Conveyancing In Wythenshawe Q & A's
The home I’m buying has been empty for two years; what questions should I be asking the solicitor, the estate agent, and the surveyor?
If a home has been empty for a considerable period (such as the two years mentioned here), there’s usually a reason for it. There is estimated to be around a quarter of a million properties in the country that have been empty for more than 6 months.
The primary reason is that the owner hasn’t the funds to renovate the property, or they’ve started gutting the place and run out of money to take it further, or perhaps there’s been a significant problem (e.g. fire or flood are common instances). Most likely, these properties will come up at auction.
Your estate agent will be aware of its history if the property is on their books, so you can find out a lot from them, the council will have an empty property officer, and the Land Registry will have information on the deeds. As far as the solicitor is concerned, they will establish the position on the property as part of the conveyancing, while the surveyor will have experience of checking out such properties, with the advice that you order a Building Survey (the most detailed of the options) to check out its structural integrity. Note that mortgage lenders will be more reluctant to offer a loan on such homes.
Ultimately, the ball is in your court and, if you want to pursue buying such a property, you need to be prepared to do the research, which can take up a lot of time.
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What is the council tax on a detached building in Wythenshawe?
Typically the report on title will contain the appropriate Manchester council tax band. The latest council tax rates for homes in Wythenshawe are listed on the Manchester council website. At the time of authoring on 09/03/2013 the different rates are:
- Band A - £885.00
- Band B - £1,032.00
- Band C - £1,180.00
- Band D - £1,327.00
- Band E - £1,622.00
- Band F - £1,917.00
- Band G - £2,212.00
- Band H - £2,654.00
Will we need a home buyers survey?
It is suggested that purchasers arrange a surveyor. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of defects that will impact a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, which include blocked drains.
Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of Wythenshawe?
A conveyancer is likely to recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on new owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Wythenshawe, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.
Myself and my partner are intending to buy in Wythenshawe, and need to know if there are many conservation areas.
With 9300 listed areas throughout England, the areas located near Wythenshawe include numerous conservation areas. You may wish to contact the local authority for more detail, but your lawyer will address this during the house-buying process.
Which local authority is responsible for Wythenshawe?
Wythenshawe is located in Manchester City Council, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA, contact: 0161 234 5000