Hitchin conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Central Bedfordshire Council?

Hitchin is situated in Central Bedfordshire Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Central Bedfordshire Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1250.81
B £1459.28
C £1667.75
D £1876.22
E £2293.16
F £2710.10
G £3127.03
H £3752.44

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

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.

Our fees for buying or selling a house in Hitchin are fixed, - for a standard transaction, what we quote 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.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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.

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

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.

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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 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.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in working with buyers towards a successful transaction and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

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 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Hitchin remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our 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.

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