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Conveyancing in Brondesbury Q & A's

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Updated: 23/07/17

Local Brondesbury attractions

Fenton House National Trust Kenwood House English Heritage and Kentish Town St Luke Churches Conservation Trust are in the vicinity of Brondesbury.

Commuters are well catered for with Brondesbury situated with good motorway access approximately 2 miles of the A40M.

The nearest airport to Brondesbury is Northolt Jet Centre Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 12 miles, Luton Airport is 25 miles, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 6 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 10 miles, White Waltham Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 18 miles away. Brondesbury train station is about a mile from Brondesbury.

The closest hospital to Brondesbury is H Of St John & St Elizabeth London.

Q.

How do we get a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a freehold house?

A.

Many online and high street solicitors advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms which unwary buyers fail to check.

Q.

Would getting a Homebuyer Report be necessary when purchasing property in Brondesbury?

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We heavily advise that all buyers book a RICS survey if buying in Brondesbury. It is a fact that there are a wide range of problems which have a negative impact on a property, such as unsafe chimney circulation or insect infestation. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

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Would you recommend looking into how to hold off paying for stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax usually must be paid for homes over £125,000. Homeward Legal do not advise buyers arrange any stamp duty avoidance, as such schemes are expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will then be due.

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When in the process do you need to instruct a solicitor in Brondesbury?

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Simply, earlier is preferable. Some suggest waiting before instruction until an offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or buyer eager to move quickly.

Q.

As a result of the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began we are worried that conveyancing searches won't be thorough enough?

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A diligent Brondesbury solicitor will advise you to include conveyancing searches (environmental) if the environmental conveyancing searches identifies any kind of Brondesbury flood risk area data

For added area background it could be worth trying to converse with a neighbour or local resident.

Q.

Will you need a chancel liability search? I am buying a Brondesbury house near a church furlong.

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Brondesbury Church council. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Your solicitor can provide more details. Brondesbury ecclesiastical properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include Christ Church and St Anne.

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What is the council tax on a residential converted property in Brondesbury?

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Customarily the conveyancing report on title will give information the relevant Camden council tax band. The latest council tax rates for properties in Brondesbury are detailed online at the Camden council site. At the time of writing, 07/07/2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £886.00
  • Band B - £1,033.00
  • Band C - £1,181.00
  • Band D - £1,328.00
  • Band E - £1,624.00
  • Band F - £1,919.00
  • Band G - £2,214.00
  • Band H - £2,657.00

Q.

Will the Brondesbury property lawyer apply for any property on the London Regency terraced property I am purchasing

A.

When you are taking out a mortgage the lender expects at least the following Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches for example Commons Search.

 
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