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Conveyancing in West Sussex Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in West Sussex -

By road: West Sussex is served by the A3(M), A3, A24, A27, A29, A272, A281, A283, A285 and A286. By rail: The largest train stations in West Sussex are: Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Littlehampton, Pulborough, and Worthing. By air: Using Horsham as a starting point, West Sussex is accessible from: Brighton City Airport (13 miles), Chichester/Goodwood Airport (18), London Gatwick Airport (29), Redhill Aerodrome (34), Blackbushe Airport (44), and London Biggin Hill Airport (49 miles).

Hospitals (representative): Bognor War Memorial, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, PO22 9PP Crawley, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7DH Horsham, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DR Chichester, Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB Midhurst Community, Polsley Lane, Easebourne, Midhurst, GU29 9AW St. Richard’s, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, PO19 6SE Worthing, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, BN11 2DH

Council: West Sussex County (www.westsussex.gov.uk).

Attractions: South Downs National Park, Arundel Castle, Thorney Island, Petworth House, Weald and Downland Living Museum, Cissbury Ring, Wakehurst Place, Highdown Gardens, The Novium, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Cathedral, Goodwood Racecourse, and Arundel Cathedral.

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Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on auction-conveyancing in West Sussex?

Yes. Our team regularly prepares legal packs for vendors and often do the conveyancing for buyers at auction. Our niche auction team of property solicitors have worked for numerous vendors at national and local auctions. Shrewd purchasers know to choose a conveyancing firm as quickly as they can so there is time for a thorough review of all the documentation prior to the auction. Afterwards, a conveyancing lawyer must be geared up to finish the legal side of things in under the 28-day timeframe, as typically required by the terms and conditions of sale. If you want to talk to someone at Homeward Legal, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote.

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Please can you recommend a way to circumvent the payment of the stamp duty on our £873,000 purchase in Pulborough?

Homeward Legal does not recommend you getting involved in any form of stamp duty avoidance scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and very risky, and could cost you thousands of pounds in penalties later on. The government occasionally runs schemes to assist in the purchase of a house or flat, such as a reduction in stamp duty for first-time buyers. Your solicitor can tell you if any such schemes are currently operating, and whether you are eligible to take advantage of them.

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Will we need to get a chancel search for a house I am buying in West Sussex, which is close to a vicarage?

There are thousands of parishes across England and Wales. Owners of property within some of these may be required to subsidise the repair of a local church, if the Parochial Church Council in West Sussex has registered their interest. While this has simplified the chancel search process, it is not always obvious whether you are liable. In some cases, a council may have registered an interest, but not passed on the liability to former owners. This should not be taken as a guide that you won’t be asked to pay the cancel repair bill in the future. Your solicitor will be able to provide you with advice on the chancel liability and whether it would be opportune to take out an indemnity insurance policy.

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Can we check whether the house we are buying in Crawley is in a conservation area or not?

Conservation areas protect locations of architectural significance, such as historic town-centres. If your house is in a conservation area, there will be possible restrictions applied to what you can do to the external parts of the building (e.g. replacement of windows, or putting up a satellite dish). In addition, some trees and plants may also have constraints applied to them. The benefits of such restrictions will include a more attractive neighbourhood, but they can make repairs more costly or time-consuming.

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We are in a contract-race situation in West Sussex, and need to guarantee fast conveyancing, but what can we do to speed it up?

Finding an experienced solicitor is crucial to increasing the pace of the conveyancing process. When identifying an appropriate solicitor, you should consider these points:

  • Will they order searches immediately?
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post, which could be emailed or faxed

At Homeward Legal, our proactive solicitors are trained to communicate along the entirety of the property chain, removing obstacles and lessening the impact of any problems that are likely to surface. They are backed up by the use of state-of-the-art systems integrated with bodies such as HMRC and local councils, which makes the fact-finding task far swifter. You might like to try our quote calculator, or, to talk through your needs with someone and to receive your fixed-fee quote, call our experts on 0800 038 6699.

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How will the lawyer advise us on the flood-risk in West Sussex?

An essential component in the legal due-diligence process involves your solicitor applying for environmental searches that provide you with specific information in relation to flooding in West Sussex. Should the level of risk be deemed significant enough, your solicitor might suggest obtaining a more in-depth flood search, which is a disbursement passed on to you at cost.

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How long does the conveyancing legal work take for a property in West Sussex?

Generally speaking, the number of weeks taken to transact a property is unpredictable, and it is dependent on a broad set of issues that inevitably arise in such a complex process. With our solicitors at Homeward Legal, each client is managed with the utmost care and speed, without compromising on service and quality.

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How much will the fees for searches for a home in West Sussex amount to?

The cost of conveyancing searches in West Sussex will noticeably vary, and will also be dependent on your lender's requirements, if you are taking out a mortgage. These searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged at cost. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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The owner has unfortunately installed inappropriate doors on the house which might possibly breach the Southlands conservation area guidelines.

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Your property lawyer is required to verify if the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have essential consents.

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What can the fees for searches come to?

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The cost of conveyancing searches in West Sussex noticeably varies, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. These searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged at cost.

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I really need to exchange on the legal work on a leasehold apartment in under 30 days - are Homeward Legal very fast West Sussex solicitors ?

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Frankly a lot of lawyers are just too slow creating huge stress to the expensive and drawn out process of moving. Our lawyers method is to employ state of the art document production systems .

Crucially , we give you a conveyancing solicitor incentivised to communicate from the beginning to the end of the buyer and seller chain .

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What are West Sussex's 'conveyancing searches'?

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Conveyancing searches are common set of enquiries requested by your conveyancing solicitor with a particular authority. Buyers in West Sussex should consider that, searches cover solely issues and defects relating to the property's legal title.

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Can we check if the house we are buying is in a conservation area?

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These areas protect areas of historic or architectural significance. Conservation areas in West Sussex include Southlands. The benefits of such restrictions will include a more attractive neighbourhood, but they can make repairs more costly or time-consuming.

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Nationwide is our lender - is there anything I need to check?

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When arranging a mortgage, your lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. In some cases, lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. We are able to act for most lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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Why does the purchase conveyancing process in West Sussex require so much time and effort?

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Conveyancing will occasionally be held up. We understand how unnecessarily stressful these delays can be and aim to minimise their effect where feasible to do so by driving the transaction forward. Common delays can include waiting for responses from third parties.