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Conveyancing in West Midlands Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/04/17

The nearest station to West Midlands is Stechford, around 1 mile away and Birmingham Airport is 5 miles from West Midlands. Coventry Airport is 17 miles and Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 19 miles away.

Drivers are well served with West Midlands having very convenient motorway access very close at under 3m of the M6 Junction 6 Southbound.

Heartlands , Birmingham is a nearby hospital to West Midlands.

Q.

Can you confirm your cheapest fee for a £170k house? We are trying to find an affordable conveyancing estimate.

A.

Many firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing. However additional charges can increase your final invoice. Additionals included in the solicitor's terms ought to be reasonable. A quote for conveyancing in West Midlands should state costs to be paid to third parties, like the local authority, (disbursments).We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

We are purchasing a home in the West Midlands. Should we get a chancel search?

A.

The property lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered, regardless of the parish in which the home being purchased is located. In older areas of West Midlands, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on current owners of a home where church councils may have not done so in the past.

Q.

What will the council tax cost for a new build Band F maisonette in West Midlands?

A.

Your pertinent band will in most cases be identified in the title report along with the local council. The latest tax rates for properties in West Midlands are listed online at the Shropshire local authority site. At the time of authoring (05 June 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,000.00
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  • Band B - £1,167.00
  • Band C - £1,333.00
  • Band D - £1,500.00
  • Band E - £1,833.00
  • Band F - £2,167.00
  • Band G - £2,500.00
  • Band H - £3,000.00

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Should I get a local property surveyor to check for defects affecting the West Midlands house purchase?

A.

It is strongly suggested that West Midlands buyers order a property survey. Numerous defects have a negative impact on a property, including blocked drains or poor ventilation, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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If we are buying in the West Midlands, do we need to get a chancel search?

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the local Parochial Church Council. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. The solicitor acting on your behalf will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate.

Q.

Does the West Midlands include many designated conservation areas?

A.

Conservation areas qualify neighbourhoods registered as being of historical merit. Widemarsh Common, Fellows Street and Granville Road are among the conservation areas in the West Midlands. A conveyancing lawyer will address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area.

Q.

Is West Midlands top-soil possibly contaminated by copper?

A.

Measures are taken around the West Midlands to identify and remediate topsoil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including herbicides and groundwater contamination.

Q.

Is a Local Authority search a fee or a disbursement?

A.

Unscrupulous firms pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may be unclear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, meaning the conveyancing solicitor passes on the charge at cost.

 
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