Conveyancing in Bromley Q & As
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Conveyancing in Bromley Q & As

You will have to instruct a solicitor to complete the conveyancing work, if you are buying or selling a house or flat in Bromley.

Homeward Legal's solicitors have a vast amount of conveyancing experience in Bromley and throughout South East London. Our highly proactive approach means we complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Bromley

  • By road: Bromley is served by the A21.
  • By rail: The nearest train stations are Bromley South and Bromley North.
  • By air: Bromley is in reasonable proximity to several airports: London Biggin Hill Airport (5 miles), London Heliport (16 miles), London City Airport (16 miles), London Gatwick Airport (25 miles), London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (46 miles), and London Heathrow Airport Terminals 1-4 (47 miles).
  • Hospital: Priory Hospital Hayes Grove, Prestons Road, Bromley, BR2 7AS.
  • Council: London Borough of Bromley Council (www.bromley.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Whitehall Recreation Ground, Forster Memorial Park, Sundridge Park Golf Club, Hayes Common, and Jubilee Country Park.

How do we get a cheap solicitor for selling a residence?

Confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they had budgeted for. Many law firms, who offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', often have extra fees hiding in the solicitor's terms. Eager home-buyers and -sellers often ignore this small print when they instruct a lawyer. Fees found in the terms of engagement should be fair. A conveyancing quote should also clearly state any disbursements to be paid. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, providing quotes and not estimates, with a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

How do you determine the stamp duty rates, and how much will we need to pay on a £885,000 house?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate is dependent on the value of the property (i.e. the purchase price), but only if it is more than £125,000. In the example you’ve cited, there will be a one-off charge of £34,250 on your £885,000 property. Be aware that the government’s taxing policies may change with their budget announcements, potentially affecting the rate or the trigger value of SDLT. To keep current, you might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.

Which of the mortgage lender panels in Bromley are Homeward Legal’s solicitors on?

The Homeward Legal partnership has solicitors who have long experience working with the majority of lenders assisting home-buyers in Bromley. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Chancery Mortgage Services Ltd., 17 Langdon Road, Bromley, BR2 9JS
  • Grosvenor Partnership, 39 Rochester Avenue, Bromley, BR1 3DN
  • The Mortgage Den, 94 Beckenham Lane, Bromley, BR2 0DW.

Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Bromley?

Yes. Homeward Legal’s recommended conveyancing firms in Bromley frequently act on behalf of buyers and sellers at auction. We tend to encourage bidders to appoint an experienced property conveyancing lawyer well before the actual auction to allow adequate time for a thorough investigation of the legal papers for the lot. After the actual auction, your experienced property conveyancing lawyer is ready for concluding the legal work inside as short a time frame as legally required for an auction purchase. Contact our specialist auction experts on 0800 038 6699 for more information and to get a fixed-fee quote.

What investigations regarding the risk of local flooding around South East London will a conveyancer report on for my purchase of a two-bedroom terrace house?

A necessary component in the legal due diligence process carried out when buying a property involves the conveyancing lawyer applying for conveyancing and environmental searches. These will provide some details on the Bromley historical flood risk. If the risk of flooding dictates it, a more in-depth search (with Landmark) can be ordered.

For our mortgage lender, we have chosen Manchester Building Society to assist in purchased a semi-detached house in Bromley. What do we need to be aware of when agreeing the terms?

In some cases, lenders have decided to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean increased legal costs are passed on to the buyer. Homeward Legal will act for all large lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, thus ensuring that an additional lawyer will not be required to act for your lender. Call our professional team on 0800 038 6699 for more information and for a fixed-fee quote.

How long will it take our assigned conveyancer to finish the legal process for a terraced home in Bromley that we intend to buy?

Traditionally notoriously slow and thoroughly frustrating, the conveyancing process can take between one and three months. Unfortunately, the duration of buying or selling any residence can vary a great deal. The length of time is predicated on several issues which may affect the smoothness of the transaction (e.g. slow responses from a mortgage application, or other more contentious issues arising). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Give us a call to arrange a fixed-fee quote or use the online quote calculator.

How much will the council tax be on a terraced house in Bromley?

As part of the conveyancing report on title, your lawyer will contact the local authority (here, the London Borough of Bromley) to obtain the tax band and the council tax amount associated with your Bromley property. Council tax charges for residents of Bromley are published online at the Bromley council website (refer to the public service information at the top of these FAQs). The tax band charges for the 2016/2017 tax year are:

  • Band A - £898.18
  • Band B - £1,047.88
  • Band C - £1,197.57
  • Band D - £1,347.27
  • Band E - £1,646.06
  • Band F - £1,946.06
  • Band G - £2,245.45
  • Band H - £2,694.54
  • Retrieved 10 February 2017