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Conveyancing in Markyate Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Regional travel information

Markyate is close at roughly 1 1/2 mile of junction entry 10 Southbound of the M1.

The nearest airport to Markyate is Luton Airport (5 miles). Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 20 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and Booker Airport is 22 miles away. The nearest station to Markyate is Luton Airport Parkway, about 4 miles away.

Luton & Dunstable is the nearest hospital.

Q.

How do I find fixed rate conveyancing in Markyate?

A.

Both high-street and online solicitors claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional fees can inflate your final invoice. Extra charges included in terms and conditions ought to be fair. Any disbursements to be paid must also be stated on a quote

Q.

There are a growing number very helpful handbooks giving details on DIY conveyancing for example A Practical Approach to Conveyancing by Robert Abbey and Mark Richards . Do I need to spend money on a Markyate property solicitor for my move?

A.

There is no argument why you shouldn't complete the greater majority of the legal process without the help of a qualified Markyate conveyancing solicitor. That said, a conveyancing solicitor is familiar with a large array of jobs e.g. drafting contracts or apportioning ground rents most of which need a qualified professional. More importantly do it yourself conveyancers will be working without appropriate professional indemnity insurance which solicitors practices are legally obligated to carry.

Q.

We are buying in Markyate on a newly development former industrial site. Is the topsoil potentially contaminated?

A.

Markyate's local area has a history of contamination from agriculture or industry, like much of the UK. The local authority for Markyate will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

Does a lawyer in Markyate do any searches on the Hertfordshire forties semi-detached property I am intending to buy?

A.

The common procedure is to get the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, special local Markyate searches for example Land charge Search (bankruptcy only).

Q.

Our estate agent has put forward the solicitors firm that they have used before. Will it be more cost-effective to use this solicitor?

A.

It is common practice for estate agents to suggest a conveyancer, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

Q.

In respect of the fact that last year was second wettest year since on record we are worried that conveyancing searches (environmental) might not be detailed enough?

A.

Property conveyancing searches conducted by a lawyer in Markyate will include a far more in depth Landmark flood search if it is felt necessary.

If you are nervous you can always approach a neighbour or local resident.

Q.

We are buying a sixties investment flat in one of the conservation areas. Where can I find information in regards to the state of upkeep of the area?

A.

Conservation areas in Markyate are set up by Dacorum who administer things like public spaces to street guard rails.

English Heritage maintain a detailed list of the state of conservation areas in Markyate and throughout England as well as the vulnerability of the area.

Q.

Are charges for obtaining duplicate freehold company share certificates disbursements or fees?

A.

Some solicitors pass off additional costs as disbursements. It may not be clear whether a cost is a fee or not, and whether it should be included. These costs are fees not disbursements, and should be included in a conveyancing quote.

 
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