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Updated: 14/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Leighton Buzzard -

By road: Leighton Buzzard is served by the M1, A5, A505 and A4146. By rail: The nearest train station is Leighton Buzzard. By air: Leighton Buzzard is closest to the following airports: London Luton Airport (17 miles), Wycombe Air Park (28), Elstree Aerodrome (30), Northolt Jet Centre (37), London Heathrow Airport (38), and London Oxford Airport (40).

Hospital: Luton and Dunstable, Lewsey Road, Luton, LU4 0DZ. Council: Central Bedfordshire (www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk).

Attractions: Leighton Buzzard Market, Pitstone Windmill, Ascott House, Leighton Buzzard Railway, and Rushmere Country Park.

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We are going to buy a property on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard, and have a quote from you, but will we be charged any extra fees later on?

No. We will not charge any additional fees as we operate a fixed-fee system matched with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee. Be aware that some solicitors do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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I am purchasing a converted chapel in the parish of Stony Stratford West. Will a chancel search be compulsory?

Your lawyer could advise that a chancel search be ordered, regardless of the parish in which the house you’re buying is located. Chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. For property in the parish of Stony Stratford West, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide. Your solicitor can advise regarding liability and whether suitable indemnity insurance might be appropriate.

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Will a report on title prepared by the conveyancer report on the applicable rates of council tax on an apartment in Leighton Buzzard prior to completing on the purchase?

Your property lawyer will liaise with the Central Bedfordshire council to establish the current council tax banding and charges for your property purchase, which will subsequently be detailed in the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax charges for residents of Leighton Buzzard are published online at the Central Bedfordshire council site (a link for the homepage appears in the public information section at the head of these FAQs). For the 2017/2018 tax year, the rates for the Hockley region of Leighton Buzzard were:

  • Band A - £1,157.47
  • Band B - £1,350.38
  • Band C - £1,543.29
  • Band D - £1,736.20
  • Band E - £2,122.02
  • Band F - £2,507.84
  • Band G - £2,893.67
  • Band H - £3,472.40

Retrieved on 28 March 2017

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Doing one’s own conveyancing without a solicitor looks like a good way of saving money as a buyer and seller of a maisonette in Leighton Buzzard, but would it really be a good idea?

If you really want to do your own conveyancing, there is no legal impediment why you shouldn’t do so. That being said, though, a conveyancing solicitor in Leighton Buzzard looks after a significant number of tasks (e.g. chasing outstanding papers, checking land titles, or handling retentions), many of which really need a qualified professional. Note also that your inexperience will inevitably incur a number of delays which might put your whole transaction in jeopardy. And you won’t have the personal indemnity insurance that all legal firms and solicitors are required to carry. Call Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and to receive your free, fixed-fee quote.

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I am on a deadline and will need to get fast conveyancing in Leighton Buzzard, but what do we need to do?

The key to speeding up the conveyancing process is to employ a proactive, diligent and communicative solicitor, like the ones we have on our panels at Homeward Legal. There are also several tasks that you as the buyer can do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer early
  • keeping in regular contact with the solicitor and applying pressure if you suspect any unnecessary delays
  • completing and returning all forms as soon as possible
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How much will the total fees for searches be for my purchase in Leighton Buzzard?

The cost of conveyancing searches on a Leighton Buzzard house will vary significantly, depending on the searches required and the depth to which they are taken. In Leighton Buzzard, the standard bundle of searches include a mining search and a drainage search, but your mortgage-lender might request additional searches to satisfy the terms of lending you the money. At Homeward Legal, your solicitor will always keep you apprised of these disbursements as they come up so that you will always know how much your legal bill be.

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Halifax will be our mortgage lender for our purchase in Leighton Buzzard, but what do we need to know?

Buyers in Leighton Buzzard should be aware that some lenders have decided to limit the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal will act for most mortgage providers, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This means that we can act on their behalf so that the mortgage-lender doesn’t pass on the legal bill to you

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My local estate agent in Leighton Buzzard has recommended a conveyancing firm, but should I use them?

If you choose a solicitor referred in this way, you may have the advantage of the estate agent being able to exert pressure on the lawyer to wrap up the process far more quickly. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, there is a risk that the agent may suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, and not the law firm with the best reputation or that has your best interests at heart. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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In what ways does my property lawyer in Leighton Buzzard investigate the potential risk of a flood at Leighton Buzzard for a buy to let home I am going to purchase?

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A residential property conveyancing solicitor applies for standard protocol property conveyancing searches that should include Leighton Buzzard flood risk data. A more involved flood history/risk search, such as the Homecheck search, could possibly be suggested by a Leighton Buzzard conveyancing solicitor, if in the event that the environmental search identify any risk of flooding.

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We are buying in Leighton Buzzard on a newly development former industrial site. What should we do regarding lithium soil contamination?

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Leighton Buzzard industrial or agricultural can cause soil contamination. The local authority for Leighton Buzzard will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Do your property lawyers conduct the conveyancing of auction properties in Leighton Buzzard?

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Our property lawyers frequently work for auction buyers and sellers. Homeward Legal often suggest bidders to decide on a fast conveyancing company in advance of the date of the auction to allow enough time for a full review of the auction legal pack,

Post day of bidding your chosen lawyer will be able to concentrate on completing the conveyancing inside the limited time as conventionally required by the conditions of sale.

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For fast conveyancing to buy a £709k house, what should we do?

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Primarily, contacting a proactive property lawyer is key fast conveyancing. When finding a suitable a property lawyer, consider these points: Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication? How soon will they order searches? Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?

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When in the conveyancing process should we instruct a conveyancer in Leighton Buzzard?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Leighton Buzzard, the faster you instruct the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks which may be carried out very early in the process. Some authors advocate holding off instruction until the offer is accepted, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.

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How much will the fees for searches total?

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The cost of conveyancing searches on a Leighton Buzzard house varies significantly, depending on the searches required. In Leighton Buzzard, the standard bundle of searches included a mining search and a drainage search.

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How is SDLT calculated and how much should it be on a £655000 residence?

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The Stamp Duty that will be due is based on the value of the home. It will be £26200 on a £655000 residential property.