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IIf you need a conveyancing quote in Barfreston at Kenneth Elliott & Rowe Solicitors we make buying or selling your home as painless as possible.
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Searches on my Conveyancing Quote

How long do Local Authority search searches take? The time for a local search LLC1 can vary significantly, from 24 hours to six weeks! Although we order all our Official Local Authority searches through our search provider’s website some searches are still processed administered manually by the local council. Also the search ETA can be affected by seasonal demand levels and council staffing levels.

When we get an Environmental search on the property mentioned on the conveyancing quote for the property in Barfreston what will it reveal? The search provides details of present and past pollution risks together with a report from an environmental consultant confirming whether or not the site is likely to be designated contaminated land by the Local Authority. It may also reveal other information such as whether the property is within a flooding area (which may have an effect on the availability and cost of home insurance), whether it is on or near a landfill site and in an area of high subsidence or landslip. It may also shown whether the property is affected by coal mining and high radon zone.

Why is a water authority search indispensable if you want to extent or alter the home in Barfreston? One of the indispensable replies shows a plan of of any public sewer nearby the land you are acquiring. This is significant because if you want to build adjacent a public drain you might need a ‘Build-over Agreement’ with the water authority. This may limit what you want to build and/or make the build more expensive.


Why use Kenneth Elliott & Rowe Solicitors t/a 1st Move Conveyancing for your move in Barfreston?

  • At 1st Move Conveyancing we believe our fixed price quote delivers excellent value for money.
  • We are a CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accredited firm of solicitors providing conveyancing to clients in Barfreston. Our processes and procedures have been approved by the Law Society,
  • Our quote is subject to our Terms and Conditions but there are No Hidden Extras.
  • Our guide to Unknown Costs and Limitations will give you an idea on what other possible costs or expenses to budget for outside the quote for the legal fees and known disbursements.

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General Conveyancing Tips

How long between exchange and completion? This is usually two weeks, but does not have to be. You can request a longer time if you are trading buying down and have a lot of items to get rid of. You can prompt the process if it is your first buy. You may be able to exchange and complete simultaneously. However your desire depend on what  others in the chain will comply with.

Always check what you are acquiring? We will always show you a document known as the ‘title plan’ (sometimes called filed plan}. This will show the full outline of the property you are buying – the boundary will usually be marked red. One of the most common mistakes a consumer makes is not checking the plan properly. It is a good idea to visit the site to check that what is shown on the plan agrees with what you think you’re acquiring on site. All too often consumers mistakenly think that a piece of land at the side or rear of the land is theirs,only to later discover that the legal title to the land parcel doesn’t include this site. Always be satisfied that the title plan matches the physical position at the property.

What is the difference between freehold and leasehold property? If you own a freehold property it invariable means you own a house or bungalow and that includes the whole building and the property it stands on. As you have everything you are responsible for all costs incurred to sustain the fabric of the building. Leasehold usually applies to flats or maisonettes although in some parts of the country including Barfreston some houses are also leasehold. Leasehold means you effectively lease a property for a number of years – usually a very long period of 99, 125 or even 999 years. You may pay a nominal ground rent of a few pounds to the freeholder each year. For leasehold there will be a lease agreement with the freeholder setting out the rights and obligations including the requirement to pay jointly to the maintenance of the building in which the flat is located and possibly also building insurance.

FAQs in Barfreston

Are you on the panel of Newcastle Building Society? Yes we act for all major lenders and many smaller lenders.

We see that you do not have an office in Barfreston? Is this a problem? No because like all modern lawyers we rely on technology to assist us in our practice to ensure that matters are dealt with quickly. Your proximity to our office is not significant. We are also authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to carry out work throughout England and Wales (which obviously includes Barfreston).

What SDLT will I pay if I am a first time buyer? First time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a residential property will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax. If you are paying between three hundred thousand pounds and half a million pounds will pay SDLT at 5% on the amount of the purchase price in excess of £300k – a reduction of £5,000 compared to standard rates of Stamp Duty . If the price is over half a million pounds there is no relief for the first time buyer and the normal rates apply. If you select “yes” to the “First Time Buyer” toggle on the conveyancing quote the correct rate will calculate for you.

If I am Buying my first house and I already own a share in another home or a buy to let will I pay higher rate stamp duty? This is complex. In certain circumstances you will not need to pay this for example if you have recently inherited a share in a property. We would need to advise you specifically on this.

If we are buying a flat what additional disbursements can we anticipate? This is one tricky area where we cannot give you all the costs up front in our on line quote. This is because leases vary in their requirements and also the costs charged by freeholder and managing agents also vary. They can also be two parties to deal with i.e a freeholder and managing agents who both charge. These charges therefore vary considerably with some leasehold purchases the fees can be as low as £10 but in extreme cases the costs charged can be around £650. This is why the government is considering regulating this area.

If we are selling a leasehold in a retirement development what additional costs can we anticipate? We cannot give you all the disbursements up front in our estimate. There are going to be two potential costs. First, the costs charged by freeholder and management companies will vary for providing assignment packs often in a questionnaire called LPE1. The charge for this varies from company to company on average it is approximately £200 but is can be higher in unusual cases. Second, the lease usually contains a provision for the outgoing to pay a fee to the landlord based on a % of the sale price which is often around 1-2% although other formula may be used. The lease will need to be checked carefully.


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About Barfreston.

Barfrestone is a village in East Kent, England, and between Shepherdswell, Eythorne and Nonington, and close to the pit villages of Elvington and Snowdown.

Alternative spellings are Barfreston and Barfreystone. The old pronunciation was “Barson” (before 1800) and the ancient name, “Barfriston”.
Now known as “Bar-fre-ston”, rather than “Bar-fre-stone”.

At the time of the Domesday Book, when the name was written ‘Berfrestone’, the manor was owned by Odo, Earl of Kent (as the Bishop of Bayeux). But after his trial (for fraud) in 1076, his assets were re-apportioned, including Barfrestone. The lands were then granted to Hugh de Port (an English feudal barony) for the defence of Dover castle. The lands passed through the hands of many other owners including Sir Thomas Browne (during the reign of Henry VI of England).

Landmarks include the Grade I listed Norman church, which contains significant carvings of human and animal figures on both the exterior and interior of the church, as well as a very early post-Roman example of the Greek key motif carved on the inside coving. Also of note is the church bell set in a yew tree adjacent to the church and “Little Ewell”, a converted rectory which, until 2013, was the location of the centre (house, offices and workshops) of the L’Arche Kent Community which has since moved to Canterbury, though a L’Arche house remains in the nearby village of Eythorne.

Another listed building in the village is Grade II listed Barfrestone Court,

The village is on the Miner’s Way Trail which links the coalfield parishes of East Kent.

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