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Conveyancing in Cranfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/07/17

Handy regional travel and services facts -

The closest station to Cranfield is Lidlington, around 3 miles away. Luton Airport is 16 miles from Cranfield. Turweston Aerodrome Airport is 22 miles away.

Cranfield is approximately three miles off the M1 junction entry 13 Northbound.

Steppingley Flitwick is the nearest hospital.


I need a low cost conveyancing estimate. What should be watch out for?


Several property lawyers offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra charges may be added into the terms. Any fees listed in the terms should be reasonable and be applicable solely where the conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Your Cranfield conveyancing quote should list the disbursements to be paid.Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


What will searches be?


With Homeward Legal, a client will be expected to pay at a maximum £249 for conveyancing searches. Searches are disbursements, and are charged at cost.


Is homewardlegal.co.uk experienced enough to complete within 28 days of exchange on the conveyancing of auction properties in Cranfield?


Yes - The legal team are familiar with local and national auctions and commonly carry out work for sellers at auction. Homeward Legal consistently suggest buyers at auction to instruct a conveyancing company in advance of the date of the auction so there is time for a detailed review of the sellers legal pack. Subsequently, following the day of bidding your instructed conveyancing lawyer is ready for concluding the purchase inside 4 weeks as usually required .


Will a report on title prepared by the conveyancer in Cranfield include details of the cost of council tax on a Band F house prior to exchange of contracts?

A conveyancer will contact the governing Central Bedfordshire local authority to find out the up to date council tax rates, which will then be written in the report on title. Council tax charges for homes in Cranfield are tabled online at the Central Bedfordshire council website. At the time of writing (03 September 2012) 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


For fast conveyancing to buy a £630,000 property, what should we do?


Importantly, instructing a communicative conveyancer is key a fast conveyancing transaction. Consider the following:

  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?


The property being purchased is on a ex-industrial site. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste like antimony (Sb)?


The risks posed by soil contamination to Cranfield inhabitants are usually low. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Cranfield, including local authorities.


I have read about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record I am wondering if property environmental searches might not be detailed enough?


A qualified Cranfield solicitor will recommend that you also get property environmental searches (Landmark search) if the initial searches establishes a significant risk of flooding in Cranfield

It could be worth trying to also get in touch with a neighbour or local resident for that extra local history.


Is an environmental search a fee or disbursement?


Some conveyancers attempt to pass off additional costs as disbursements. It is not always clear whether a cost is a fee or disbursement, and if it should be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on at cost.