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Conveyancing in Barnet Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Thinking of moving to the Barnet area? Relevant local public transport and public service facts and figures -

Barnet is about 1 1/2m of the M1 Junction 1 Northbound.

Barnet's nearest airport is Elstree, Hogg Ln Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 14 miles, Luton Airport is 22 miles, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 14 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 9 miles, Elstree Airport is 8 miles, White Waltham Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 20 miles away. The nearest train station to Barnet is Cricklewood.

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Local Barnet attractions

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Fenton House National Trust , Arkley Londn Windmill, Kenwood House English Heritage and RAF Museum Hendon Aviation Museum are near to Barnet.

The nearest hospital is Garden.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a £162k property?

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Numerous property lawyers advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional charges can pad the final bill. Your conveyancing quote ought to list the disbursements to be paid.

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If I plan to buy in the parish of Greenford, are we advised to get a chancel search?

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Your conveyancing solicitor could advise a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the home being purchased is located. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have exercised their right to impose chancel repairs on current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not continue to be so.

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What is the council tax on a period semi-detached Band A building in Barnet?

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You will be give information the houses band as part of the conveyancing report on title. Council tax

rates for Barnet are listed online at the Barnet local authority website. At the time of authoring (20 December 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £947.00
  • Band B - £1,104.00
  • Band C - £1,262.00
  • Band D - £1,420.00
  • Band E - £1,735.00
  • Band F - £2,051.00
  • Band G - £2,367.00
  • Band H - £2,840.00

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Is the HS2 line going to impact Clerkenwell?

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Yes, HS2 will be an issue in property in Clerkenwell. This London to West Midlands line may be operational by 2026, the disruption to affected property, however, will begin once works start, which are expected to begin by 2017.

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HSBC Bank will be our mortgage lender, what do I need to know?

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Until recently, it was usually straightforward for solicitors to act for both a buyer and their lender. Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. For property purchasers, this can result in significantly greater legal costs. Homeward Legal, however, can act for most mortgage lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

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What makes purchase conveyancing to take months to complete?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property could suffer setbacks for many reasons. The delays are beyond the solicitor's power, Homeward Legal, however, seek to reduce their burden where feasible by driving the sale or purchase forward. Reasons for delay can include problems with arranging a mortgage.

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How can we find out whether a building is in a conservation area?

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Conservation areas qualify streets and neighbourhoods of historical or architectural value. You may wish to contact the local council if you have specific questions, but your conveyancing solicitor will address this during the conveyancing process.

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I am buying a sixties investment property in a conservation area in Barnet, how does one locate more details on the state of upkeep?

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Conservation areas are specified by Barnet who regulate everything from what can be developed to the deterrence of advertising hoardings. English Heritage have assembled a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

 
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