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Conveyancing in East Barnet Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Helpful local East Barnet public service details:

The nearest airport to East Barnet is Elstree, Hogg Ln Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 17 miles, Luton Airport is 20 miles, London City Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 12 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 18 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 8 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 22 miles and Stansted Airport is 25 miles away. Oakleigh Park station is around a mile from East Barnet.

The closest hospital to East Barnet is Priory Southgate.

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We are looking for low cost conveyancing, we are on a tight budget.

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This topic affects many property buyers and sellers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many law firms promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees may be added into the terms and conditions. Your East Barnet conveyancing quote should list costs to be paid to third parties, including search providers, (disbursements). Extra fees listed in terms and conditions should be fair and come into force only if the solicitor must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Will I need a chancel search? We are purchasing a East Barnet house on the same street as a parson's close.

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Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including local maps. East Barnet ecclesiastical properties where a chancel search may be necessary include Barnet Brookside Methodist Church and St Mary the Virgin.

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Could beryllium (Be) contaminate land in East Barnet?

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There are laws in place to prevent future soil contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as fertilisers, will be included in an environmental search.

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What fact finding in connection with the uncertain risk of a flood in the Barnet area will the conveyancing solicitor in East Barnet report back to us on?

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An essential part of the conveyancing process of purchasing a property involves a solicitor applying for conveyancing and environmental searches that give certain details with regard to the local East Barnet flood risk. A recent check (25-Dec-12) there were no warnings around the Pymmes Brook at East Barnet at the The Lower Lee Tributaries, including the Nazeing Brook, Ching Brook, Cobbins Brook, Pymmes Brook, Rags Brook, Salmons Brook, Turkey Brook, Trinity Marsh Ditch and the Small River Lee

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What length of time does it take my assigned conveyancing solicitor to exchange contracts the legal work on the top floor of Edwardian building in East Barnet?

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The conveyancing process can take anywhere between around a month and 3 months dependent on various factors e.g. the efficiency of the seller's property solicitor, or the number of people in the chain.

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How much is the council tax on a residential detached Band A property in East Barnet?

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You will be given detail on your houses band within the report on title. Correct rates for residents of East Barnet are published at the Barnet local authority website. At the time of writing, 29 September 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £947.00
  • Band B - £1,104.00
  • Band C - £1,262.00
  • Band D - £1,420.00
  • Band E - £1,735.00
  • Band F - £2,051.00
  • Band G - £2,367.00
  • Band H - £2,840.00

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Which of the lender panels in East Barnet are you on?

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The Homeward Legal partnership have worked in conjunction with most lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in East Barnet, like Murray & Co (Commercial Finance) Ltd, 1339 High Rd, London, N20 9HR, Aslan Financial Services, 25 Harlech Rd, London, N14 7BY, and Lyndhurst Financial Management Ltd, 57 Church Hill Rd, East Barnet, Barnet, EN4 8SY.

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Is contaminated land an issue in East Barnet?

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Land may have been contaminated by a wide range of naturally-occurring factors, like shallow mining and pollution incidents. An environmental search will give more information.