By Frances Traynor
19th January 2018
"Working together is crucial for a smoother move."
If you want to buy or sell your home, then you should instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal work.
Homeward Legal's property lawyers have many years of conveyancing experience in Leighton Buzzard and around Bedfordshire. With our proactive, speed-focused methods, it means we complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Our solicitors perform all the legal work for your sale or purchase for a fixed cost of conveyancing.
We do not charge you any conveyancing fees, if for any reason your Bedfordshire house move does not complete.
With local Leighton Buzzard conveyancing expertise, our CQS solicitors will guide you through every aspect of the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
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.Q.
No. We will not charge any additional fees as we operate a fixed-fee system matched with our ‘No Completion, 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.Q.
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.Q.
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:
Retrieved on 28 March 2017Q.
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.Q.
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:
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.Q.
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 youQ.
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 Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.Q.
The customary conveyancing procedure is to get these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environmental as well as any particular searches, like Index Map.Q.
Your lawyer could advise a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the house being purchased 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.Q.
Leighton Buzzard is located in Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, contact: 0300 300 8000Q.
Buyers in Leighton Buzzard should be aware that some lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal will act for most mortgage lenders.Q.
As a result of chancel repair liability, the owners of property in Leighton Buzzard which was once owned by a 'lay rectors' can be liable for upkeep of churches. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. Leighton Buzzard churches where a chancel search may be appropriate include All Saints Parish Church.Q.
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.Q.
Hypothetically there is absolutely no reason why you cant apply this approach and complete the conveyancing on your own. That said, a conveyancing solicitor in Leighton Buzzard is in charge of a significant number of roles from such as chasing outstanding papers and handling retentions many of which really need a qualified professional.