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Conveyancing in Cambridgeshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

Things to do in Cambridgeshire

Impington Cambs Windmill, Long Stanton St Michael Churches Conservation Trust and Milton Country Park are close to Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire is very close at less than 3m of junction entry 14 Northbound of the M11.

Cambridgeshire's nearest train station is Waterbeach at 4 miles. The nearest airport to Cambridgeshire is Cambridge City Airport.

The nearest hospital is Impington, Cambridge Lea.

Q.

What are the best rates for conveyancing for a 124,000 home?

A.

Many online and high street firms promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. These terms are often ignored by excited homeowners, eager to get underway. Any charges which are listed in your solicitor's terms should be fair and clearly defined. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

What will the council tax cost on a Forties Band C apartment in Cambridgeshire?

A.

Your band should conventionally be set out as part of the title report along with the local authority. The correct rates for homes in Cambridgeshire are set out in detail online at the East Cambridgeshire council site. At the time of authoring (23 November 2012) rates are:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,170.00
  • Band C - £1,337.00
  • Band D - £1,504.00
  • Band E - £1,838.00
  • Band F - £2,172.00
  • Band G - £2,506.00
  • Band H - £3,007.00

Q.

I have read about the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began we are questioning whether flood searches may not be sufficient?

A.

Environmental searches carried out by the Cambridgeshire lawyer will include a more detailed flood search if the risk warrants it.

If you are still concerned you can always call a neighbour of the property.

Q.

Our mortgage lender is Northern Rock, is there anything I need to be aware of?

A.

Some lenders have limited the firms who can act for them. For buyers, this can result in significantly higher conveyancing costs. We can act for many lenders.

Q.

Which particular property searches does my property lawyer in Cambridgeshire get when instructed on a Cambridgeshire home?

A.

Standard conveyancing procedure will be to get the following Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environment Search and occasionally less common searches e.g. a Chancel check Search.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Cambridgeshire?

  • Cambridgeshire intersects with the following local authorities: Cambridge City Council, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ, phone: 01223 457 000
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE, phone: 01353 665 555
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE, phone: 01353 665 557
  • Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 8NQ phone: 01354 654 321
  • Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8HG, phone: 01594 810 000
  • Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, St Mary's Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN phone: 01480 388 388
  • Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1PJ, phone: 01733 747 474
  • Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4ER, phone: 01799 510 510
  • Cardiff Council, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW, phone: 029 2087 209
  • Q.

    For fast conveyancing on the purchase of a £712,000 home, what do we need to do?

    A.

    As is widely reported, instructing a experienced property lawyer is essential to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are numerous things you, as the buyer, could do to speed up the process. These include:

    • calling or emailing your property lawyer, and chase them if you suspect any delays
    • responding to your property lawyer by phone, fax or email wherever possible
    • arranging your mortgage offer

    Q.

    How much will my conveyancing searches on average cost?

    A.

    With a Homeward Legal conveyancing solicitor, clients buying a property charged at a maximum £249 for searches. Searches are charged 'at cost'.

     
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