Conveyancing In Wingate Q & A's
We are buying on a new-build brownfield land. Is manganese (Mn) topsoil contamination likely?
Restrictions exist to prevent future soil contamination, but some will remain in the environment for decades. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as trichloroethylene and groundwater contaminants like industrial chemicals.
Our estate agent in Wingate has offered a property solicitor which they often use. Will it be more cost-effective to instruct them?
It is common practice for agents in Wingate to recommend one or more conveyancing firms. However, if they are paid a referral fee, there is a risk that an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.
Which parts of Wingate are covered by a conservation area?
Conservation areas denote areas recorded as being of special architectural or historic interest. The local council will advise further about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase address the impact buying in a conservation area may have.
How can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
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