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Conveyancing in Biggin Hill Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Biggin Hill area info

Keston London Windmill and Downe Down House (Charles Darwin) English Heritage are in Biggin Hill.

Biggin Hill's nearest airport is London Biggin Hill Airport (0 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 23 miles, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 15 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 23 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 25 miles, Rochester Airport is 21 mile and away. Biggin Hill's closest train station is Hayes.

The most convenient hospital to Biggin Hill is Princess Royal University Orpington.

Q.

I need discount conveyancing. What should we check?

A.

Several firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional fees may increase the final invoice. Any fees listed in terms of engagement should be fair and reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

Q.

What type of investigation in relation to the potential risk of a flood at Kent will my solicitor in Biggin Hill check out for an Edwardian property we are intending to purchase?

A.

The lawyer makes an application for formal conveyancing and environmental searches that should include Biggin Hill flood risk area data.

Q.

What do we need to know about 'fixtures and fittings'?

A.

Usually, fixtures are fixed to walls, floors or ceilings and fixtures are free-standing items, like tables. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

Q.

Holmesdale Building Society is going to be our lender - is there anything I need to consider?

A.

House buyers need to be aware that some lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. We can act for all major CML-approved lenders to ensure that you will not need to pay legal costs to your lender's solicitor.

Q.

I am going to a property auction and will would like arrange fast conveyancing, what can we do to speed up the conveyancing process?

A.

Finding a proactive, diligent property lawyer is the key to fast conveyancing. There are several things you as the buyer can do to speed up the process, such as, promptly completing and return any forms, keeping in regular contact with the property lawyer and arranging your mortgage offer.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Fifties terraced property in Biggin Hill?

A.

More often than not a conveyancer's title report should contain the Bromley council tax band. Correct rates for properties in Biggin Hill are tabled at the Bromley council website. At the time of authoring on 21/12/2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £865.00
  • Band B - £1,010.00
  • Band C - £1,154.00
  • Band D - £1,298.00
  • Band E - £1,586.00
  • Band F - £1,875.00
  • Band G - £2,163.00
  • Band H - £2,596.00

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Where do I go about ascertain if the Biggin Hill designated conservation area is neglected?

A.

Local conservation areas are created by the local authority (Bromley) who oversee the state of the area including things like advertising hoardings, the addition of stone cladding and whether trees can be cut down.

English Heritage keep records of the state of conservation areas.

Q.

We are buying on a ex-industrial site. Can the soil still be contaminated?

A.

Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Biggin Hill, top-soil contamination is unavoidable. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contaminants like detergents and organohalides.

 
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