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Conveyancing in Downham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/01/18

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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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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What analysis in connection with the uncertain risk of flooding to properties in Kent will the Downham property lawyer report back on?

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A vital component in the conveyancing procedure involves the conveyancing lawyer making an application for property environmental searches that set out certain details on the subject of Downham flooding.

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We are buying on a Downham brownfield land. What should we do regarding cobalt (Co) top-soil contamination?

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The risks posed by top-soil contamination to Downham inhabitants are usually low. Data on many contaminants, such as chlorine, will be included in an environmental search.

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Environmental searches are calculated from archived records but when one considers climate change for example the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, are they the ideal way to confirm enough about the local Downham flood risk?

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An experienced property solicitor in Downham will suggest that you get additional property conveyancing searches if the initial search identifies a significant risk of flooding in Downham.

You can also speak to a neighbour to get further peace of mind.

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Are you set up to 28 day completions on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Downham?

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We are auction specialists and often get instructed by buyers and sellers at auction. It is a shrewd move bidders to appoint a CQS lawyer as ahead of time as possible to give enough time for a detailed investigation of the property's legal title before the date of the auction. Immediately following the auction day arrives your dedicated conveyancing lawyer will be prepared for finishing the transaction within the reduced time frame as typically required .

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What can a Downham property solicitor advise if the home I am intending to buy is in a conservation area in Lewisham local authority which has unsympathetic dormer windows installed?

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Lewisham planning authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by the solicitor should confirm if the property is inside a designated conservation area and any evidence of the appropriate permissions for additions to the property will be asked for. If no appropriate permissions be available, your solicitor will give you professional advice on all options such as buying an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective approval from Lewisham planning authority.

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Should I opt for the property solicitor referred by our estate agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will often refer a solicitor. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.