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Bedford, the county town of Bedfordshire, was founded in Saxon times at a ford on the River Great Ouse. Historically at the centre of England's lace industry, the town was transformed into a major engineering hub in the 1800s.

Over the last century, Bedford became a magnet for people from all over the world and is now one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse towns in the UK. This has led to the development of the town's rich, cosmopolitan culture.

Express rail services to London St Pancras mean the capital can be reached in less than an hour.

Bedford conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Bedford Borough Council?

Bedford is situated in Bedford Borough Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Bedford Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1181.87
B £1378.84
C £1575.82
D £1772.80
E £2166.76
F £2560.71
G £2954.67
H £3545.60

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Bedford?

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) or planning documents. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Bedford are fixed, so for a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is exactly what you pay

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Bedford sale or purchase

Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Bedford sale or purchase.

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Bedford?

Conveyancing searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Bedford conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Almost all flats are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The legal work for a leasehold home typically takes longer than a freehold property as there is greater complexity.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete managing agent information to an absent freeholder.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Bedford?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is much more complex than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Bedford will need to conduct additional work, such as obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to finding out if there are any payment arrears.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is strongly advised that the seller instruct a property lawyer as soon as is practicable.

I am buying a new build property in Bedford - what do I need to know?

The legal work for purchasing a new build home in Bedford is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

Your solicitor in Bedford will need to be qualified to handle things like investigating developer incentives, verifying rights of access and .

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in working with buyers towards a successful transaction and working to tight developer deadlines.

Read more:

Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

I am remortgaging a property in Bedford - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Bedford will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Leeds Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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