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Conveyancing in Cottenham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Relevant local Cottenham travel and services facts ;

Waterbeach train station is about 4 miles from Cottenham. Cottenham's nearest airport is Cambridge City Airport.

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Cottenham area information

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Willingham Cambs Windmill, Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum English Heritage and Long Stanton St Michael Churches Conservation Trust are easily accessible from Cottenham.

The most convenient hospital to Cottenham is Impington, Cambridge Lea.

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How do I get affordable conveyancing?

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Both high-street and online solicitors offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra costs can increase your solicitor's invoice. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

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We are buying on a new development ex-industrial use land. Is the soil likely to remain contaminated by waste minerals like aluminium?

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Cottenham agriculture or industry can cause soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Cottenham is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like industrial storage, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Our lender will be Nationwide Building Society - what do I need to know?

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Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased legal costs for buyers. Homeward Legal will act for the majority of lenders to ensure that you will not need to pay the lender's costs.

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What will the council tax cost on a investment Band C apartment in Cottenham?

The respective council tax band should usually be detailed in the conveyancing report on title, and by the governing local authority Up-to-date charges for properties in Cottenham are tabled on the South Cambridgeshire local authority website. As at, 22 September 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £996.00
  • Band B - £1,162.00
  • Band C - £1,328.00
  • Band D - £1,494.00
  • Band E - £1,826.00
  • Band F - £2,159.00
  • Band G - £2,491.00
  • Band H - £2,989.00

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What sort of checks regarding the risk of flooding at Cambridgeshire will the property solicitor in Cottenham do on a Regency house I am hoping to buy?

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A solicitor will conduct environmental searches that should include Cottenham area flood risk information.

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Is preparation of statutory declarations paid to the conveyancing solicitor?

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Comparing quotes is not always easy, given the various definitions different firms use to describe the same thing. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and will normally be included in a quote.

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What does the Cottenham conveyancing lawyer advise if the home we are buying is inside the boundary of a conservation area in South Cambridgeshire local authority that may have unsuitable PVC windows installed?

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South Cambridgeshire local authority enquiries carried out by your Cottenham conveyancing solicitor should find out if the property is inside a conservation area and evidence of formal approval for additions to the property will be requested. In the event that no appropriate consents be produced, your solicitor will advise you of the best alternatives, which include buying an indemnity insurance policy or seeking retrospective permission from South Cambridgeshire planning authority.

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How much does charges for our searches total?

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With a Homeward Legal solicitor, you will be charged at most £249 for searches. The most frequently used searches include an environmental search.