Is there an authority that has any comprehensive published record about the Woodford Bridge conservation areas?
Following a campaign, English Heritage administer a detailed list in relation to the condition of conservation areas as well as the exposure to standards slipping. Conservation area concerns including private spaces, loft extensions or poorly maintained pavements are handled by the local Epping Forest planning authority.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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Which local authority is responsible for Woodford Bridge?
Woodford Bridge is located in East Hertfordshire District Council, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2EN, Tel: 01279 655 264
Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
Does my Woodford Bridge conveyancing solicitor order any conveyancing searches on the Essex Edwardian semi-detached property I want to buy?
The normal legal protocol is to get these searches - Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and occasionally area-specific searches, like a Utilities report.
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How does my Woodford Bridge property lawyer report back on the risk and history of a flood in the Woodford Bridge region?
An essential component in the legal due diligence process of purchasing a property involves a lawyer carrying out environmental searches that set out information with respect to Woodford Bridge area flood risk.