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Conveyancing in Whittlesey Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

Whittlesey's nearest airport is Cambridge City Airport. The closest train station to Whittlesey is Whittlesea.

Peterborough District is a relatively close hospital.

Q.

On the purchase of a £651,000 property, what will be the fees? I need to find fixed rate conveyancing.

A.

This topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing', however additional fees are often hiding in the terms and conditions. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Your conveyancing quote should, in addition, define applicable disbursements.

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How frequent is gazumping?

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This happens when a home owner accepts the first purchaser's offer and later dismisses it. Instead, they then go for another buyer's offer. There is almost always a chance of gazumping. Consider instructing your solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

Q.

What actual property conveyancing searches should a property lawyer in Whittlesey order when instructed on a Whittlesey building?

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The conventional procedure is to get Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, unique particular such as Commons Registration (CON290).

Q.

How is contaminated land in Whittlesey checked?

A.

Residential property in Whittlesey may be contaminated by a wide range of naturally-occurring factors. Contaminants like limestone or gypsum quarrying will be investigated during the conveyancing process.

Q.

We are buying a £1160000. What will be calculated for Stamp Duty Land Tax?

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The Stamp Duty payable is based on the valuation. For a property purchased for £1160000, stamp duty will be £58000.*

*Accurate as of February 2013

Q.

In about 6 weeks we are expecting to be moving from our detached house near Whittlesey into a new property in Waterbeach . What is the right point to book a home removal company?

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Most solicitors tend to advise that you delay organising removals until such time as exchange of contracts because an absolute date will not have been accepted by both parties. Speak to 1st Movers, 14 High Causeway, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1AE Phone: 01733 688211 or Whittlesey Removals, West End, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1HR Tel: 01733 208495.

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What does a Whittlesey property lawyer recommend if the house I am intending to buy is situated in a Peterborough local authority conservation area which has an un-consented PVC windows fitted to it?

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Local authority searches conducted by your Whittlesey conveyancing solicitor as part of the conveyancing should ascertain if the property is within a designated conservation area and evidence of the appropriate permissions for changes to the property will be requested.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Fifties detached home in Whittlesey?

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Ordinarily, a conveyancing report on title should give the Peterborough council tax band.

Up-to-date charges for Whittlesey are published on the Peterborough local authority website. On (11 March 2013) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £913.00
  • Band B - £1,065.00
  • Band C - £1,217.00
  • Band D - £1,369.00
  • Band E - £1,673.00
  • Band F - £1,978.00
  • Band G - £2,282.00
  • Band H - £2,738.00