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Conveyancing in Harpenden Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/18

Commuting from the Harpenden area? ;

Motorists are well served with Harpenden enjoying excellent motorway access close at less than 3 miles of Junction 9 Southbound of the M1.

The nearest airport to Harpenden is Luton Airport (4 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 25 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, Elstree Airport is 12 miles and Booker Airport is 24 miles away. The nearest station to Harpenden is Harpenden.

Harpenden Memorial is the closest hospital for Harpenden.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a 372,000 property?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many sellers and buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many conveyancers advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms. Any extra fees listed in the solicitor's terms ought to be clearly defined. They only apply to matters if your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work 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.

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How much is the council tax on a Forties semi-detached Band G house in Harpenden?

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Your relevant band will ordinarily be given within the conveyancer's title report, as well as by the local council. The correct rates for homes in Harpenden are set out in detail at the St Albans local authority site. Currently on 23 July 2012 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £981.00
  • Band B - £1,145.00
  • Band C - £1,309.00
  • Band D - £1,472.00
  • Band E - £1,799.00
  • Band F - £2,126.00
  • Band G - £2,454.00
  • Band H - £2,944.00

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I am likely to be moving out of our terraced building in Harpenden to a new property in Cheshunt . At what point to book a home removal company?

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Best practice is for buyers to hold off booking the removals company until such time as both sides have set your move date that occurs once contracts have exchanged. Why not

try Saunders Of Harpenden Ltd, 65 High St, Harpenden, AL5 2SL Tel: 01582 760101 or Affordable Removals, Ridgewood Dr, Harpenden, AL5 3LE Call: 07913 586876.

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Is Homeward Legal set up to complete within 28 days of exchange on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Harpenden?

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Our team work closely with auctioneers and commonly take instructions from auction buyers and sellers. Lawyers tend to suggest purchasers to appoint the solicitor prior to the auction to allow for a detailed investigation of the property's legal title. Post auction day itself your instructed solicitor will be ready for finishing all of the legal work in 4 weeks as typically required by the terms if sale.

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What designated conservation areas are there in Harpenden?

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Conservation areas secure streets and neighbourhoods recorded as being of architectural merit. Your property solicitor will offer more information and address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area, regarding specific conservation areas in Harpenden.

Q.

What can a Harpenden conveyancing solicitor do if the building we hope to buy is located in a conservation area and has incongruous artificial stone cladding installed?

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The solicitor will always verify if the property is within a designated conservation area and whether any modifications have appropriate consent from the local council.

In the event that no necessary permissions be produced, your conveyancing solicitor will give you professional advice on the options which may include taking out an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective permission from St Albans local authority.

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The Harpenden property being bought is on a brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Effort is made in the areas around Harpenden to rectify topsoil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include perchlorate.

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Will the solicitor in Harpenden conduct any searches on the Hertfordshire Fifties semi-detached townhouse I am intending to buy?

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The customary legal procedure is to obtain the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental, and possibly specific local Harpenden searches for example Official Search of Part with Priority (OS2).