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Conveyancing in Hitchin Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/01/18

Living in Hitchin? ;

Hitchin's nearest train station is Hitchin at 1 mile s. Hitchin's nearest airport is Luton Airport. Elstree Airport is 21 mile and Stansted Airport is 24 miles away.

Pinehill Hitchin is a nearby hospital for Hitchin.

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We are trying to find a discount conveyancing quote in Hitchin. as we are on a budget.

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The confusion over this point catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many law firms promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Your Hitchin conveyancing quote should state any disbursements to be paid.

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We are purchasing in Hitchin. How can we check that the property is in a designated conservation area?

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Areas deemed to be of historical or architectural value, such as picturesque villages, will be designated as conservation areas. A solicitor will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area and be able to provide more details for conservation areas in Hitchin.

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If I am buying in Hitchin on the same street as land owned by the church, is it important that we get a chancel liability search?

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Owners of property in a neighbourhood near church property in the locality may be required to subsidise repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. As a result of the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Your conveyancing lawyer will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Church lands in this area which may give rise to chancel liability include Holy Saviour, St Faith, St Mark's Church, and St Mary's.

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We are buying on a Hitchin former industrial site. It appears to be the case that mercury top-soil contamination may be an issue.

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Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have occurred in parts of Hitchin. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including ammonia.

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I am purchasing an extended investment property within a conservation area in Hitchin, where does one locate details on the state of upkeep?

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Local conservation areas are created by North Hertfordshire who preserve everything from trees to the prohibition of poorly maintained public spaces. English Heritage, a government body, have created information about the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we aim for fast conveyancing?

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Finding a experienced conveyancing solicitor is crucial to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are numerous tasks you as the purchaser can also do, such as, pushing the conveyancing solicitor to begin enquiries as soon as possible, promptly answering your conveyancing solicitor's questions (by email if possible) and if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can.

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We are using a lender in Hertfordshire, and need to know which Hitchin lenders your conveyancing solicitors work with. Which panels are you on?

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Our solicitors have experience working with many lenders registered with the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Hitchin, including JLM Mortgage Services Ltd, 21A Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP, Sands Paul Financial Management Ltd, 32 Bridge St, Hitchin, SG5 2DF, and A P H, 97-98 Bancroft, Hitchin, SG5 1NQ. The solicitor managing the legal work for your move will be able to advise further.

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Would you confirm taking precautions to avoid paying HMRC stamp duty?

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We firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation scheme. Such schemes are expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount, interest and additional fines will be imposed.