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Conveyancing in Wiltshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/07/17

Warminster station is around 8 miles from Wiltshire. Wiltshire's closest airport is Bristol Airport.

Green Lane Devizes is the most convenient hospital for Wiltshire.

Q.

How do we find affordable conveyancing in Wiltshire?

A.

Many firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. Your quote ought to define third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Extra costs listed in the terms ought to be fair and reasonable.

Q.

To complete on our leasehold property purchase ASAP, can we guarantee fast conveyancing in Wiltshire?

A.

Primarily, finding a experienced solicitor is the key to buying faster. There are a number of tasks you as the purchaser can do to accelerate the process. These include:

  • contacting your solicitor regularly
  • promptly answering your solicitor's questions
  • arranging your mortgage offer

Q.

We are buying on a recently-developed brownfield site. Supposedly beryllium (Be) soil contamination may be an issue.

A.

Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Wiltshire, soil contamination cannot be totally avoided. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as sewage and disinfection by-products, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

Should I get a chancel search? We are buying a flat conversion in Wiltshire.

A.

The Law Lords decision in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. Some names or words such as 'glebe' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply.

Q.

How is contaminated land in Wiltshire checked?

A.

A range of contaminants caused by natural causes and human activities can affect property in Wiltshire, such as local waste transfer sites. An environmental search will give more information.

Q.

Are there any conservation areas in the area?

A.

With over 9,000 affected areas throughout the country, the regions in or near Wiltshire will include numerous areas of conservation. You may wish to contact the local authority for more information, but your property solicitor will investigate the impact of conservation areas or other planning restrictions.

Q.

Does our property solicitor in Wiltshire inform me about the amount to be paid of council tax for a Band E apartment before completing on the purchase?

A.

A lawyer will contact the governing Wiltshire local authority to ask about the latest council tax band and rates, which should then be detailed in the title report.

Correct rates for homes in Wiltshire are detailed online at the Wiltshire council site. At the time of writing on 25 December 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,010.00
  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,347.00
  • Band D - £1,515.00
  • Band E - £1,852.00
  • Band F - £2,189.00
  • Band G - £2,525.00
  • Band H - £3,031.00

Q.

I plan to purchase a home in the parish of Shalbourne. Will we need a chancel search?

A.

Regardless of the Wiltshire parish in which you are buying, the solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search is taken out. Chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have spared previous owners or tenants. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

 
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