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Conveyancing in Westcliff On Sea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

The nearest airport to Westcliff On Sea is London, Southend Airport (2 miles). London Airport is 3 miles and Rochester Airport is 16 miles away and Westcliff-on-Sea train station is about a mile from Westcliff On Sea.

Phoenix Westcliff is the closest hospital to Westcliff On Sea.

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We are looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Westcliff On Sea. How do I get a quote?

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The lack of clarity surrounding this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing. However extra fees can inflate your solicitor's invoice. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Which local authority is responsible for Westcliff On Sea?

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Westcliff On Sea is located in Southend on Sea Borough Council, Ground Floor, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Essex, SS2 6ER, contact: 01702 215 000

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What is the council tax on a Fifties converted property in Westcliff On Sea?

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Customarily the report on title will provide the Southend-on-Sea council tax band. Council tax rates for properties in Westcliff On Sea are set out in detail at the Southend-on-Sea council website. At the time of writing on 18/02/2013 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £883.00
  • Band B - £1,030.00
  • Band C - £1,177.00
  • Band D - £1,324.00
  • Band E - £1,619.00
  • Band F - £1,913.00
  • Band G - £2,207.00
  • Band H - £2,649.00

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In respect of the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since 1920, I am thinking that environmental searches aren't detailed enough?

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Flood searches applied for by your Westcliff On Sea conveyancer should include the more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.

If you remain still concerned you could visit a neighbour.

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How many weeks can conveyancing take, on average? The property is also local.

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For the majority of home movers, the length of time taken to transact a house may vary, affected by a broad set of aspects which may include whether a mortgage lender requires particular searches. For most firms in England and Wales, the average is between 8 to 12 weeks, whereas our solicitors take a more proactive attitude, pushing a transaction to complete within 8 weeks if possible.

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What kind of local environmental searches about the risk of possible flooding at Essex will a solicitor in Westcliff On Sea actually conduct?

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A key part of the conveyancing process involved in buying a home involves the conveyancing solicitor making an application for environmental searches that offer detail with respect to Westcliff On Sea flood risk area data. Depending on the results, a Westcliff On Sea solicitor may possibly advocate a substantially more local flood risk search.

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How is contaminated land in Westcliff On Sea investigated when buying a house?

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Property could be contaminated by a broad range of factors caused by man and by nature, and factors including landfill sites should be considered as part of the appropriate search.

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Is it a bad idea to get out of paying for stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Homeward Legal do not recommend purchasers undertake any form of stamp duty reduction scheme. Such schemes are often uneconomical and often likely to fail.