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The same process applies to purchasing the freehold - 1)Title investigation via Land registry official copies 2) precontract enquiries of the seller in respect of practical matters and any concern re the legal title - commission local search to check any matters noted at the local authority 3) contract amendment/agreement 4) LR search & bankruptcy search 5) exchange/registration.
Your precontractual enquiries will focus on the maintenance responsibilities - who pays, how often, is there likely to be any work require in the future, have there been collection problems.
In respect of the cottages, you will need to check to see if rights of access are afforded by formal rights of way noted by entries on the legal title to the garage freehold so that you know if they have a right to exercise access over the garage.
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You should insist upon a flat fee for legal fees.
The disbursements will be almost identical regardless of who you instruct.
Provided the purchase price is not particulaly expensive you would be looking at the solicitor charging around £350-450 +vat with disbrusements of probably around £200 provided no stamp duty is payable.
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