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Conveyancing in Belvedere Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Moving to a house in the Belvedere area? Useful Belvedere public service details -

The nearest station to Belvedere is Belvedere, around a mile away and London City Airport is 4 miles from Belvedere. London Heliport Airport is 15 miles, London Airport is 25 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 25 miles, Elstree Airport is 24 miles, Rochester Airport is 19 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 12 miles away.

Erith & District is the closest hospital for Belvedere.

Q.

I need to find fixed rate Belvedere conveyancing. What is included?

A.

Many buyers and sellers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many property lawyers purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. The conveyancing quote should list any disbursements to be paid.

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What do we need to be aware of if purchasing a building in a Bexley local authority designated conservation area ?

A.

An integral part of the legal due diligence when buying a property involves carrying out searches of Bexley local authority to identify conservation area status and consent for any developments. .

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Would you address taking steps to bypass paying stamp duty on the property?

A.

SDLT is due for property purchases priced at over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Homeward Legal do not recommend any stamp duty mitigation scheme, as such schemes are expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.

Q.

What is the council tax on a mid-terrace Band B property in Belvedere?

A.

You will be supplied the houses council tax band with the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date charges for properties in Belvedere are tabled at the Bexley local authority website. At the time of authoring (20 December 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £957.00
  • Band B - £1,116.00
  • Band C - £1,276.00
  • Band D - £1,435.00
  • Band E - £1,754.00
  • Band F - £2,073.00
  • Band G - £2,392.00
  • Band H - £2,871.00

Q.

Would acquiring a survey be sensible when purchasing a property?

A.

It is advised that Belvedere property purchasers arrange a property surveyor. A range problems will impact a property. These can include subsidence, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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Does the property solicitor in Belvedere order any searches on the London Fifties mid terrace house I want to buy?

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When you are obtaining a mortgage a mortgage lender mandates at least the following Local Authority Search, Drainage Search and Environmental and perhaps specific local searches e.g. a British Waterways.

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Which local authority is responsible for Belvedere?

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Belvedere is located in London Borough of Bexley Council, Civic Offices, Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7LB, Tel: 020 8303 7779

Q.

When do you need to speak to a conveyancer in Belvedere?

A.

If you use a conveyancing firm offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better. Instructing a solicitor early for a purchase enables you will the details of your Belvedere solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers.

 
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