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Conveyancing in Chinatown Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/18

Chinatown area info

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and London The National Gallery Art Gallery are in the vicinity of Chinatown.

The closest train station to Chinatown is Charing Cross and the closest airport to Chinatown is London City Airport (8 miles). 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 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 13 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away.

Drivers are well served with Chinatown ideally situated with very convenient motorway access close at about 1.4 miles of the A40M.

The closest hospital to Chinatown is Hospital For Tropical Diseases London.

Q.

Although there are lots of £99 fixed quotes online, how do we find a reputable one? I am trying to find an affordable conveyancing quote.

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers and sellers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many law firms claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied buyers and sellers Applicable disbursements should also be clearly stated on your quote Any fees which are listed in terms and conditions ought to be fair and clearly defined and only apply in cases where the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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How do we work out Stamp Duty Land Tax and what should we budget for a £349000 residence?

A.

Stamp Duty will rely on the house or flat's price. Stamp duty will be £10470 on a £349000 property (correct March 2013).

Q.

What kind of environmental searches as respects the uncertain risk of floods around Westminster will my Chinatown property lawyer be able to do on an Edwardian property I am intending to buy?

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A conveyancing lawyer will carry out formal environmental searches, which include Chinatown flood risk area data. Also as an additional measure the solicitor in Chinatown may possibly suggest a more detailed in-depth local Chinatown flood risk search.

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Myself and my partner are buying in Chinatown, and would like to check that there are many areas of conservation.

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With over 9,000 such areas listed throughout England, the areas in or near Chinatown will include numerous conservation areas. Your solicitor will be able to provide more details and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works, regarding specific conservation areas in Chinatown.

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Is there some free record on the conservation areas in Chinatown?

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Conservation area concerns like building materials, rear extensions or vacant buildings are handled by Westminster.

English Heritage, a government body, have conducted a survey and created a list of the condition of conservation areas.

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Is gazumping common practice in Chinatown?

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This describes circumstances where a property seller accepts the first buyer's offer and then rejects it, opting for a greater offer. This rejection may occur weeks, or even months, into a property purchase. Though being gazumped is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a danger. Instructing your solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer should help to mitigate this risk.

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Does the HS2 route impact Hillingdon houses?

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Yes, HS2 is going to affect property in the local authority of Hillingdon. Once work on the line commences, noise, traffic and other disruptions may become a nuisance for properties along the route, as may noise pollution once HS2 is operational.

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When in the process do you need to get a solicitor to handle our sale?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Chinatown, earlier is preferable. The legal work can then begin straight away. Instructing a solicitor early can limit the risk of your purchase or sale stalling.