Berkhamsted conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Dacorum Borough Council?

Berkhamsted is situated in Dacorum Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Dacorum Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1129.12
B £1317.31
C £1505.49
D £1693.68
E £2070.05
F £2446.43
G £2822.80
H £3387.36

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of the conveyancer's legal fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the taxes and additional costs incurred on your behalf, such as HMLR registration fees or land charges. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Berkhamsted are fixed, - for a standard transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no hidden extras

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Berkhamsted 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 Berkhamsted sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a house in Berkhamsted which property searches will I require?

The standard search pack will include:

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

Sometimes the solicitor will recommend additional searches e.g. a mining search.

To check the price of searches on a Berkhamsted house or flat try our calculator.

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

How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Berkhamsted?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold property because there is more to prepare and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from out-of-date contact information for the freeholder to incomplete service charge accounts.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold house or flat usually takes longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. Delays are usually the result of the time it takes the seller's conveyancer to get these documents together.

The solicitor should start this process before a buyer has even been found, because the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond.

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

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

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

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Berkhamsted will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our property solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to an offset mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a flexible mortgage with Birmingham Midshires, our remortgage team can assist.

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