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Conveyancing in Whitley Bay Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Whitley Bay attractions

St Mary Lighthouse Lighthouse, Tynemouth Priory and Castle English Heritage and Rising Sun Country Park are close to Whitley Bay.

The closest airport to Whitley Bay is Newcastle Airport (10 miles). and the closest station to Whitley Bay is Cramlington, almost 6 miles away.

The nearest hospital is North Shields, North Tyneside General.

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We need discount conveyancing, we are on a tight budget.

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Numerous firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs can increase your solicitor's invoice.

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Do I need to get a chancel liability search? I am purchasing close to a 12th Century priory in Whitley Bay.

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Chancel repair liability can require some residential property owners to contribute towards maintenance of an old church building. Several sources are used to determine liability in Whitley Bay, including parish archives. Church of England properties in the local area where a chancel search may be appropriate include Monkseaton St Mary, St Alban and St Paul, Cullercoats.

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In the next month we are going to be moving out of our detached building in Whitley Bay to a home in Whickham . What is the right point to appoint a removals firm?

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Best practice is for buyers to put off arranging a removal firm until such time as you have confirmed your move date that takes place after signing of contracts. For a local Tyne And Wear company Roseby Keith, 4 Gordon Terrace, Whitley Bay, NE26 2NH Phone: 0191 290 3442 or Hussey Removals, 5 Windsor Av, Whitley Bay, NE26 2NU Tel: 0191 252 1140.

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What precautions can we take to defer paying stamp duty in Whitley Bay?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally payable for property purchases valued at over £125,000. We strongly advise against any stamp duty scheme. Such schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

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In relation to the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England we are questioning whether conveyancing searches may not be sufficient?

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The conveyancing solicitor in Whitley Bay will advise you to include environmental searches if the standard search identifies any kind of Whitley Bay flood risk area

You could get in touch with a neighbour or local resident for that more confidence.

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Which body has overall responsibility for checking the status of neglect Whitley Bay and Whitley Bay conservation areas?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage maintain a list of the state of conservation areas as well as the exposure to deterioration or improvement. Conservation areas are created by North Tyneside who oversee conservation area concerns from including things like traffic signs, coloured road surfaces and paths and footpaths.

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How long may we allow for the legal work to buy a house usually take, in your experience?

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The number of weeks needed to transact a home is not wholly predictable, dependent on a handful of concerns. Our conveyancing solicitors work hard to ensure every purchase receives fast and efficient service.

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Should we order a chancel search if we are buying in the parish of Whitley Bay?

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A solicitor may suggest a chancel search. In Whitley Bay's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on the owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so.