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Conveyancing in Arlesey Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/07/17

Thinking of moving to the Arlesey area? Handy nearby travel and services information -

Arlesey train station is about a mile from Arlesey. Arlesey's closest airport is Luton Airport. Cambridge City Airport is 23 miles and Stansted Airport is 24 miles away.

Arlesey is nearby at roughly three miles of junction entry 10 Northbound of the A1M.

Ernest Gardiner Day Letchworth is the neighbouring hospital for Arlesey.


Are additional fees applied? I am trying to find affordable conveyancing in Arlesey.


Many firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing, but extra costs are often hiding in small print, left unregarded by busy property buyers and sellers Any disbursements should also be included on a conveyancing quote Additional costs should be fair. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


How do we guard against being gazumped?


This arises when a buyer's offer is accepted but then rejected by the seller, in preference to another purchaser's offer. There is almost always a danger of gazumping. Instructing your conveyancing solicitor as soon as you can is a key first step to reducing this risk.


In relation to the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, we are concerned that flood risk searches might not be sufficient?


Conveyancing and environmental searches applied for by the Arlesey property solicitor should also include a more informative search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are apprehensive it may be worth trying to approach a neighbour of the property or regional Bedfordshire flood damage business try: DH Decor Ltd, 231A High St, Arlesey, SG15 6SZ Tel: 01462 634754.


When buying a period building in the boundary of Arlesey conservation area, how do we locate information relating to the state of repair of the area?

English Heritage, a government body, have assembled records of the condition of conservation areas. Conservation areas are specified by the local authority (Central Bedfordshire) who govern things like the historic layout of roads to the policing of derelict buildings.


We need to complete this property purchase as soon as possible, how can we aim for a fast conveyancing process in Arlesey?


Finding a proactive conveyancer is crucial to moving faster. Additionally, there are various jobs you as the buyer can also do to speed up your conveyancing, such as, keeping in regular contact with the conveyancer, quickly answering your conveyancer's questions and arranging any finances require to complete the purchase.


We are planning to buy with Lloyds TSB Scotland, is there anything we need to check?


Until recently, solicitors could carry out mortgage-related work for most lenders. In some cases, lenders have decreased the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in greater conveyancing costs for house purchasers if the lender insists upon their own preferred solicitor . Homeward Legal can act on behalf of all large lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.


Do your solicitors do auction conveyancing in Arlesey?


Our company is highly experienced with auction buyers and sellers. Very often unusual homes are purchased in property auctions which tend to necessitate further. We therefore suggest that purchasers appoint the lawyer prior to the actual auction to allow enough time for a thorough review. After the auction day your appointed property conveyancing lawyer is ready for finishing all of the legal work inside the limited time frame as typically required .


Will the report on title prepared by the Arlesey property solicitor detail the amount of council tax on a Band C flat prior to completion?


The lawyer will consult with the council to ask about the latest council tax band and rates, which will then be included in the conveyancing report on title. Correct rates for homes in Arlesey are set out in detail online at the Central Bedfordshire local authority website. On, 04 November 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • 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