Local information

Hertfordshire in southern England lies between Bedfordshire and Greater London. Key districts include Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead, both 'new towns', Bishop's Stortford and Watford, plus the cathedral city of St Albans. The market town of Hertford is the county town.

Much of the county is protected by green belt, and contains the attractive villages of Much Hadham, Tewin, Wheathampstead and a cluster of hamlets known as The Ayots. All offer family-friendly lifestyles and are within commuting distance of the capital via Welwyn Garden City, Tring or Harpenden.

Hertfordshire conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Welwyn Hatfield Council?

Hertfordshire is situated in Welwyn Hatfield Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Welwyn Hatfield Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1153.61
B £1345.88
C £1538.15
D £1730.42
E £2114.96
F £2499.50
G £2884.03
H £3460.84

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

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

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

Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs paid out on your behalf, e.g. HMLR fees or landlord's notice fees. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

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

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Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Hertfordshire sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a home in Hertfordshire - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

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

On occasion the location of the property will warrant specialist searches , for example a radon gas search.

To find out the cost of searches on a Hertfordshire move, use our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in Hertfordshire?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying a leasehold flat will usually take more time than a freehold home because there is more to prepare.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or slow receipt of the managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Our expert leasehold conveyancing team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Hertfordshire?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is quite a lot more difficult compared to a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Hertfordshire, which could include getting all relevant freeholder information, through to details of any disputes with the current leaseholder.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is recommended that you instruct a lawyer as soon as possible.

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

The conveyancing process for buying a new build in Hertfordshire is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancer in Hertfordshire must be able to deal with things like dealing with failures to arrange warranty provider inspections, negotiating new build contracts and .

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are experts in helping buyers get the best outcome 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 Hertfordshire - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

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

A network of solicitors acting for all major lenders - so whether you are you are changing to a tracker with Santander or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, we can assist.

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