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Conveyancing in Wareham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

The nearest station to Wareham is Wareham Dorset, almost a mile away. Wareham's nearest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (14 miles).

Wareham Community is the most convenient hospital to Wareham.

Q.

How do we find affordable conveyancing in Wareham?

A.

Various property lawyers advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. The conveyancing quote should list any disbursements.

Q.

What can a Wareham property solicitor do if the property we want to buy is in a registered conservation area and has unlawful artificial stone cladding fitted?

A.

Purbeck planning authority searches carried out by your solicitor as part of the conveyancing will verify whether the property is in a designated conservation area proof of planning authority consent for additions to the property will be required.

Q.

Will the report on the property's title compiled by the property solicitor in Wareham advise on the relevant rates of council tax for a house prior to completion?

A.

Your property lawyer will contact the Purbeck local authority to ascertain the applicable council tax rates, which will then be included in the title report. The latest tax rates for homes in Wareham are set out at the Purbeck council website. At the time of authoring, 11 June 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,086.00
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  • Band B - £1,267.00
  • Band C - £1,448.00
  • Band D - £1,629.00
  • Band E - £1,991.00
  • Band F - £2,353.00
  • Band G - £2,715.00
  • Band H - £3,258.00

Q.

How much does our conveyancing searches cost?

A.

With a Homeward Legal solicitor, you will be expected to pay at a maximum £249 for a standard search bundle.

Q.

Would you advise looking into how to avoid paying stamp duty land tax?

A.

Homeward Legal do not recommend clients arrange any form of stamp duty mitigation, as such schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

Q.

Is it important that I get searches for chancel liability? We are purchasing next to a church in Wareham.

A.

In Wareham, some owners can be required to cover the cost of maintenance of nearby church property. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a Wareham property, but an indemnity policy may be available to protect the new owners. Church properties in the local area where a chancel search may be appropriate include Lady St Mary and St Martin.

Q.

If I plan to purchase in the parish of Poole St James, should we get a chancel search?

A.

The conveyancing solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be taken out. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on current owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

Q.

What sort of exploration into the risk of a flood in the Dorset area will the conveyancing solicitor in Wareham check?

A.

An important component in the legal due diligence process involves a solicitor conducting conveyancing searches that set out details with regard to Wareham historical flood risk.

 
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