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If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Central London, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in Central London, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in Central London: A mover's guide

From the centre of UK politics to the creative heart of artistic London, the five boroughs that make up our Central London guide offer home movers a little bit of everything.

Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets are the five boroughs closest to the centre of the capital. From multi-million-pound townhouses to high-rise flats, houseboats to funky attic apartments, these five offer disparate but intriguing home options.

Want to know more about conveyancing in Central London? We've got your questions answered.

What does conveyancing in Central London involve?

When buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for the paperwork and legal formalities that are part of the process. For example, if you are buying a home in Central London, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Central London conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals whose job is to do the legal legwork on your behalf. Find out more information on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Central London?

Getting a quote for conveyancing in Central London is easy with our online quote builder. Simply enter a few details about yourself, the transaction and the property, and you'll receive an instant quote. Alternatively you can call us direct on to chat through your conveyancing options.

How much does conveyancing in Central London cost?

The final price for conveyancing in Central London will depend on a number of factors - for example, the value of the property. If you're buying or selling, conveyancing could include a number of charges such as solicitors' fees, land registry fees, searches, surveyors' fees, stamp duty*** and more. For more information, check out our guide to average conveyancing fees.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

What types of property are available in Central London?

In Westminster, choose from Georgian houses and 1920s mansion flats along with new luxury apartments going up all around the borough but in particular near the revamped Victoria station.

Camden is one of London's most sought-after areas, thanks to its period properties - Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian - along with funky warehouse conversions, loft-style apartments and more traditional flats.

Islington too benefits from a long history. Its property portfolio includes examples from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras, with garden squares and period conversions alongside new apartment developments.

Hackney is also blessed with long Georgian and Victorian terraces, many of which have been converted into apartments. There are lots of ex-local authority properties in this area, sitting alongside modern apartment blocks and warehouse conversions. Meanwhile, the Hackney Empire is at the centre of a new cultural quarter in that borough, helped by major regeneration that has transformed the area.

Possibly the most diverse of the Central London boroughs we're featuring in terms of affordable property, Tower Hamlets includes the likes of Shoreditch, Canary Wharf's financial district, Wapping, Aldgate and Poplar. Along with traditional Victorian terraced properties and conversions, Tower Hamlets also contains many ex-local authority homes and many newbuild homes and apartments.

How much does the average property cost?

Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our Central London boroughs:

Westminster: £994,184 (detached £2,920,705; semi £2,549,895; terraced £1,677,377; flat/maisonette £931,785)

Camden: £836,605 (detached £3,000,064; semi £2,026,624; terraced £1,330,451; flat/maisonette £749,043)

Islington: £680,890 (detached £1,770,228; semi £1,257,919; terraced £1,079,889; flat/maisonette £602,757)

Hackney: £581,519 (detached £1,026,740; semi £992,049; terraced £843,957; flat/maisonette £532,392)

Tower Hamlets: £450,606 (detached £743,042; semi £692,005; terraced £624,915; flat/maisonette £438,104)

How much will I pay in council tax in Central London?

Each local authority is responsible for setting the council tax rates for its borough. Residential property is placed into one of eight bands depending on its valuation. You can check which band your chosen property is in on the government's valuation website.

As an example, we've provided the most popular Band D council tax rate for each of the five boroughs and a link to the council's website where you can check all ratings and costs.

Westminster: £780.28

Camden: £1,623.45

Islington: £1,547.88

Hackney: £1,511.68

Tower Hamlets: £1,392.42

How good are broadband speeds in Central London?

Full-fibre broadband is available in areas of London. Use your postcode and a broadband comparison site to find out the sort of service and speeds you can expect when moving to Central London.

What are schools like in Central London?

In Westminster, 19 schools are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. In Camden, that figure is 16; in Islington, 17 schools are rated outstanding; Hackney has 27 schools rated as outstanding; and Tower Hamlets has 32 schools given the outstanding rating.

If you know the school you're interested in, you can check its Ofsted rating on the government's school comparison website.

Is chancel repair liability something to worry about when buying property in Central London?

A historic charge that dates back to Henry VIII and the establishment of the Church of England, chancel repair liability is an unusual but expensive charge when it applies. We've created a comprehensive guide. Essentially some land and property owners within the boundaries of a Church of England parish may be liable for repairs to the church's chancel or altar. Your conveyancing solicitor for a Central London property purchase will advise you if a chancel repair liability search is necessary.

Are there conservation areas in Central London property buyers should know of?

Conservation areas are those with a special architectural or historical significance that means they should be preserved or enhanced. Each of our Central London boroughs contains a large number of conservation areas, which can affect any planned alterations or improvements to a property. When you're buying in Central London, your conveyancing solicitor will ask for a local authority search to show any current or historic planning consents for the property.

Will contaminated land be an issue in Central London?

Contaminated land is land formerly used for industry, including factories and steelworks, landfill and brickworks. This land must be cleaned up before it can be used again. London's long industrial history means some land may be affected by this type of contamination, especially as more newbuild developments go ahead on brownfield sites. To ensure this is not a problem for your property purchase, a Central London solicitor will commission as environmental search as part of your purchase conveyancing.

Should we instruct a conveyancing solicitor before buying a property at auction in Central London?

We always advise anyone buying property at auction to instruct a conveyancing solicitor before making an offer. This gives your Central London solicitor time to examine the lot's legal pack and ensure any purchase can be completed within the deadline, which is usually 28 days. Read more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property. At Homeward Legal, we work with expert property law firms who regularly complete transactions from auctions, including Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.

Did you know?

Some of the tallest buildings in Europe are part of the Canary Wharf complex on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets.

The famous Camden Market sprawls alongside the Regent's Canal, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of its opening in 2020. The canal is 8.6 miles long and has 12 locks.

We aim to make all conveyancing in Central London as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Whatever type of conveyancing you need - buying or selling property, remortgaging or a transfer of equity - we tailor our services to meet your exact requirements. Get an instant quote online now or call to talk to our team. We're open seven days so why not arrange a callback for a time convenient to you?

Areas within this district of London include:

Bayswater, Belgravia, Bloomsbury, Charing-Cross, Chinatown, Covent-Garden, Fitzrovia, Hyde-Park, Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Mayfair, Paddington, Piccadilly, Pimlico, Soho, Springfield-Park, The-Boltons, Victoria, West-End, Westminster