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Conveyancing in Bedfordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/01/18

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.

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

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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.

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I want to complete on the legal work on a maisonette in under 30 days - are you fast solicitors in Bedfordshire ?

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Homeward Legal has a efficient style to completing the conveyancing work for home movers as quickly as possible.

The use of modern conveyancing management systems . We also give property sellers a SRA lawyer incentivised to communicate with all parties in the buyer and seller chain like landlords, to get a fast move.

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We have found a buyer and have a quote from you. Are there any extra costs?

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No. Homeward Legal will never charge any additional fees. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

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If my family are buying in Bedfordshire by a glebe, will I need to get a chancel liability search?

The result of a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must subsidise church repairs. Parochial Church Councils in Bedfordshire must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process.

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Which actual conveyancing searches will the Bedfordshire lawyer carry out when buying a Bedfordshire property?

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The common conveyancing procedure is to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search and Environment Search and occasionally less common searches, which might include Official Search of Part with Priority (OS2).

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Will the title report prepared by the Bedfordshire property solicitor report back on the amount of the council tax on a Band A property before exchange of contracts?

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The lawyer will write to the appropriate council to find out the applicable council tax band and rates, which should subsequently be set out in the conveyancer's title report.

Council tax rates for Bedfordshire are listed at the Central Bedfordshire council site. At the time of writing on 06 February 2013 rates for all bands 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

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

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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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My agent has suggested the solicitor . Do I need to use this solicitor?

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Many estate agents will have a referral arrangement with solicitors whereby they refer work, however, such referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as an agent may decide to recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most suitable for you.