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Conveyancing in Cheam Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Cheam area info

Cheam Lumley Chapel Churches Conservation Trust and Croydon Airport Vistor Centre Aviation Museum are easily accessible from Cheam.

Cheam's nearest train station is Cheam. The closest airport to Cheam is London Biggin Hill Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London City Airport is 16 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 12 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 21 mile and away.

The closest hospital to Cheam is St Anthonys Sutton.

Q.

On the purchase of a 493k property, what will be the fees? I am trying to find a low cost conveyancing quote.

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing, but additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. A conveyancing quote should, in addition, define any disbursements. Costs which are listed in terms of engagement needs to be fair and only apply to matters if the solicitor is required to complete extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

I am purchasing a property in the parish of South Hackney. Do we need a chancel search?

A.

Your solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be taken out. In older areas of Cheam, chancel repair may be apportioned on owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

Q.

In a few months we are shortly going to move out of our terraced residence in Cheam into our new building in Beddington . When to instruct a removal company?

A.

Most conveyancers tend to recommend that buyers wait organising removals until after exchange of contracts as generally a home moving date wont have been firmed up.

Usually removals firms might charge a re booking cost . For a local Sutton company Anicemanwithavan.Com, 25 Church Hill Rd, Sutton, SM3 8LJ on 0844 332 8512 or P A B Removals, 48 Tilehurst Rd, Sutton, SM3 8PB Phone: 020 8641 8179.

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What does 'gazumping' mean?

A.

This is common both in Cheam, and across Sutton and describes circumstances where a home owner accepts an offer and then dismisses it, selecting instead a greater offer. There is almost always a risk of gazumping. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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Should I choose a lawyer that works with by my local agent?

A.

If you instruct a solicitor through this route, you the agent is able to move the conveyancing process along. These referrals should be thoroughly considered, as an agent may select the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

We are bidding at a property auction and need arrange fast conveyancing, what do we need to do?

A.

It is well established that faster conveyancing is essential to instruct a experienced solicitor. When choosing a solicitor, consider these questions: How soon will they order searches? Was there a delay delivering a quote? Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.

Q.

Can you state how to circumvent paying for stamp duty land tax?

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We firmly advise against any stamp duty avoidance, because these schemes are costly and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.

Q.

What are the alternatives if we buy a location] house within the boundary of a Sutton council conservation area ?

A.

Part of the property legal includes carrying out searches of Sutton planning authority to check conservation area status and the existence of consent for modifications. .

 
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