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Conveyancing in Bedfordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Are you moving into a residential property in Bedfordshire? Practical local transport and public service details:

The nearest train station to Bedfordshire is Bedford St Johns, almost a mile away. The closest airport to Bedfordshire is Luton Airport (18 miles).

Bedford North Wing is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do we find a cheap solicitor to buy a house?

A.

This affects many buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many property lawyers purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. However extra charges may increase the final invoice. Any additional fees found in the small print needs to be fair and come into force only if the lawyer must complete unanticipated additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on any quote for conveyancing in BedfordshireHomeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

The owner appears to have fitted PVC windows to the maisonette which I think may break Luton Plaiters Lea conservation area criteria.

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Your instructed solicitor will always identify if the property is located within a designated conservation area and whether any modifications have requisite consent from the local planning authority.

Q.

We are purchasing a home in Roxton. Will we need a chancel search?

A.

Your solicitor responsible for your move could advise a chancel search, whichever parish in which the home being purchased is located. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have determined to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish which has not imposed liability will continue to be free from liability. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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How many weeks does it take my lawyer to conclude the legal process on the lower floor of new build building we are buying?

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The process can take anywhere between around a month and twelve weeks, which can depend on various issues, like the efficiency of the sellers lawyer, or the speed of the local authority. Our chosen conveyancing solicitors are extremely focused on speed and communication exchanging as quickly as achievable.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Bedfordshire?

  • Bedfordshire intersects with the following local authorities: Aylesbury Vale District Council,
    Customer Service Centre, 66 High Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1SD, contact: 01296 585 858
  • Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK40 1SJ, contact: 01234 267 422
  • Borough Council of Wellingborough, Swanspool House Doddington Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BP, contact: 01933 229 777
  • Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, contact: 0300 300 8000
  • London Borough of Barnet Council, North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP, contact: 020 8359 2000
  • Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ, contact: 01582 546 000
  • South Northamptonshire Council, Springfields, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6AE, contact: 08452 300 230
Q.

In relation to the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record we are wondering whether property environmental searches aren't exacting enough?

A.

Environmental searches applied for by the Bedfordshire solicitor should include a far more detailed Landmark flood search if the risk warrants it.

If you are concerned try to contact a future neighbour.

Q.

Will I need a building survey?

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We advise that you book a property surveyor to carry out a survey. A range concerns can negatively affect a property, for example rotten roof timbers, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

How will my Bedfordshire conveyancing solicitor advise us on the risk and history of local flooding in the Bedfordshire area?

A.

A crucial step in the legal due diligence procedure carried out when buying a property involves the lawyer making an application for environmental searches that set out detail about the potential risk of flooding in Bedfordshire. Additionally your Bedfordshire conveyancing solicitor may recommend a significantly more detailed local Bedfordshire area search.