Hitchin Conveyancing: FAQs
We understand that the conveyancing process for buying or selling a home can be complex, so we have put together a list of questions our Hitchin clients often ask. If you have a specific question about Hitchin conveyancing that we haven't covered here, please call 0800 022 4108 to speak to a member of our team.
Buying property in Hitchin
I am buying a new build property in Hitchin - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build in Hitchin can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.
A property lawyer in Hitchin will need to be qualified to handle things like checking new build mortgage procedures are followed, ensuring new estate roads are adopted and registering ownership with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and BOPAS.
How much Council Tax must I pay for a property in Central Bedfordshire Council in 2022?
Hitchin is situated in Central Bedfordshire Council. Council tax bands are:
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I'm buying a house in Hitchin - what searches do I need?
The standard pack includes:
- Local Authority Search
- Regulated Water Search
- Environmental Search
- Chancel liability insurance
On occasion the initial search results will recommend specialist searches , for example a flood search.
To see the total cost of searches on a Hitchin move, use our online conveyancing costs calculator.
I am buying a leasehold property in Hitchin - what do I need to know?
Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and onerous clauses in the lease.
A good property lawyer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Selling property in Hitchin
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.
Remortgaging in Hitchin
Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Hitchin property?
Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.
The official UK base rate is currently set at 1.25% (June 2022). A good Hitchin remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.
Property solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with Santander or to a flexible mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.
Transferring equity in Hitchin
Can Quittance help with a transfer of equity on my Hitchin home?
If your property is owned by one or more people and you wish to transfer ownership the property to someone else, you will need a solicitor to carry out a 'Transfer of Equity'. Your conveyancing solicitor can complete the process quickly for a low fixed fee. Your solicitor can also complete the legal work on an associated remortgage at the same time.
Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Hitchin
What's the difference between fees and disbursements?
A key difference between conveyancing fees and disbursements is who they are paid to.
Legal fees are paid to your solicitor for the work they do, whereas disbursements are paid through your solicitor to third parties like managing agents.
How much should I be paying in conveyancing legal fees in 2022?
Hidden fees and potential additional costs could unexpectedly add to your final conveyancing bill, so when you are comparing Hitchin conveyancing quotes, you should check what each quote does include. If a fee is included in one online quote but not another, check the small print.
If you are buying a leasehold property, with Help to Buy, or a share of freehold, check if there is an additional charge for this extra work.
General Hitchin property lawyers FAQs
How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Hitchin?
Conveyancing fees include the conveyancer's legal fees and disbursements.
Disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example HMLR registration fees and local authority searches. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.
Your fees for buying or selling a house in Hitchin are fixed, - for a standard transaction, what you are quoted is what you pay
Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Hitchin sale or purchase
Our conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Hitchin sale or purchase.
How we can help you
If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Hitchin and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.
We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.
- No Move, No Fee Guarantee
- Fixed fee conveyancing service
- Hitchin experts
- CQS-accredited panel solicitors
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