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Conveyancing in East London Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/04/17

Things to do in East London

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are situated in East London.

East London's nearest airport is London City Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away. Charing Cross station is almost 1 mile from East London.

Drivers are well served with East London situated with good major road access about 2 miles of the A40M.

The nearest hospital is Royal London Homeopathic.

Q.

I am trying to find a solicitors firm that offers cheap conveyancing. as we are on a budget.

A.

Lack of clarity over this matter affects many buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many firms claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. Your conveyancing quote should list the disbursements to be paid.Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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When I am purchasing in East London, is it important to get a chancel liability search?

A.

Where land in East London was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise maintenance of a medieval church. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further.

Q.

How is SDLT calculated, and what should we budget for a £479000 home?

A.

The Stamp Duty rate due will rely on the home's value. For a residential property sold for £479000, the SDLT rate is £14370 (accurate March 2013).

Q.

Does a East London property solicitor carry out any searches on the London Fifties terraced bungalow I want to buy?

A.

If getting a mortgage a mortgage lender will expect at least - Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search and occasionally unique particular e.g. a Chancel Repair Liability Search.

Q.

Is iron (Fe) top-soil contamination likely in East London?

A.

Even where some contamination has occurred in East London, risk levels are usually low. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting East London, including local authorities.

Q.

We are buying a property where the seller looks to have installed unbecoming PVC windows on the building in East London which I think might conflict with conservation area criteria

A.

A conveyancing solicitor is required to determine if your new home is within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the essential consent.

Q.

Property environmental searches may be conveyancing protocol but with recent flooding such as the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall are they sufficient to determine sufficient information about the East London risk of flooding?

A.

Environmental searches conducted by your property solicitor in East London should also include the more rigorous flood search if it is felt necessary.

If you are nervous you could attempt to contact a next door neighbour.

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Is a survey required when purchasing a property, irrespective of its condition, in East London?

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It is firmly advised that you order a survey if buying in East London. It is a fact that there are a range of concerns that can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, such as severe weathering or roof damage.

 
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