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Conveyancing in St Albans Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

As determined by the UK census St Albans has a residential population 250,427 spread over an area of 31,045 hectares giving a residential population density 8.1 people per hectare.

Motorists are well served with St Albans enjoying very convenient motorway access very close at 1 1/2m of the M10.

St Albans station is around 1 mile from St Albans. St Albans's closest airport is Elstree, Hogg Ln Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 21 mile s, Luton Airport is 9 miles, London City Airport is 24 miles, London Heliport Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 22 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 15 miles, Elstree Airport is 7 miles and Booker Airport is 23 miles away.

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St Albans area information

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Colney Heath Herts Windmill, Gorhambury House Historic Houses Association and Old Gorhambury House English Heritage are around St Albans.

The most convenient hospital to St Albans is St Albans City.

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How do I get fixed rate conveyancing in St Albans?

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Many conveyancers claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. However extra charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Additional charges ought to be reasonable. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Is gazumping accepted in St Albans?

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Gazumping arises when an offer is, following agreement, later rejected by the house seller, choosing instead a higher offer. The will be a danger of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing your solicitor as soon as possible to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

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We are intending to buy a home in Digswell. Is a chancel search important?

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Your conveyancing solicitor may suggest a chancel search. In St Albans's much older areas, chancel repair may be apportioned on owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have previously chosen not to do so. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like tables?

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In the main, there is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This makes a fixtures and fittings form so necessary.

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Is a home buyers survey sensible if we are buying residential property?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors advise that St Albans property purchasers arrange a home surveyor to undertake a survey. It is a fact that there are many defects that have a negative impact on a property, including settlement or wet rot. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

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In a few weeks I am looking to move out of our semi detached property on the outskirts of St Albans to a new property in South Oxhey what is the optimum stage to select a home removal company?

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The ideal approach is for buyers to avoid a removal firm until after all parties have fixed an absolute home moving date which commonly occurs once contracts are signed. Local information can be sought from Reallymoving.com Ltd, Suite 2 Unit 1/Verulam Ind Est/224 London Rd, St. Albans, AL1 1JB Call: 01727 238010 or Kelly's Self Storage Ltd, 1 Old Parkbury La, Colney Street, St. Albans, AL2 2EB Telephone: 0800 652 0323.

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If I am buying in St Albans, is it recommended to get a search for chancel liability?

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The Law Lords decision in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards church repairs. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. A solicitor will be able to advise further. St Albans ecclesiastical properties include St Peter, Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban, St Peter and St Saviour.

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I am bidding at a property auction and need arrange fast conveyancing, how can we speed things up?

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Instructing a experienced conveyancer is essential to fast conveyancing. There are a range of things you as the purchaser could do, such as, completing all forms as soon as possible, requesting status updates from the conveyancer regularly and arranging any finances require to complete the purchase.

 
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