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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?

Cambridgeshire is situated in Cambridge City Council. Council tax bands 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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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Cambridgeshire conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Cambridgeshire offer their services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Quittance's 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 our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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.

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

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.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

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.

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

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 .

Our specialist team of new build solicitors are well versed in working with buyers towards 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.

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 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Cambridgeshire 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 a fixed-rate mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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