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Conveyancing in Winchcombe Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Winchcombe's nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa at 7 miles and Winchcombe's closest airport is Gloucester Airport (9 miles). Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 13 miles away.

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Local Winchcombe attractions

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Hailes Abbey National Trust Hailes Abbey English Heritage and Little Washbourne St Mary Churches Conservation Trust are near to Winchcombe.

The nearest hospital to Winchcombe is Winchcombe.

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We need to find a property solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing in Winchcombe. What should we check?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many property lawyers purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra costs will be included in the small print which unwary buyers fail to check. Fees found in terms of engagement should be reasonable and be applied only where your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.

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When in the process is it appropriate to find a conveyancing solicitor to handle our transaction?

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Generally, the faster you instruct the better. Promptly instructing a solicitor could mitigate the chance of the purchase or sale stalling.

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If I am intending to purchase near Winchcombe, in the parish of Colesbourne, do we need a chancel search?

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Your solicitor responsible for your move may suggest that a chancel search is taken out. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on the current owners of a property where church councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.

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What is the council tax on a Thirties end of terrace Band A house in Winchcombe?

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Your appropriate council tax band will usually be set out in the conveyancing report on title along with the local council. The latest council tax rates for homes in Winchcombe are tabled online at the Cheltenham council website. At the time of writing on 17 September 2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £988.00
  • Band B - £1,152.00
  • Band C - £1,317.00
  • Band D - £1,481.00
  • Band E - £1,810.00
  • Band F - £2,140.00
  • Band G - £2,469.00
  • Band H - £2,963.00

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What will the Winchcombe property solicitor advise if the house I want to buy is situated in a Cheltenham council conservation area that possibly has unsuitable windows fitted?

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Cheltenham local authority searches conducted by a solicitor during the legal process will determine if the Winchcombe property a conservation area and evidence of the appropriate permissions for additions to the property will be asked for.

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Do your house conveyancing solicitors carry out the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Winchcombe?

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Our recommended conveyancing solicitors frequently act for buyers at auction. Solicitors invariably advise buyers to choose a local lawyer well before the day of the auction to allow time for a review. Q.

As a result of the major flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are wondering whether environmental searches may not be exacting enough?

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Your Winchcombe property lawyer will consider also get informative flood risk searches if the first search spots a significant risk the local Winchcombe flood risk

It is not uncommon for buyers to get in touch with a close neighbour to get further insight.

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Will we need to get a chancel search? I am buying next to a church constructed in the 14th Century in Winchcombe.

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Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a property, but insurance is available should an obligation to fund repairs be enforced. Church properties in Winchcombe which may give rise to chancel liability include St Peter's.

 
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