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The county of Bedfordshire includes the three unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton. The two main towns are Luton and the smaller, county town, Bedford. The countryside includes the Chiltern Hills, Marston Vale and the Downs, with attractive villages such as Woburn and Harrold being named in the Sunday Times 120 best British villages in 2013.

Numerous paths and cycleways make walking and cycling easy and this, coupled with excellent indoor and outdoor sporting facilities make Bedfordshire an ideal place to bring up a family.

Bedfordshire conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Bedford Borough Council?

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

Conveyancing fees are comprised of fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on your behalf, e.g. Stamp Duty or property searches. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Bedfordshire are fixed, - for a standard conveyancing transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

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Our conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a house in Bedfordshire - which searches will I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

Occasionally the location of the property will warrant specialist searches , for example a British waterways search.

To check how much searches will cost on a Bedfordshire purchase try our conveyancing cost calculator.

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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

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. Purchasing a leasehold property can take weeks longer than freehold property as there is more work involved and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Examples of delays might include anything from missing leasehold documents to uncontactable landlords.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much longer to carry out the conveyancing on a leasehold house or flat when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as a current statement of service charges. Delays are usually the result of the time needed by the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork.

It could take several weeks to collect the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord, so the seller's solicitor should get this underway at the earliest opportunity.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

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

The conveyancing process for purchasing a new build property in Bedfordshire .

A property lawyer in Bedfordshire must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, verifying rights of easements and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Q Assure.

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move 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.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Bedfordshire property?

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 good Bedfordshire remortgage solicitor will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Conveyancers on the panel for all major lenders - so whether you are you are changing to a 95% mortgage with Santander or to a flexible mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, we can assist.

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