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Conveyancing in Markyate Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

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.

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.

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.

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.

We are aiming to purchase a modern property. Should we have property searches undertaken?

A.

Conveyancing searches are queries ordered in the interest of the purchaser, such as an environmental search, and cover solely the legal condition of the property's title.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Thirties converted Band B house in Markyate?

A.

You will be give detail your houses band within the report on title. Correct rates for Markyate are detailed on the Dacorum council website. At the time of writing (05 June 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £964.00
  • Band B - £1,125.00
  • Band C - £1,286.00
  • Band D - £1,447.00
  • Band E - £1,768.00
  • Band F - £2,089.00
  • Band G - £2,411.00
  • Band H - £2,893.00

Q.

Which local authority looks after Markyate?

A.

Markyate is located in St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE, phone: 01727 866 102

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.