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Conveyancing in Balham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/05/18

Intending to moving to Balham? Some handy Balham public service facts -

Balham's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 11 miles away and Balham's closest train station is Balham at 1 mile s.

The nearest hospital for Balham is Springfield University Tooting Bec.

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How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Balham for a £489,000 house?

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The confusion over this issue catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers promote supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions that buyers often do not check. Any additional fees listed in terms and conditions ought to be fair. They only apply in cases where the conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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Why could the conveyancing process in Balham take weeks to complete?

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Conveyancing could be lengthy. We appreciate how disruptive they may be and aim to minimise their consequences by using fast search providers.

Q.

We have to instruct fast solicitors in Balham, is that you?

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Homeward Legal has a take charge method to carrying out conveyancing to meet the clients needs.

Homeward Legal only ever introduce you to conveyancing lawyers that will always attempt to communicate throughout the property chain .

Also our carefully chosen panel of conveyancing solicitors are chosen because they rely on the latest legal software and information technology systems to drive through the sale of your property fast.

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Is the Stamp Duty Land Tax fee a fee or disbursement?

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It is not always obvious whether a cost is a fee or a disbursement. This charge is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a quote.

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How much can the searches be?

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The cost of Balham searches varies somewhat, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. Additional searches your solicitor may recommend include a commons registration search.

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We are buying a converted chapel in the parish of Fulham St John. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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Whichever Balham parish in which you are purchasing, a conveyancer may suggest a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will continue to be unaffected.

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We are enquiring about council tax amounts on a Fifties mid-terrace property in Balham, how much are they?

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Normally the conveyancing report on title should give information the appropriate Wandsworth council tax band.

The latest council tax rates for residents of Balham are detailed at the Wandsworth council website. As at, 22 October 2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £532.00
  • Band C - £608.00
  • Band D - £684.00
  • Band E - £836.00
  • Band F - £988.00
  • Band G - £1,140.00
  • Band H - £1,367.00

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What does 'gazumping' actually mean?

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This describes circumstances where a house seller accepts an offer and then rejects it, opting for a greater offer. Gazumping may happen even months into a transaction. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing a conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible.