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Conveyancing in Downham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Downham attractions

Keston London Windmill, Eltham Palace English Heritage and Blackheath Old Dover Rd Library Art Gallery are situated in Downham.

Grove Park station is about a mile from Downham. The closest airport to Downham is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 21 mile s, London Heliport Airport is 9 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 22 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 20 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 20 miles, Elstree Airport is 22 miles, Rochester Airport is 22 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 7 miles away.

The neighbouring hospital for Downham is Sloane.

Q.

I need to find a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a property. What is included?

A.

The lack of clarity surrounding this topic affects many buyers and sellers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many property lawyers purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra charges can inflate your final bill. Any additional fees should be reasonable. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

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Would you recommend that we get a chancel search? We are buying on the same road as a rectory in Downham.

A.

Some owners in Downham can be required to fund repairs to nearby church property. Some names or words such as 'priory' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Church lands in the local area include St Leonard, St Luke and St Margaret.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Downham?

A.

Downham is located in London Borough of Lewisham Council, Town Hall, Catford, London, SE6 4RU, contact:

Q.

How do I establish whether the Downham conservation area is in a poor state?

A.

English Heritage, a government body, administer records of the state of conservation areas in England.

Local conservation areas are specified by Lewisham who administer conservation area concerns from including things like excessive road signs, coloured road surfaces and trees.

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What is the council tax on a semi-detached home in Downham?

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Almost always the conveyancer's title report should contain the relevant Lewisham council tax band. Council tax rates for properties in Downham are tabled on the Lewisham local authority site. At the time of writing, 30 August 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £899.00
  • Band B - £1,049.00
  • Band C - £1,199.00
  • Band D - £1,349.00
  • Band E - £1,649.00
  • Band F - £1,948.00
  • Band G - £2,248.00
  • Band H - £2,698.00

Q.

Is a survey a good idea if we are buying property in Downham?

A.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly recommend that property purchasers order a RICS survey. A wide range of issues affect a property, including chimney defects and severe weathering, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

Q.

We plan to buy a property in Canterbury St Andrew. Will a chancel search be required?

A.

Your conveyancing solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Although some church councils have determined to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not continue to be so.

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How is Downham contaminated land identified?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by environmental factors can impair property in Downham, like military land or sand or gravel pits. An environmental search will give more information.

 
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