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Watford lies 15 miles north-west of central London in Hertfordshire and is a major regional centre for the Home Counties, with several large organisations choosing to locate their head offices in the town.

Despite its proximity to London, house prices are generally more affordable than other similarly proximate towns, but this may change once the proposed Croxley Rail Link (an extension to the Metropolitan Line) is completed, making access to stations easier.

New developments of flats have made North Watford and West and Central Watford ideal for first-time buyers, and the pleasant outlying districts of Bushey, Leavesden & Garston are popular with families.

Watford conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Watford Borough Council?

Watford is situated in Watford Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Watford Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1164.61
B £1358.72
C £1552.82
D £1746.92
E £2135.12
F £2523.33
G £2911.53
H £3493.84

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Watford conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Watford carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our expert solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your detailed quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your property transaction completes.

If, for whatever reason, your property transaction does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Watford?

Conveyancing searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Watford conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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

I am buying a leasehold property in Watford - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like undisclosed major works and excessive freehold premiums.

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 it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for leasehold houses or flats can result in long delays.

The buyer's solicitor must review this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time required by to get these documents together is commonly the source of delays.

The seller's solicitor should get this underway before a buyer has even been found, as this paperwork could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact.

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

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

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build property in Watford .

An experienced solicitor in Watford must be able to deal with things like dealing with delays associated with off-plan, working to builders' exchange timelines and .

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are experts in helping buyers get the best possible outcome 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 Watford property?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Watford remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

A network of solicitors acting for all major lenders - so whether you are you are moving to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a repayment mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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