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Conveyancing in Barnet Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/10/17

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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For fast legal work to buy a £ 185,000 home, what do we need to do?

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Many buyers will, correctly, argue that instructing a experienced solicitor is essential to a fast conveyancing transaction. That said, there are several things you, as the purchaser, can do to get moving sooner, such as, encouraging your solicitor to carry out searches promptly, answering any queries raised by the solicitor as soon as possible and arranging any finances require to complete the purchase.

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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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Could caesium (Cs) contaminate land in Barnet?

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Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Barnet, soil contamination is impossible to completely avoid. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Barnet, including local authorities.

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The current owner has unfortunately added unfitting satellite dishes to the flat in Barnet which I think might break nearby conservation area guidelines

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Your instructed conveyancing solicitor will carry out searches confirm whether the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have requisite permissions from the local council.

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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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Does a property lawyer in Barnet carry out any searches on the London Sixties detached property I want to buy?

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If you are taking out a mortgage the mortgage lender will expect a solicitor to get at least these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search, and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches, which may include a Development reports.

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Environmental searches are all well and good but in light of recent flooding, such as the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, are they comfort enough to find out sufficient information about the Barnet future flood risk?

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Property environmental searches applied for by the conveyancer in Barnet will also include the more rigorous search (Landmark) if required.

If you are anxious you can always call a local resident or regional North London flood damage expert, e.g. David Kirby Builders, 94 Northumberland Road, New Barnet, Barnet, EN5 1EE Tel: 020 84496036.