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Described as a 'boom town for the brainy' and a 'honey-coloured hotspot' Cambridge is listed in Country Life magazine's top 10. One of Britain's most loved cities and prevented from sprawling by its surrounding green belt, Cambridge boasts a wide range of social, cultural and leisure activities.

Cambridge has also been named the best city in England to work in - and is a prime spot for high-tech companies to locate. This enhanced quality of life is reflected in property prices also makes Cambridge one of the UK's most expensive cities in which to live. Figures indicate that Cambridge has experienced the fastest increase in average property prices of any UK local authority in 2017.

Cambridge conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Cambridge City Council?

Cambridge is situated in Cambridge City Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Cambridge City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1139.37
B £1329.27
C £1519.16
D £1709.06
E £2088.85
F £2468.64
G £2848.43
H £3418.12

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

Conveyancing fees are comprised of the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, e.g. HM Land Registry fees and local authority searches. Legal fees are for the solicitor's legal work.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Cambridge are fixed, so what we quote is exactly what you pay

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I'm buying a property in Cambridge - which searches will I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

Occasionally the solicitor will advise additional searches , for example a radon gas search.

To work out how much searches will cost on a Cambridge house or flat you can use our our conveyancing 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 Cambridge?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The conveyancing for a leasehold home will usually take more time than freehold property because there is more to prepare and there is greater complexity.

Causes of numerous delays can range from slow delivery of managing agents' documents to an absent freeholder.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats typically takes longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include a current statement of service charges and management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time required by your lawyer to source this information.

It can take weeks to collect this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond, so your lawyer ought to start this process as soon as possible.

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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 Cambridge property?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Cambridge could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our network of solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to an offset mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a flexible mortgage with the Bank of Ireland, our remortgage team can assist.

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