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Conveyancing in Silsoe Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

The closest airport to Silsoe is Luton Airport (9 miles). Elstree Airport is 25 miles away and Flitwick train station is around 3 miles from Silsoe.

The most convenient hospital to Silsoe is Steppingley Flitwick.

Q.

I am trying to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Silsoe. What should we check?

A.

The confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many law firms claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra fees are often hiding in the small print which unwary homeowners fail to check. Based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

Q.

Will the report on the property's title compiled by the professional conveyancing solicitor in Silsoe investigate the relevant rates of council tax on a Band H house prior to exchange?

A.

A property solicitor will speak to the Central Bedfordshire local authority to find out the most up to date council tax charges which will then be added to the report on title. Correct rates for properties in Silsoe are set out in detail online at the Central Bedfordshire local authority site. At the time of writing (15 June 2012) rates 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.

In what ways does the property lawyer in Silsoe report back on the potential risk of a flood in the Silsoe area on a Regency house we intend to purchase?

A.

An experienced conveyancing solicitor applies for environmental searches, which include Silsoe area flood risk information.

Q.

Please address how to get out of paying stamp duty in Silsoe?

A.

Stamp duty mitigation scheme is not advised when buying in Silsoe, as such schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed and the total stamp duty amount may be due.

Q.

The web is full of plenty of online books giving details on doing your own legal work. Do we necessarily need to spend money on a Silsoe property lawyer for my home move?

A.

It can certainly possible to conduct your own conveyancing yourself. That said, a conveyancer is in charge of a large array of tasks including chasing mortgage offer or checking the lease some of which need experience. In addition firms and their solicitors are made responsible to obtain suitable insurance to safeguard you in the event of carelessness made by the lawyer.

Q.

We are purchasing a restored chapel in the parish of Campton. Is a chancel search compulsory?

A.

A conveyancer may suggest a chancel search. In Silsoe's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a house where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.

Q.

How do I find out if a property is in a conservation area?

A.

Areas considered to be of architectural merit, like historic transport links, may be designated as conservation areas. Silsoe itself is named as a conservation area. These restrictions create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities, but the benefits include protection for parks and green spaces.

Q.

Can you explain why the purchase conveyancing process goes on for so long?

A.

The conveyancing process may be lengthy, we, however, know how distracting such delays can be and seek to minimise their impact whenever we can.

 
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