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Conveyancing in Histon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Which body looks after for policing the status of repair of the conservation areas in Histon?

A.

English Heritage now maintain a list in relation to the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability.

Conservation areas are specified by the local South Cambridgeshire planning authority, who are responsible for everything from including things like traffic signs, addition of unsympathetic windows and whether trees can be cut down.

Q.

We plan to complete on around 7th August. What will be assessed for Stamp Duty Land Tax rates?

A.

Stamp Duty is dependent on a limited set of factors, including the purchase price. For a Histon home bought for £301000, stamp duty is £9030.*

*Accurate 01/03/2013

Q.

Should we instruct the property lawyer who works with by our estate agent?

Many estate agents have arrangements with solicitors where they refer conveyancing clients to them, however, these referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.

Q.

Can you advise how to defer paying HMRC stamp duty?

A.

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.

Q.

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?

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

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 ?

A.

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.

 
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