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Conveyancing in Hertfordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 29/04/17

Commuting to Hertfordshire? ;

Drivers are well catered for with Hertfordshire having good major road access close at under 1m of Junction 5 Northbound of the A1M.

Welwyn Garden City station is around 2 miles from Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire's nearest airport is Luton Airport (8 miles). London City Airport is 25 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, Elstree Airport is 12 miles and Stansted Airport is 22 miles away.

The most convenient hospital to Hertfordshire is Queen Victoria Memorial Welwyn.

Q.

We need a low cost conveyancing quote. Will we get a quote or and estimate?

A.

Several firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional fees are often hiding in small print. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Additional charges listed in the terms should be reasonable and clear. They be applicable solely where the conveyancer must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on the quote. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

I want to exchange on the legal process my flat inside 2 months - are Homeward Legal really fast solicitors in Hertfordshire ?

A.

Our conveyancing property lawyers have a speed focused approach when completing the legal process for sellers.

Homeward Legals method is to employ new IT and e conveyancing systems . More importantly , we always give you a solicitor incentivised to communicate through all parts of the property chain (line of buyers and sellers) .

Q.

The property seller has unfortunately installed artificial stone cladding on the house in Hertfordshire which I think might possibly infringe on nearby conservation area criteria

A.

The property lawyer should ascertain whether your new home is located within a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have requisite consent from the local authority.

Q.

Will the house's fixtures and fittings form include items such as free-standing kitchen appliances?

A.

There is not a clear definition of fixtures and fittings, which can result in conflict once the new owner takes possession. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Hertfordshire?

  • Hertfordshire intersects with the following local authorities: Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9XQ, Call: 01992 785 555
  • East Hertfordshire District Council, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2EN, Call: 01279 655 261
  • East Hertfordshire District Council, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2EN, Call: 01279 655 263
  • East Hertfordshire District Council, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2EN, Call: 01279 655 265
  • East Hertfordshire District Council, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2EN, Call: 01279 655 266
  • London Borough of Enfield Council, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XY, Call: 020 8379 1006
  • North Hertfordshire District Council, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 3JF, Call: 01462 474 000
  • St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE, Call: 01727 866 100
  • St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE, Call: 01727 866 101
  • St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE, Call: 01727 866 102
  • St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE, Call: 01727 866 103
  • Stevenage Borough Council, Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1HN, Call: 01438 242 242
  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6AE, Call: 01707 357 000
  • Q.

    Does the conveyancer in Hertfordshire conduct any conveyancing searches on the Hertfordshire Edwardian detached property I want to buy?

    A.

    The customary procedure is to obtain these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches e.g. a Cheshire Brine Search.

    Q.

    What will the council tax cost on a residential Band F flat in Hertfordshire?

    A.

    Your council tax band should almost always be set out within the conveyancing report on title, and by the governing local authority. The latest council tax rates for residents of Hertfordshire are tabled online at the Welwyn Hatfield local authority website. On 04 October 2012 band rates are:

    • Band A - £1,000.00
    • Band B - £1,166.00
    • Band C - £1,333.00
    • Band D - £1,500.00
    • Band E - £1,833.00
    • Band F - £2,166.00
    • Band G - £2,499.00
    • Band H - £2,999.00

    Q.

    Do we need to employ the conveyancing solicitor used by the agent?

    A.

    It is common for agents in Hampshire to refer one or more conveyancing firms, however, such referrals must be carefully considered, as an agent may select whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most suitable for you.

     
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