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Conveyancing in Croydon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Handy regional transport and public service information -

According to the UK census Croydon's residential population is 405,982 people spread over an area of 15,280 hectares (37,758 acres) which equals a density of population of 26.6 people per hectare or 10.8 per acre.

Commuters are well catered for with Croydon situated with good motorway access nearby at approximately 2 miles of the A40M.

London City Airport is 7 miles from Croydon. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 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 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away. Croydon's nearest station is Charing Cross.

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Croydon attractions

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are in the vicinity of Croydon.

The nearest hospital is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do I get a cheap solicitor quote to buy a flat?

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Many solicitors claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing, but additional costs will be included in the terms which unwary property buyers and sellers fail to check. Any disbursements to be paid ought to be defined on the quote based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

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We are buying in Croydon, and have a quote from you. Might we need to pay any extra costs?

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No. Our solicitors never charge any hidden extra costs. Be aware that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

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How long on average should it take my conveyancing solicitor to exchange the legal process for a detached home in Croydon?

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The process can take anywhere from one month to three months, which can be affected by any number of issues e.g. the speed of the vendor's property lawyer, or whether additional searches are required.

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Are some of the conservation areas in Croydon are at risk?

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The list of the state of Croydons conservation areas is documented by English Heritage - the following information is viewable at English Heritage: Wellesley Road North with Croydon is listed as very bad with high vulnerability and condition improving.

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Will my conveyancer in Croydon be commissioning official or personal searches on my property purchase?

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The conveyancer in question will inform you of which type you should opt for, depending on things like the location and value of the property.

If personal searches are used, your solicitor might perhaps look for a search agent such as Searches UK - 0800 043 1815.

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Will I get gazumped in Croydon?

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There’s no way to tell if you will get gazumped until it happens, unfortunately. If your conveyancer takes a while to finalise the transaction, there is always a chance that the seller might accept a higher offer than yours.

There are some ways to prevent gazumping, we outline them in our blog pots.

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Following recent news about the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall, I am asking whether flood searches might not be sufficient?

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Flood risk searches handled by the property solicitor in Croydon will also include a far more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are still nervous you might try to consult one of your future neighbours.

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Which factors can contaminate land in Croydon, and should they be a concern?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by environmental concerns may affect residential property in Croydon, such as infilled land. An environmental search can provide much more clarity.

 
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