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Conveyancing in Worcester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Worcester -

By road: Worcester is served by the M5, A44, A422 and A449. By rail: The nearest train station is Worcester Foregate. By air: Worcester is closest to Gloucestershire Airport (24 miles), Birmingham Airport (38), and Coventry Airport (50).

Hospital: Worcester Royal, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, WR5 1DD. Council: Worcester City (www.worcester.gov.uk).

Attractions: Hanbury Hall, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Woods Country Park, Museum of Royal Worcester, and Worcester Racecourse.

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Do Homeward Legal look after the legal conveyancing of residential property auctions in Worcester?

Our company often work for buyers and sellers at both local and national auctions. Canny buyers will choose a suitable conveyancing company as early as practicable for a thorough investigation of the property's legal title well in advance of the auction. This means that they will be able to complete the conveyancing work well within the four-week timescale expected of auctions.

For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert auction team on 0800 038 6699. All our quotes are backed up with a 'No Move, No Fee' guarantee.

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We are purchasing a residence in the parish of Staunton; is a chancel search necessary?

The solicitor responsible for your move might suggest that a chancel search is necessary. Chancel repair can be imposed on the owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. This is no guarantee that they will continue not to charge you as the new owner. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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How is contaminated land in Worcester investigated?

A range of contaminants caused by human activities from industrial and agricultural use has the potential to affect property. Contaminants like limestone- or gypsum-quarrying and radioactive substances in the region should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Your solicitor will highlight the details of the findings in the report on title.

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What is the council tax on a period, semi-detached, Band D building in Worcester?

You should be provided your new home’s council tax band within the title report prepared by your solicitor. The latest tax charges for Worcester are set out at the Worcester City local authority site. For the 2017/2018 tax year, Worcester residents were required to pay:

  • Band A - £1,066.46
  • Band B - £1,244.20
  • Band C - £1,421.94
  • Band D - £1,599.68
  • Band E - £1,955.17
  • Band F - £2,310.65
  • Band G - £2,666.15
  • Band H - £3,199.37

Retrieved on 19 April 2017

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We have found a plethora of handbooks going into great depth on do-it-yourself conveyancing. That being the case, do we have to use a property solicitor in Worcester?

There is no legal argument why a home-mover can’t adopt a DIY approach and carry out the legal and technical work without the help of an instructed property lawyer in Worcester. The truth is, however, that a Worcester property solicitor handles a large number of jobs (ranging from chasing notices or share certificates to apportioning ground rents), which need a skilled professional. Essentially DIY lawyers will not be covered by acceptable professional indemnity insurance which practising firms and their

solicitors are obligated to have. Call our experts on 0800 038 6699 to find out what Homeward Legal can do for you, and to receive you fixed-fee quote.

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Is a deed of assignment a fee or a disbursement?

It is not always obvious whether a particular charge is a fee or disbursement. This charge, though, is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your conveyancing quote and not as a separate charge. Any associated disbursement costs will, however, be passed on.

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My lender is Earl Shilton Building Society; what will we need to consider?

Some mortgage lenders and brokers have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which means that they are likely to pass on their legal costs to you. Homeward Legal’s solicitors are able to act for the majority of mortgage lenders, thus preventing them from inflating your legal bill.

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How do we guard against gazumping in Worcester?

'Gazumping' takes place when the first buyer's offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the home-owner, in preference of a greater offer. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase, regardless of the state of the market. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor as soon as you can to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping. Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote protected by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee? Or try our online quote calculator.

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Will our conveyancing quote include any hidden costs?

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We never hide any additional costs. A Homeward Legal conveyancing quote is an accurate fee.

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What will searches cost?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Searches are paid to a third party, and are charged 'at cost'.

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For a fast conveyancing process to buy a £639,000 house, what can we do to speed up our conveyancing process?

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Finding a proactive solicitor is essential to buying faster. Additionally, there are various jobs you, as the buyer, could do to speed up the legal work, including, pushing the solicitor to begin enquiries as soon as possible, promptly completing and return any forms and organising your finances.

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Do Homeward Legal look after the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Worcester?

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Our company often work for bidders at auction. Our panel of conveyancing lawyers have previously been instructed by numerous buyers and sellers at local Worcester residential property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Canny buyers will choose a suitable conveyancing company asap for a thorough investigation of the property's legal title well in advance of the auction. Q.

How do we guard against gazumping?

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This takes place when the first buyer's offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the home owner, in preference to a greater offer. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor as soon as you can to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

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What type of research about the risk of flooding in Hereford and Worcester will the property lawyer in Worcester give details on?

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A residential property solicitor will carry out standard formal property environmental searches that should include Worcester flood risk area information. A significantly more specialist search (e.g. Landmark) could possibly be advised by a Worcester conveyancing solicitor if the results of the environmental search highlight a flood risk.

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Do I need a chancel search when I am buying near a 15th Century rectory manor in Worcester?

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Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Worcester Church council. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including parish archives. Worcester church properties where chancel liability may apply include St Mark in the Cherry Orchard, St Stephen, Old St Martin and St Stephen.