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Conveyancing in Cranfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Cranfield?

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Cranfield is located in Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, contact: 0300 300 8000

Q.

How is contaminated land in Cranfield checked?

A.

Property is contaminated by a wide range of naturally-occurring factors. Contaminants like environmental radon sources should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Contamination can be caused by local waste sites, including Brogborough Landfill, Woburn Road, Buckinghamshire, MK43 0TN.

Q.

Will you need a chancel search? I am buying a property in Cranfield.

A.

The Law Lords decision in a landmark case 10 years ago confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. Some names or words such as 'glebe' give an indication of a property's

history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Cranfield churches where a chancel search may be appropriate include St Peter & St Paul.

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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.

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

Q.

Fixtures and fittings refer to which items?

A.

Usually, there is not a legal definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. A fixtures and fittings form can avoid any disputes, stating what is included with the sale.

Q.

Will it be necessary to get a chancel search if we are buying in the parish of Houghton Regis?

A.

Your solicitor should confirm that a chancel search is ordered, irrespective of the parish in which the property being purchased is found. Through some church councils have exercised their right to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, there is no way to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will continue to be free from liability. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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Do we need to be worried about gazumping?

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Gazumping takes place when a seller accepts an offer, only to reject it in favour of a higher offer. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. Consider instructing your conveyancing solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

 
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