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Conveyancing in Bexley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/04/17

Buying or selling a property in the area? Helpful local travel and services details:

The closest station to Bexley is Charing Cross, around 1 mile away. London City Airport is 7 miles from Bexley. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

Commuters are well served with Bexley being well placed with very good major road access nearby at about a couple of miles of the A40M.

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Bexley attractions

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are in Bexley.

The most convenient hospital for Bexley is Royal London Homeopathic.

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We are trying to find a cheap solicitor to own a home. How do I get a quote?

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Numerous firms advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra costs can increase the final invoice. Extra charges listed in the terms ought to be reasonable and clear. Your Bexley conveyancing quote should state the disbursements to be paid.

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The owner has fitted unsympathetic dormer windows to the maisonette in Bexley which I think may contravene nearby conservation area criteria

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Your instructed property solicitor will make enquiries to confirm if the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the requisite consent.

Should no appropriate consents be available your conveyancing solicitor will give you professional advice on all options

such as seeking an indemnity insurance policy or getting retrospective approval from Bexley council.

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Is a property in Thamesmead East eligible for stamp duty relief?

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There are around two thousand disadvantaged areas in the UK. Areas in Bexley are Thamesmead East. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

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We are buying a £506000 property in Bexley, what should be calculated for stamp duty?

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The rate of stamp duty you must pay will depend on the valuation. For a Bexley property purchased for £506000, the rate will be £20240 (information correct 01/02/2013).

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How much does the searches be?

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With Homeward Legal, a purchase conveyancing client charged at a maximum £249 for a standard search bundle.

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Which Bexley lender panels are you a member of?

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We work with all the major lenders assisting home buyers in Bexley. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Robinson Liddell & Jackson, 1a Wellington Pde/Blackfen Rd, Sidcup, DA15 9NB, S J Consultants, 75 Granville Rd, Sidcup, DA14 4BT, and Independant Mortgage Solutions, 77A Sidcup High St, Sidcup, DA14 6DW. The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction should be able to give more detail.

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In respect to the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, I am worried that environmental searches won't be exacting enough?

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Conveyancing and environmental searches applied for by your lawyer in Bexley will also include the more detailed flood search if required.

If you remain still concerned why not visit a local resident.

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I am intending to purchase with Britannia - what will we need to be aware of?

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Over the last two years, some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in higher conveyancing costs for buyers. Homeward Legal, fortunately, can act on behalf of the majority of lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

 
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