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Conveyancing in Gamlingay Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Read about the area ;

Cambridge City Airport is 16 miles from Gamlingay. Luton Airport is 21 mile and away. The closest train station to Gamlingay is Sandy, around 4 miles away.

Q.

Noted Gamlingay interest

A.

Gt Gransden Cambs Windmill, Abbotsley St Margaret Churches Conservation Trust and Little Barford St Denys Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Gamlingay.

The closest hospital for Gamlingay is Biggleswade.

Q.

We need a low cost conveyancing quote, we are on a tight budget.

A.

Various property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing quotes, however additional charges are frequently hidden in small print. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Fees listed in the small print needs to be reasonable. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

Will the property report prepared by the property solicitor in Gamlingay report back on the cost of council tax for a Band G property prior to exchanging contracts?

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Your conveyancer will consult with the Central Bedfordshire local authority to ascertain the most up to date council tax charges which will then be written in the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for properties in Gamlingay are listed online at the Central Bedfordshire council site. As at (09 March 2013) band rates 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.

Which local authority is responsible for Gamlingay?

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

Q.

Do Homeward Legal do auction conveyancing in Gamlingay?

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Yes - Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Gamlingay commonly handle the legal work for auction buyers and sellers. We typically encourage bidders to decide on a good lawyer well in advance of the property auction date for a detailed report of the legal pack. After the auction day itself your lawyer is totally ready for concluding the purchase in the limited time as required .

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How is Gamlingay contaminated land investigated during the house-buying process?

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Land in Gamlingay may be contaminated by numerous factors caused by man and by nature, and an environmental search will confirm that a home could be affected by Gamlingay contaminants including overhead transmission lines and landfill sites.

Q.

I am buying a £630000 residential property in Gamlingay. How is stamp duty calculated?

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Stamp Duty is dependent on the valuation. Stamp duty will be £25200 on a £630000 property.*

*Correct December 2012

Q.

Having read about the catastrophic flooding in the UK in April 2012 I am concerned that environmental searches aren't detailed enough?

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A qualified property solicitor in Gamlingay will consider apply for flood searches if the initial conveyancing searches flag up a significant risk local Gamlingay flood risk.

You may be able to get in touch with a close neighbour for some more comfort.

Q.

Our estate agent in Great Barford has put forward a conveyancing who they generally use. Is it risky to use this firm?

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Many agents in Great Barford will have a referral arrangement with solicitors whereby they refer work. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may decide to recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

 
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