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Conveyancing in Godmanchester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/10/17

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The nearest train station to Godmanchester is Huntingdon, approximately a mile away. Godmanchester's closest airport is Cambridge City Airport.

Cromwell Huntingdon is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do we get low cost conveyancing in Godmanchester?

A.

This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional fees can pad the final bill. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state any disbursements. Extra fees should be fair. They only be applied if your solicitor must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

Q.

Halifax is going to be our lender, is there anything I need to be aware of?

A.

Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. Homeward Legal are able to act for many UK mortgage lenders.

Q.

Does my Godmanchester conveyancing solicitor in form me about the cost of the council tax on a Band E property before completing on the purchase?

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Your property solicitor will approach the council to ask about the appropriate council tax rates, which will subsequently be detailed in the title report.

Council tax rates for homes in Godmanchester are set out at the Huntingdonshire local authority site. As at, 06 September 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,013.00
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  • Band B - £1,182.00
  • Band C - £1,350.00
  • Band D - £1,519.00
  • Band E - £1,857.00
  • Band F - £2,195.00
  • Band G - £2,532.00
  • Band H - £3,039.00

Q.

As a consequence of the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record we are wondering if flood searches aren't thorough enough?

A.

A good Godmanchester conveyancer will advise you to get additional in depth environmental searches if the first search determines a risk of flooding in Godmanchester.

You may be able to also contact a local resident for that further insight if still concerned.

Q.

There are a lot of books about DIY conveyancing when selling a maisonette - Would it be foolish to do the legal work without any help?

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Theoretically speaking there is absolutely no argument at all why a seller shouldn't take care of he conveyancing without assistance. The truth is however that a conveyancer is familiar with a huge array of assignments including chasing missing documents or apportioning ground rents which need training. In any event however, solicitors practices must pay for relevant cover to insulate you from any professional negligence.

Q.

Is contaminated land an issue in Godmanchester?

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A range of contaminants caused by natural causes could lessen the value of residential property in Godmanchester, and an environmental search should reveal whether a property can be impacted by local contaminants like brine works and other sources of contaminated land.

Q.

Which government body keeps records for monitoring the condition of Godmanchester conservation areas?

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Conservation areas are set up by the local Huntingdonshire planning authority, who police the state of the area including things like new developments, dormer windows and paths. English Heritage maintain a list of the state of conservation areas.

Q.

Will my Godmanchester property lawyer investigate the potential risk of a flood to properties in Godmanchester?

A.

An important component in the legal process involved in buying a home involves a solicitor applying for property conveyancing searches that offer detail regarding risk of flooding in Godmanchester.