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Conveyancing in Downham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/04/17

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?

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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 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.

Q.

I am selling in Downham, and have had a quote from you. Are there any additional charges?

A.

No. Homeward Legal never hide any additional fees. Know that some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete.

 
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