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Updated: 18/01/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Dagenham -

By road: Dagenham is served by the A12, A13 and A1112. By rail: The nearest train station is Dagenham Dock. By air: Dagenham is closest to London City Airport (7 miles), London Heliport (17), London Biggin Hill Airport (27), Rochester Airport (29), London Southend Airport (30), London Stansted Airport (35), London Heathrow Airport (38), and London Gatwick Airport (45).

Hospital: Grays Court Community, John Parker Close, Dagenham, RM10 9SR. Council: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (www.lbbd.gov.uk).

Attractions: Chase Nature Reserve, Parsloes Park, Eastbrookend Country Park, Mayesbrook Park, Valence House Museum.


When in the process is it wise to instruct a conveyancer to handle our sale in Dagenham?

If you use a conveyancing solicitor offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, like one of ours at Homeward Legal, the sooner you instruct a lawyer, the better. The legal work can then commence very early in the process without costing you any more than if you were to instruct one of our lawyers later. Appointing your solicitor sooner can reduce the likelihood of your transaction stalling. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.


Should the ‘fixtures and fittings’ form include things like free-standing kitchen appliances?

In the main, fixtures are objects fixed to walls, floors or ceilings (e.g. kitchen cupboards, taps, etc.), while fittings are easier to detach or remove from their position (e.g. carpets, curtains, and free-standing wardrobes and cupboards). In order to avoid later issues, a ‘fixtures and fittings’ form should be completed, stating what is included with the sale.


Our local agent in Dagenham has named a property lawyer that he wants us to appoint, but should we go ahead with them?

Estate agent recommendations are a common way for home-buyers to find a solicitor, particularly if they are unfamiliar with the area. These referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online such as Homeward Legal, because the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, and not the best solicitor for your needs. Our expert team are waiting for your call on 0800 038 6699 to give you your free, fixed-fee quote.


We are using a local lender in East London, and need to know which Dagenham lenders your solicitors work with. Whose panels are you on?

Most lenders in Dagenham are on our solicitors' panels. This means that the lawyer whom you have instructed will be able to address any specific requests that your lender may have, without you having to pick up their legal costs. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Edward Charles James Financial Consultants, 2 Shaw Close, Hornchurch, RM11 1FB
  • Mortgage Hunter 2000, 57 Fairholme Avenue, Romford, RM2 5UR
  • Matador Financial, 87 Parsonage Road, Rainham, RM13 9LE

How much will our searches be?

With a Homeward Legal solicitor, clients are charged at most £249 for the standard set of conveyancing searches. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party.


Will acquiring a Homebuyer Report be necessary when we buy any property?

Homeward Legal advises that you book a survey when purchasing in Dagenham or anywhere else in England and Wales. There is a wide range of defects that will impact a property, such as blocked drains, or rotten roof timbers. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself. For peace of mind, it makes sense to get a survey so that you know what you are buying.


Will the solicitor’s title report include details of the relevant rates of the council tax on a house in Dagenham prior to contracts being exchanged?

Your conveyancer will liaise with the governing local council (here the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) to ascertain the up-to-date council tax band and rates for the property you are buying, which will then be included in the report on title. Council tax rates for homes in Dagenham are detailed online at the local authority site (a link to the homepage can be found in the public service information section at the head of these FAQs). For the 2017/2018 tax year, the rates for Dagenham were:

  • Band A - £941.23
  • Band B - £1,098.10
  • Band C - £1,254.98
  • Band D - £1,411.85
  • Band E - £1,725.59
  • Band F - £2,039.33
  • Band G - £2,353.08
  • Band H - £2,823.09

Retrieved on 5 April 2017


How long should I expect it to take my assigned solicitor to conclude the conveyancing work on a detached, new-build home in Dagenham?

The conveyancing can take anywhere from around a month and twelve weeks, because the complexity of the process is largely unpredictable. The duration can be affected by various factors, such as the efficiency of the vendor's solicitor, the speed of managing agents, or waiting for someone in the chain to sort out a mortgage. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are incentivised to manage the entire property chain, regularly communicating to remove obstacles and hurdles, and to mitigate the effects of any issues arising. Along with the cutting-edge case-managements systems and tools we use, Homeward Legal endeavours to complete the conveyancing in under six weeks. Try our online quote calculator. Or you could call our waiting team on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote, backed up with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.


Cheshire Building Society will be our mortgage lender, is there anything we need to check?


Over the last two years, some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. Homeward Legal will act on behalf of many lenders in the UK to ensure that you will not need to pay your lender's legal costs.


How much would our searches be?


Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party.


Might our conveyancing costs hide any hidden charges?


We do not charge any extra, hidden fees.


We have found an abundance of on and offline publications about how to do DIY conveyancing. Do I want to use a Dagenham lawyer for my move?


Hypothetically speaking there is no reason why a buyer cant apply this approach and complete the bulk of the legal work yourself.

The truth is however that a Dagenham property solicitor takes care of a long list of actions ranging from interpreting replies to enquiries or ensuring warranties are transferable many of which are better done by someone with a qualified professional.


Is gazumping frequent in Dagenham?


Unfortunately, gazumping is widespread both in Dagenham, and across Barking And Dagenham and occurs when a owner accepts the 1st purchaser's offer, only to reject it in favour of a second buyer's offer. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a danger of gazumping. Instructing a proactive solicitor early to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.


What enquiries regarding the risk of possible flooding in Barking And Dagenham will the Dagenham conveyancing solicitor include in the report on title on a seventies property we are buying?


The residential property conveyancing lawyer will carry out formal environmental searches that incorporate Dagenham flood risk information. Furthermore, your lawyer in Dagenham could suggest a substantially more specialist flood search. At the time of writing (09-Mar-10) there were no warnings around the River Beam at Dagenham at the The Rivers Beam and Rom at Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham and Rainham


Will the title report compiled by the Dagenham property solicitor include details of the relevant rates of the council tax on a Band C house prior to contracts are exchanged?


Your conveyancer will liaise with the governing local council to ascertain the up to date council tax band and rates, which will then be included in the report on title. Council tax rates for homes in Dagenham are detailed online at the local authority site.