Situated on the edge of the Fens, low-lying Cambridgeshire is part of the region known as East Anglia. It includes the historic county of Huntingdonshire, the Isle of Ely and the Soke of Peterborough. The city of Cambridge, with its prestigious university, is the county town.
The city of Cambridge is protected by greenbelt meaning that people moving to the area will be able to enjoy rural Cambridgeshire for years to come.
In 2011 a UK-wide survey carried out by the Halifax revealed South Cambridgeshire as the county with the highest quality of life. A combination of high salaries, good health and life expectancy and low rainfall make the most desirable area to live in rural Britain.
Cambridgeshire conveyancing FAQs
How much is the Council Tax in Cambridge City Council in 2021?
Cambridgeshire is situated in Cambridge City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:
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Are Cambridgeshire conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Cambridgeshire offer their services on a price per hour basis.
Some solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your house purchase or sale completes.
If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of a No Move, No Fee guarantee.
I'm buying a house in Cambridgeshire - what searches do I need?
The search pack for a standard property includes:
- Regulated Local Authority Search
- Residential Environmental Search
- Regulated Water Search
- Chancel search liability
Sometimes the initial search results will recommend specialist searches e.g. a transport search.
To work out how much searches will cost on a Cambridgeshire house or flat, use our conveyancing cost calculator.
I am buying a leasehold property in Cambridgeshire - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and unreasonable lease extension premiums.
Your solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?
Yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat usually takes longer.
The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time it takes the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.
It can take a long time to gather this information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the seller's solicitor ought to start this process as soon as possible.
I am buying a new build property in Cambridgeshire - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing process for purchasing a new build property in Cambridgeshire is more complicated than buying an existing property.
A good solicitor in Cambridgeshire will need to be qualified to handle things like handling reservation fees, checking that any contracts allow for future 'common parts' maintenance and .
I am remortgaging a property in Cambridgeshire - do I need a solicitor?
Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.
The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.1% (Apr 2021). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Cambridgeshire will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.
Property solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, a remortgage solicitor can assist.
Will I need a solicitor if I am transferring equity in my Cambridgeshire home?
A 'transfer of equity' will be required if the ownership structure of the Cambridgeshire property needs to be changed, but at least one of the current owners will remain on the title, or if the property is being gifted to a child or relative. The legal process of transferring equity differs from an outright purchase or sale. Your solicitor can carry out the legal process for you for a guaranteed fixed fee. If you will also be remortgaging, this can be completed at the same time as the transfer.
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