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Conveyancing in Ampthill Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

Ampthill area information

Houghton House English Heritage and Wrest Park Gardens English Heritage are close to Ampthill.

The closest airport to Ampthill is Luton Airport (12 miles). The nearest station to Ampthill is Millbrook.

The closest hospital to Ampthill is Steppingley Flitwick.

Q.

How do I find affordable conveyancing in Ampthill?

A.

Numerous law firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, however extra charges will be included in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied property buyers and sellers Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Will the property report prepared by the professional conveyancing solicitor in Ampthill outline applicable rates of council tax on a house before contracts are exchanged?

A.

Your property solicitor will contact the council to ascertain the up to date council tax charges which will subsequently be detailed in the conveyancer's title report.

The correct rates for homes in Ampthill are set out in detail online at the Central Bedfordshire local authority website. At the time of authoring, 29 January 2013, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
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  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00

Q.

Do I need a survey for our home purchase?

A.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly advise that purchasers in Ampthill book a property surveyor when you intend to buy in Ampthill. There can be a range of issues that affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, such as subsidence.

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How is Ampthill contaminated land investigated when purchasing a property?

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Residential property could be contaminated by several environmental concerns, like overhead transmission lines or waste disposal sites. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.

Q.

What do searches apply to?

A.

Searches are enquiries requested by the conveyancing lawyer via specific agencies. Searches are unable to address physical defects.

Q.

For a house valued at £147000. What will be calculated for stamp duty?

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The Stamp Duty due is dependent on a small number of factors, including the value of the property, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. On a £147000 residential property in Ampthill, stamp duty will be £1470.

Q.

I am buying soon and have a quote from you. May I be invoiced any additional charges?

A.

Regrettably, it is common practice for some firms to hide fees in small print. Our solicitors do not charge any hidden charges. Know that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

Q.

Which local authority looks after Ampthill?

A.

Ampthill is located in Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, phone: 0300 300 8000

 
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