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Conveyancing in Harpenden Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

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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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).

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If my family are buying in Harpenden on the same street as a 15th Century 'church furlong', do you recommend that we get a search for chancel liability?

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Property owners near to an old church building must cover the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced.

A conveyancing lawyer will be able to advise further. Harpenden church properties include All Saints, St John the Baptist and St Nicholas.

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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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We have to complete on the sale of our leasehold flat as quickly as possible, are you fast solicitors in Harpenden ?

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Our chosen solicitors by default have a speed focused plan of attack when concluding the legal work for movers. Our solicitors endeavour to communicate through every part of the buyer and seller property chain and use new e conveyancing technology to push through your house move to your preferred move date.

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What are fixtures and fittings?

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New owners in Harpenden are often frustrated by confusion regarding fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This makes the completion of a fixtures and fittings form essential.

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How much will charges for my searches come to?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. These searches are disbursements.

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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.