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Conveyancing in Woodbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Woodbury's nearest airport is Exeter International Airport (4 miles). Woodbury's closest station is Exton at 2 miles.

Exmouth is a nearby hospital to Woodbury.

Q.

How do I get low cost conveyancing?

A.

Many law firms offer cheap conveyancing, however additional charges will be included in small print which unwary homeowners fail to check. Any disbursements ought to be listed on the conveyancing quote. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Are buyers frequently gazumped in Woodbury?

A.

The convention of rejecting a previously accepted offer when a better offer is made by a second buyer is called gazumping. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a property solicitor as soon as you can.

Q.

Do I need a chancel search? I am buying in Woodbury.

A.

The Law Lords decision in a court case between a parish council and owners of neighbouring farmland liable for church repairs reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must fund church repairs. After the passing of an Act in 2002, interest over any affected land in Woodbury must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Church lands in the area include St Swithun.

Q.

What will the council tax cost on a residential Band C maisonette in Woodbury?

Your homes band will usually be given in the conveyancer's title report, as well as by the local authority. Up-to-date charges for residents of Woodbury are listed at the East Devon council site. At the time of authoring, 30 June 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,005.00
  • Band B - £1,172.00
  • Band C - £1,340.00
  • Band D - £1,507.00
  • Band E - £1,842.00
  • Band F - £2,177.00
  • Band G - £2,512.00
  • Band H - £3,014.00

Q.

I plan to purchase a house in Tetcott. Will a chancel search be required?

A.

Your conveyancing lawyer might recommend that a chancel search be taken out. In Woodbury's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.

Q.

Would you address looking into how to avoid paying out for SDLT rates?

A.

SDLT usually must be paid on home purchases priced at over 125,000 pounds. We strongly advise against any stamp duty reduction, as such schemes are costly and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty tax may be payable.

Q.

Which environmental factors will contaminate land in Woodbury, and should they be a problem?

A.

A wide range of contaminants could impact land in Woodbury. Issues like environmental radon sources should be considered as part of the appropriate search.

Q.

What can a Woodbury property lawyer do when the property I am intending to buy is within a conservation area and has unauthorised satellite dishes added?

A.

East Devon council search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should see if the property is inside a conservation area and any evidence of the appropriate permissions for changes to the property will be required.

 
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