a Walsall house?

A.

The standard procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search and Limestone Search and perhaps less common searches, which may include a Cheshire Brine Search.

Q.

What type of conveyancing searches as respects the risk and history of possible flooding in the Birmingham and the Black Country area will my conveyancer in Walsall carry out on a Regency building we are buying?

A.

A qualified conveyancer makes an application for formal property conveyancing searches that should include Walsall flood risk data.

 
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