By Frances Traynor
19th April 2018
"The team you can rely on throughout your home move."
Solicitors who carry out all the legal work for your sale or purchase for a fixed price.
We do not charge you any solicitors fees for buying and selling a home, if your Hertfordshire house move does not complete.
With St Albans conveyancing expertise, our CQS solicitors will guide you through the details of the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: St. Albans is served by the M1, A1(M) and A414. By rail: The nearest train station is St. Albans City. By air: St. Albans has easy access to a number of airports, including: Elstree Aerodrome (8 miles), London Luton Airport (12 miles), Northolt Jet Centre (18 miles), London Heathrow Airport (26 miles), London Heliport (29 miles), Wycombe Air Park (33 miles), London Stansted Airport (37 miles), and London City Airport (39 miles).
Hospital: St. Albans City, Waverley Road, St. Albans, AL3 5PN. Council: St. Albans City and District Council (www.stalbans.gov.uk).
Attractions: St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans Organ Museum, Verulamium Park, Roman Wall, Watercress Wildlife Site, and Kingsbury Watermill.Q.
No. Homeward Legal never hide any extra costs for conveyancing in their quotes. You should be aware that some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes, with details of disbursements and other costs hidden in the small print of the terms of engagement. The final bill you receive may be much more than you thought you were going to pay. Homeward Legal’s quotes provide clear statements of your legal fees and disbursements for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.Q.
At the beginning of the millennium, the Law Lords reaffirmed that, in hearing a case brought by a Parochial Church Council, 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards church repairs. Home-owners who 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 you further, along with any recommendations for indemnity insurance. St. Albans ecclesiastical properties include:
Conservation areas are established to protect regions designated as being of architectural or historical merit. Living in a conservation area can give you a sense of security that the surroundings are unlikely to change, but equally the restrictions could add to maintenance costs. A conveyancing solicitor will be happy to discuss the relevant responsibilities for prospective properties located in a conservation area.Q.
Homeward Legal highly recommends that all buyers in St. Albans arrange a building survey, whether you are purchasing a new-build or an older property. Several structural concerns (e.g. missing roof tiles, rotten woodwork, failing double-glazing, etc.) can negatively affect a property, and issues such as these are not within the remit of the conveyancing itself.Q.
The Homeward Legal partnership has worked in St. Albans alongside most of the lenders and brokers, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in and around St. Albans, such as:
Your solicitor will, as part of the conveyancing work, contact the council and establish the precise band and rate of tax for your property, which will then be detailed in the title report. The amount that you will be charged for the current tax year will be on a pro rata basis. For the 2016/2017 tax year, St. Albans council tax charges were:
Retrieved on 1 March 2017Q.
The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) due will primarily depend on the purchase price of your property among a few other factors. It is triggered for any value over £125,000; lower than that, and you will not have to pay any duty. In the example cited, the duty owed would be £8,750 on a property bought for £375,000. Note that the government’s budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.Q.
While you are perfectly within your rights not to appoint a conveyancing solicitor for your house-move, Homeward Legal would advise strongly against doing your own legal work. You are most likely not going to have the experience in the conveyancing process, and you are probably going to make mistakes along the way. This results in two significant problems: first, your conveyancing will inevitably be slower than for an experienced solicitor, thereby introducing delays and potential jeopardy for your move; second, and most important, you will not carry the requisite personal indemnity insurance that the Law Society demands every law firm carries to protect you. Call our conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs further and to obtain a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.Q.
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.Q.
The Homeward Legal partnership have worked alongside most lenders approved by the CML. A number of mortgage specialists operate in St Albans, like Commercial Property Finance, 77 Oakwood Rd, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, AL2 3QB, Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau, 24 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, AL1 1BZ, and JC Independent Financial Centre, Investment House/113 London Rd, St. Albans, AL1 1LR.Q.
St Albans is located in Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1RL, Call: 01923 776 611Q.
The cost of searches can vary, subject to the searches your lender requires. Searches are charged at cost.Q.
A thorough conveyancing solicitor in St Albans will suggest that you also get detailed environmental searches (Landmark database search) if the first conveyancing searches establishes a local St Albans flood risk.
It could be worth trying to get in touch with a next door neighbour to gain further comfort.Q.
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.Q.
Conservation areas are set up by the local St Albans planning authority, who govern conservation area concerns from including things like ugly parking meters, rear extensions and whether trees can be cut down.
Following a campaign, English Heritage now maintain records about the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the risk of deterioration.