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Conveyancing in Woodbridge Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

The closest airport to Woodbridge is Elmsett, Whatfield Rd Airport. Clacton Airport is 23 miles and Elmsett Airport is 15 miles away and Woodbridge's nearest train station is Woodbridge at 1 mile s.

Kesgrave Day Ipswich is a nearby hospital to Woodbridge.

Q.

How do we get affordable conveyancing?

A.

Many solicitors offer theoretically cheap conveyancing. However extra fees will be included in the small print. A quote should state the disbursements to be paid. Additional charges which are listed in terms of engagement should be clearly defined and be applied only where the lawyer is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

Q.

When I am purchasing in Woodbridge next to a rectory built in the 1400s, is it recommended that we get a chancel liability search?

A.

Where land in Woodbridge was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to cover the cost of repairs to a local church. A chancel search checks that such a liability exists. The solicitor handling your conveyancing will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Woodbridge church properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include All Saints, St John the Evangelist and St Mary the Virgin.

Q.

What will the council tax cost on a Thirties Band C apartment in Woodbridge?

A.

The respective band should usually be reported as part of the title report along with the local council. The correct charges for Woodbridge are tabled online at the Suffolk Coastal council site. As at (25 August 2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £994.00
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  • Band B - £1,160.00
  • Band C - £1,325.00
  • Band D - £1,491.00
  • Band E - £1,823.00
  • Band F - £2,154.00
  • Band G - £2,485.00
  • Band H - £2,982.00

Q.

At what point do you need to find a solicitor in Woodbridge?

A.

Simply, the earlier in the process you can instruct a solicitor, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks which may be performed immediately. Prompt instruction of a solicitor can limit the risk of the sale or purchase falling though.

Q.

Which government authority looks after for watching over the state of the conservation areas in Woodbridge and Woodbridge?

A.

Conservation areas are created by Suffolk Coastal who maintain the state of the area including things like billboards, side extensions and private spaces. Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled records about the state of repair of conservation areas in addition to the risk of deterioration or improvement.

Q.

My local agent has named a property solicitor who they generally use. Do I need to use this solicitor?

A.

If you instruct a firm referred this way, you may have the benefit of the agent's willingness to induce a solicitor to complete sooner. These referrals must be carefully considered, as some agents choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Can you state how we bypass paying SDLT?

A.

Stamp duty mitigation is not advised when buying in Woodbridge. Such schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will then be due.

Q.

What kind of local checks about the risk of local flooding to properties in Suffolk will the Woodbridge conveyancing solicitor actually apply for?

A.

A key component in the legal procedure involves the lawyer carrying out environmental searches that set out specific information in relation to Woodbridge area flood risk. A significantly more thorough set of searches (e.g. Landmark) will sometimes be suggested by the conveyancer in Woodbridge, if in the event that the enviro. search reveal any risk of flooding.

 
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