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Conveyancing in Winchelsea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

The nearest station to Winchelsea is Winchelsea. The nearest airport to Winchelsea is Lydd Airport.

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Winchelsea attractions

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Lamb House National Trust , Icklesham Sussex Windmill and Camber Castle English Heritage are easily accessible from Winchelsea.

The nearest hospital to Winchelsea is St Leonards on Sea, Sussex.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I need fixed rate Winchelsea conveyancing.

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This point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra costs will be included in the terms, left unread by preoccupied buyers Additional charges ought to be fair and reasonable. Based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

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The property being bought is on a brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Most soils in Winchelsea have some degree of contamination, from industry, agriculture and the natural environment . Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contaminants like oil.

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Will my assigned Winchelsea conveyancing solicitor in form me about the cost of the council tax on a Band C property prior to completion?

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A solicitor will consult with the Rother local council to reveal the most up to date council tax rates, which will then be included in the conveyancing report on title. The latest council tax charges for residents of Winchelsea are tabled online at the Rother local authority site. As of 06 September 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,059.00
  • Band B - £1,236.00
  • Band C - £1,412.00
  • Band D - £1,589.00
  • Band E - £1,942.00
  • Band F - £2,295.00
  • Band G - £2,648.00
  • Band H - £3,178.00

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What is gazumping?

Gazumping arises when a property seller agrees to one buyer's offer, only to reject it, opting for a second buyer's offer. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor early.

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How many weeks can the legal work to buy property need, on average? The house being transacted is also in the area.

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For the majority of property purchasers, the amount of time required to buy or sell a residence varies, with reference to a range of legal considerations. 8 to 12 weeks is the average for many firms, we however take a more proactive attitude, pushing a transaction to complete within 8 weeks if possible.

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I am buying a church rectory in the parish of Frant. Will a chancel search be important?

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The solicitor could advise that a chancel search is taken out, irrespective of the parish in which the house being purchased is located. In Winchelsea's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. For property in the parish of Frant, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Flood searches are compiled from past data and when you factor in climate change for instance the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began, are they the ideal way to report enough about the ever changing Winchelsea flood risk area?

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Environmental searches conducted by a solicitor in Winchelsea should include a more specialist search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you are still anxious it may be worth trying to get in touch with a next door neighbour or regional East Sussex flooding repair expert, e.g. Jim Soan & Sons Ltd, Fairview/Sea Rd, Winchelsea Beach, Winchelsea, TN36 4LA Tel: 01797 222332.

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I am purchasing a home, do we need 'conveyancing searches'?

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These searches are a standard set of queries performed on behalf of the party intending to buy the property, which may include a local authority search. You should be aware that, conveyancing searches only relate to issues and defects relating to the property's legal title.

 
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