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Conveyancing in Charing Cross Q & A's

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Updated: 24/04/17

Charing Cross area info

Brixton London Windmill, London The National Gallery Art Gallery and London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery are in Charing Cross.

The nearest station to Charing Cross is Charing Cross. London City Airport is 8 miles from Charing Cross. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 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 Charing Cross situated with very convenient motorway access very close at under 2m of the A40M.

The neighbouring hospital for Charing Cross is St Thomas Lambeth.


How do I get a discount conveyancing estimate in Charing Cross?


Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many solicitors offer theoretically cheap conveyancing, but additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Any additional costs included in the small print should be fair and clearly defined.


There are collections of helpful resources all about DIY conveyancing. Do I therefore have to use conveyancing solicitor in Charing Cross ?


It is certainly possible for you to handle the conveyancing on your own. However, a property solicitor in Charing Cross typically handles a long list of functions e.g. chasing any outstanding docs or communicating with managing agents many of which require experience. Moreover firms and their solicitors are legally obligated to take out acceptable cover that protects you in the event of any errors.


How long on average should I expect it to take our assigned conveyancing solicitor to carry out the conveyancing process on a maisonette in a Regency building we are intending to purchase in Charing Cross?

It can take anywhere from around a month to 12 weeks depending on any number of issues such as the speed of the vendor's property solicitor, or the time taken to issue draft contracts. Our property solicitors are notably proactive with the aim of exchanging in as little time as achievable.


We are worried about council tax charges on a Thirties converted property in Charing Cross, how much are they?


As a rule a title report will give detail the relevant Westminster council tax band. The latest council tax charges for Charing Cross are detailed online at the Westminster local authority website. At the time of authoring, 17 August 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £533.00
  • Band C - £609.00
  • Band D - £685.00
  • Band E - £837.00
  • Band F - £989.00
  • Band G - £1,141.00
  • Band H - £1,369.00


I am buying a £149000 property in Charing Cross, what will be calculated for SDLT?


The Stamp Duty Land Tax owed will depend on the purchase price. For a property worth £149000, SDLT is £1490.


What kind of flood plain searches in connection with the uncertain risk of possible flooding to properties in Westminster will my Charing Cross property lawyer be able to conduct on a Victorian maisonette I am going to buy?


A solicitor applies for conveyancing and environmental searches that should include Charing Cross flood risk area data. At the time of writing (08/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency do not reveal any flood warnings in Charing Cross.


How early do you need to get a conveyancer?


The short answer is, earlier is preferable. The legal work can then commence very early in the process. Instructing your solicitor earlier for a purchase enables you will the details of your Charing Cross solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process.


How do I determine additional data about the conservation areas in Charing Cross and Charing Cross?


Conservation area matters for instance public spaces or poorly maintained roads are police by the local Westminster planning authority. English Heritage, a government body, have produced records of the state of conservation areas.