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Updated: 21/10/17

Histon points of interest

Impington Cambs Windmill, Milton Country Park and Cambridge Leper Chapel Historic Building are close to Histon.

Histon's nearest airport is Cambridge City Airport (3 miles). Histon's closest station is Waterbeach.

Histon is within 3 miles off the M11 junction entry 14 Southbound.

The nearest hospital is Impington, Cambridge Lea.


How do I find the best conveyancing rates in Histon for a £209,000 property?


Many online and high street solicitors promote theoretically cheap conveyancing, however extra fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Busy, stressed sellers and buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.


What are searches?


Searches are queries undertaken in the interest of the purchaser. Conveyancing searches are highly recommended, but refer to legal-related matters.


Which individual search enquiries should a Histon lawyer conduct when buying a Histon flat?


The standard legal protocol is to get Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and specific local Histon searches, like a HS20.


What will the Histon conveyancing lawyer recommend if the house we hope to buy is in a South Cambridgeshire planning authority conservation area which appears to have incongruous windows installed?

South Cambridgeshire council searches conducted by your Histon conveyancing solicitor during the legal process should verify if the property is inside a designated conservation area proof of planning authority consent for additions to the property will be asked for.


Can you advise how to defer paying HMRC stamp duty?


We strongly advise against any form of stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will then be due.


How is Histon contaminated land investigated?


A broad range of contaminants caused by natural causes and human activities can harm the resale value of residential property in Histon, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a specific property could be affected by contaminants like radioactive substances in the region.


Doing ones own conveyancing without the help of a conveyancing solicitor in Histon looks to be possible as a buyer and seller of a flat. Would it be foolhardy ?


Legally speaking there is absolutely no argument why a home seller cannot decide to handle the greater majority of the your own conveyancing unaided.

In reality however, a property solicitor juggles a huge number of exercises ranging from identifying and arranging appropriate indemnity or checking that the contract package is in order which are more safely handled with appropriate experience. AT any rate legal firms are obliged to take out the correct cover to safeguard you in the event of negligence.


I am going to purchase with Aviva, what will I need to check?


Your mortgage lender will require legal work to be performed on their behalf. Buyers need to be aware that, recently, a number of lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal, however, will act for most lenders in the UK.