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Conveyancing in Croydon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 30/04/17

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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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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What do we need to calculate stamp duty, how much should we pay on a £196000 Croydon property?

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Stamp Duty will depend on a limited set of factors, including the home's value. It will be £1960 on a £196000 residential property (source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, 01/03/2013).

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Can you advise how to avoid paying stamp duty on our purchase?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is usually due for home purchases sold for more than £125,000. Homeward Legal strongly advise against any stamp duty avoidance, as such schemes are expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed .

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The current owner has unfortunately fitted ill-suited dormer windows to the property which I think might contravene Wellesley Road North conservation area rules.

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Your property lawyer will verify if your new home is inside a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have required consents from the local authority.

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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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I really need to exchange contracts on the conveyancing on my freehold flat within 28 days, are you a fast solicitor in Croydon ?

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Our company typically take a completely efficient approach to completing the legal process.

Homeward Legal always allocate you to solicitors that will communicate throughout the home buyer and seller chain . In addition our expert panel of property lawyers are picked because they use leading edge CMS technology to complete your sale as quickly as possible.

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Which issues are key to aim for fast legal work?

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Key to buying faster is to employing a proactive and experienced conveyancer. There are, however, several tasks you can also do, including, requesting regular updates from your conveyancer and keep the pressure on, quickly completing and return any forms and clarifying your mortgage lender's requirements.

 
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