Conveyancing In Westbury On Trym Q & A's
We are interested in purchasing in Westbury On Trym. Can we check that the house is in a designated conservation area?
The streets and neighbourhoods around Westbury On Trym will include several conservation areas. A solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have and advise further.
Does my assigned Westbury On Trym solicitor tell me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band H apartment before completing on the purchase?
The conveyancer will speak to the governing council to ascertain the most up to date council tax rates, which will subsequently be included in the conveyancer's title report. Council tax charges for homes in Westbury On Trym are listed at the Bristol council site. At the time of writing (22 January 2013) band rates are:
- Band A - £1,047.00
- Band B - £1,221.00
- Band C - £1,395.00
- Band D - £1,570.00
- Band E - £1,919.00
- Band F - £2,267.00
- Band G - £2,616.00
- Band H - £3,140.00
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
Do fixtures and fittings include things like door handles?
Mainly, fixtures are fixed to walls, floors or ceilings securely, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. This is an issue which is regularly overlooked, which makes a fixtures and fittings form so useful.
When is it wise to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Westbury On Trym?
With few exceptions, instructing as early as possible is better. Promptly instructing a conveyancing solicitor for a sale enables information, especially from slow third-parties, can be requested even prior to accepting an offer, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Westbury On Trym solicitor ready when you make an offer.
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.