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Conveyancing in Hitchin Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

What type of additional enquiries about the risk of possible flooding at Hertfordshire will my Hitchin lawyer give details on for a Victorian property we are buying?

A.

Your solicitor will carry out standard conveyancing and environmental searches that incorporate Hitchin area flood risk data. In addition your Hitchin solicitor may suggest a more detailed (e.g. Homcheck) specialist local Hitchin search.

Q.

What is the council tax on a residential semi-detached Band F property in Hitchin?

A.

The band should typically be given as part of the report on title along with the local authority. Up-to-date charges for homes in Hitchin are listed online at the North Hertfordshire local authority site. At the time of authoring on 29 July 2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £988.00
  • Band B - £1,152.00
  • Band C - £1,317.00
  • Band D - £1,482.00
  • Band E - £1,811.00
  • Band F - £2,140.00
  • Band G - £2,469.00
  • Band H - £2,963.00

Q.

What can the searches be?

A.

With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, Hitchin clients are expected to pay at most £249 for searches. Searches are charged at cost.

Q.

Is a home buyers survey advisable when purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age?

A.

It is strongly suggested that most purchasers instruct a surveyor. There are many issues that affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, including unsafe chimney circulation or settlement.

Q.

What will contaminate land in Hitchin. Will they be thoroughly investigated?

A.

Property in Hitchin may be contaminated by a broad range of factors caused by man and by nature, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a specific property can be impacted by contaminants in the region such as hazardous and regulated installations. Contamination in Hitchin can be caused by local waste sites, such as Vicars Grove Pit, Vicars Grove Pit, Hertfordshire, SG4 7HZ.

Q.

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

A.

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.

 
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