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Conveyancing in Downham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

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.

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

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

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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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Does my Downham lawyer order any searches on the London forties end-of-terrace building I am buying?

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When you are taking out a mortgage the lender expects a solicitor to get at least - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environmental, and perhaps less common searches e.g. a Land charge Searches.

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Which local authority is responsible for Downham?

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

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What will my searches cost?

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Searches range in cost, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. Less common searches, used in addition to a standard bundle, include a gypsum search.

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Can you advise how I get out of paying stamp duty tax?

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Stamp duty reduction scheme should be treated with extreme caution, because these schemes are costly and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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How can we verify that a building is in a conservation area?

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Conservation areas classify streets and neighbourhoods of historic or architectural significance. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and be able to offer more information.

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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