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Conveyancing in Potton Q & A's

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Updated: 22/10/17

Potton travel information:

Potton's nearest airport is Cambridge City Airport. Luton Airport is 19 miles and away. The nearest train station to Potton is Sandy, approximately 3 miles away.

Biggleswade is the neighbouring hospital to Potton.

Q.

We need a company that offers cheap conveyancing in Potton. What should we check?

A.

Several firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra costs will be included in the terms. A quote should, in addition, define any disbursements.Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

Which government body is under obligation for publishing the state of neglect the conservation areas in Potton?

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English Heritage have put together details of the state of conservation areas along with the vulnerability to a worsening of the condition of the area. Local Potton conservation areas are specified by the local Central Bedfordshire planning authority, who are responsible for the state of the area including things like traffic signs, extensions and private spaces.

Q.

Should we order a chancel search if I plan to purchase in the parish of Bedford St Mary, near Potton?

A.

The conveyancing lawyer could advise that a chancel search be ordered, regardless of the parish where the house being bought is found. Through some Parochial Church Councils have chosen to charge chancel repairs on the current owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will continue to be free from liability. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

Q.

The current owner has installed unseemly new windows on the property which I think might violate Potton conservation area rules.

A.

Central Bedfordshire planning authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) carried out by a property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing should find out whether the Potton property a conservation area proof of Coal Authority consent for modifications will be requested.

Q.

Our estate agent in Wingate has offered a property solicitor which they often use. Will it be more cost-effective to instruct them?

A.

It is common practice for agents in Wingate to recommend one or more conveyancing firms. However, if they are paid a referral fee, there is a risk that an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

Can you advise how we defer paying stamp duty?

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We firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and can be very unlikely to succeed.

Q.

Will the report on title compiled by the Potton lawyer outline rates of council tax for a Band E house prior to exchanging contracts?

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A property solicitor will contact the Central Bedfordshire local council to ascertain the most up to date council tax band and rates, which will be set out in the report on title. Council tax charges for Potton are detailed online at the Central Bedfordshire local authority website. At the time of authoring on 10 August 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00

Q.

Regarding the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record I am questioning if environmental searches aren't thorough enough?

A.

An experienced conveyancing solicitor in Potton should apply for property conveyancing searches if the standard searches spots a any kind of Potton flood risk.

You might be able to get in touch with a neighbour for some further confidence.