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Conveyancing in Balham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/10/17

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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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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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.

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We are buying on a new development ex-industrial site. What should we do regarding caesium (Cs) soil contamination?

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Regulations have been passed to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. The local authority for Balham will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Will a conveyancing solicitor in Balham order any searches on the London Sixties end-of-terrace cottage I want to buy?

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If you are getting a mortgage, your lender requires you to at least the following for properties in Balham: Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search and Environmental and occasionally specific local Balham searches, which might include CON326.

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As a result of the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall in the future we are concerned that environmental searches might not be detailed enough?

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A competent conveyancing solicitor in Balham will advise you to get additional environmental searches if the enviro search flags up a Balham area flood risk

For added area background it may be sensible to contact a future neighbour.

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What factors are important to ensure a fast conveyancing process?

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Importantly, contacting a proactive conveyancing solicitor is essential to fast Balham conveyancing. When finding a conveyancing solicitor, you should ask yourself the following: Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote? Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact How soon will they order searches?

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What type of fact finding in connection with the risk and history of a flood in Wandsworth will a lawyer in Balham report back to us on?

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A key component in the legal procedure involves a conveyancer applying for property environmental searches that go into details about the potential Balham flood risk. A significantly more detailed flood history/risk search, such as the Landmark search, could possibly be suggested by the conveyancing solicitor in Balham if the results of the initial searches show that there is flood risk to the property. At the time of writing (06/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency flood reports website do not show any flood warnings in the Balham area.