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Conveyancing in Clapton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Local Clapton attractions

Sutton House National Trust and Trinity Buoy Wharf LighthouseHolborn Lincolns Inn Great Hall Historic Building are close to Clapton.

The closest station to Clapton is Clapton, approximately 1 mile away. London City Airport is 6 miles from Clapton. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 19 miles, London Heliport Airport is 9 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 19 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 15 miles, Elstree Airport is 13 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away.

The nearest hospital for Clapton is Homerton University Hackney.

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We need low cost conveyancing. What are the risks?

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Many solicitors advertise cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional charges will be included in the small print which unwary home owners fail to check. Any disbursements must also be stated on the quote Any extra costs needs to be fair and be applied only where your solicitor must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Are the any designated conservation areas in Clapton likely to affect us?

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Conservation areas protect neighbourhoods recognised as being of 'special architectural and historic interest'. You may wish to contact the local council if you have specific questions, but your lawyer will investigate this in detail during the conveyancing process.

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How much is the council tax on a Forties terraced Band E property in Clapton?

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You will be briefed about your new homes council tax band within the title report. The correct rates for properties in Clapton are set out at the Waltham Forest council site. On, 12 September 2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £973.00
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  • Band B - £1,135.00
  • Band C - £1,297.00
  • Band D - £1,459.00
  • Band E - £1,783.00
  • Band F - £2,107.00
  • Band G - £2,432.00
  • Band H - £2,918.00

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Does a Clapton property solicitor order any searches on the London period detached house I am intending to buy?

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If you are taking out a mortgage a mortgage lender expects at least the following for Clapton: Local Authority (council), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environmental as well as any less common searches, which might include Index Map Search.

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Can Clapton brownfield land soil still be contaminated?

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Clapton industry and natural causes can cause soil contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as groundwater contaminants like pesticides and organohalides, will be included in an environmental search.

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At what point should you instruct a conveyancer to handle our transaction?

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Whether buying or selling, as soon as possible. The legal work can then commence straight away. Some sources recommend postponing instruction until the offer is accepted, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.

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When we are buying a property close by a parsonage in Clapton, is it recommended that we get a search for chancel liability?

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Owners of property near to nearby church property are expected to pay for repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a Clapton property, but an indemnity policy may be available to protect the new owners. A solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Clapton ecclesiastical properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include St James and St James.

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Where can we learn more info on the conservation areas in Clapton and Clapton?

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Local Clapton conservation area issues e.g. paths, the addition of stone cladding or plastic box signs are handled by the local authority (Waltham Forest). Following a campaign, English Heritage have created records of the state of repair of conservation areas in Clapton and across England.