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Conveyancing in Berkhamsted Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Local Berkhamsted attractions

Hawridge Bucks Windmill, Berkhamsted Castle English Heritage and Ashridge Historic Houses Association are in the vicinity of Berkhamsted.

Luton Airport is 12 miles from Berkhamsted. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 22 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 13 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles and Booker Airport is 15 miles away. Berkhamsted's closest station is Berkhamsted.

The neighbouring hospital for Berkhamsted is Hemel Hempstead General.

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How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Berkhamsted for a £250,000 house?

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The confusion over this matter catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra charges can pad the solicitor's invoice. Your quote should list any disbursements.The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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What are conveyancing searches?

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Searches are enquiries ordered by the purchaser's property solicitor, such as a local authority search. Conveyancing searches cover solely legal considerations.

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Should we get a chancel search if I am intending to buy in the parish of Aldbury, near Berkhamsted?

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A conveyancing lawyer could advise a chancel search, irrespective of the parish in which the property being purchased is found. Chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a property where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Aldbury, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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How much is the council tax on a mid-terrace Band G property in Berkhamsted?

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You should be give detail your new property's band in the conveyancer's title report. The latest council tax charges for residents of Berkhamsted are detailed on the Dacorum local authority website. At the time of writing on 18 July 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £964.00
  • Band B - £1,125.00
  • Band C - £1,286.00
  • Band D - £1,447.00
  • Band E - £1,768.00
  • Band F - £2,089.00
  • Band G - £2,411.00
  • Band H - £2,893.00

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, how do we guarantee a fast completion?

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Importantly, instructing a proactive and experienced solicitor is essential to buying faster. When selecting a solicitor, consider these questions: Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact How soon will they order searches? Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

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Do I need to get a chancel liability search when you are buying a flat conversion on the same road as a 14th Century church in Berkhamsted?

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Berkhamsted property likely to be affected. Some names or words such as 'abbey' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Berkhamsted churches where a chancel search may be necessary include All Saints, St Michael & All Angels SUNNYSIDE and St Peter.

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Please explain why the conveyancing process takes so long?

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The legal work involved in buying or selling Berkhamsted property may be held up, we, however, understand how unnecessarily stressful these delays can be and endeavour to curtail the cost of these delays wherever feasible.

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Is there something we can do to circumvent paying SDLT?

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Stamp duty mitigation must be treated with caution. These schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed. There have been several official schemes, such as for first-time buyers.