Find out more about conveyancing in East London
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in East London, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in East London, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in East London: A mover's guide
Nowhere in London has changed as radically as its two most eastern boroughs - Newham and Barking and Dagenham.
Thanks to massive regeneration projects, including the many billions spent on the London 2012 Olympics, these two most traditional of areas are now attracting increasingly young and more diverse home buyers.
Dreaming of a future full of eastern promise? Read on to find out more about conveyancing in East London.
What is involved in conveyancing in East London?
The paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property, to remortgage and to transfer equity is known as conveyancing. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in East London, they will carry out a number of activities, including instructing searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the funds on completion day. We work with experienced property law firms to provide conveyancing across East London - find out more about the conveyancing services we offer here.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in East London?
Get an instant quote for conveyancing in East London using our online quote builder. You'll be asked for some details about you and about the property involved. You can also call our team on - we're open seven days for your convenience.
Why should I choose an East London conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Our strong focus on customer service and competitive pricing makes Homeward Legal the ideal choice for conveyancing in East London. For customers, we also:
- We always keep things simple, explaining everything in plain English with no unnecessary legal jargon to complicate conveyancing.
- We protect your finances with our no-completion protection. This means you won't pay any legal fees if your transaction fails to complete for any reason.
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in East London will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- All the conveyancing solicitors on our nationwide panel are fully regulated under the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
- We put customers first every single time. And we've got hundreds of positive Trustpilot reviews from satisfied customers who appreciate our care and service.
*Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.
How much does conveyancing in East London cost?
Your final bill for conveyancing in East London will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. Expect the total cost to include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*** when buying, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer fees. Our guide to average conveyancing fees offers more information on the costs involved in East London conveyancing.
***Please Note; the government temporarily increased the amount at which stamp duty is paid to £500,000, for property sales in England and Northern Ireland. This was due to end on 31 March, but it was announced in the 2021 Budget that it will now end on 30 June. After this date, the starting rate of stamp duty will be £250,000 until the end of September. Stamp duty will then return to the level of £125,000.
The conveyancing process explained
Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.
What types of property are available in East London?
Huge investment has been made in newbuild properties including apartments and family homes in the boroughs of Newham and Barking and Dagenham. Existing terraced properties are being upgraded while a focus on shared ownership means home ownership is within reach for many first-time buyers. Houseboats are also a popular choice for those who fancy something a little out of the ordinary for a roof over their head.
Barking Riverside is the biggest development underway in East London on the site of a former power station. By the time the project ends in 2025, it will have a population of up to 30,000 in more than 10,000 new homes along with shops, restaurants, schools and leisure facilities.
How much does the average property cost in East London?
Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our north London boroughs:
Newham: £373,415 (detached £653,714; semi £525,416; terraced £399,415; flats/maisonettes £352,487)
Barking and Dagenham: £301,478 (detached £546,740; semi £387,970; terraced £327,246; flats/maisonettes £229,284)
How much will I pay in council tax in East London?
Each local authority sets council tax rates for its borough. All residential property is in one of eight bands depending on its valuation. Check which band your chosen property is in on the government's valuation website.
To give some idea of what you might pay, we've provided the most popular Band D council tax rate and a link to the borough website where all ratings and costs are listed.
Barking and Dagenham: £1,616.87
How good are broadband speeds in East London?
Full-fibre broadband can be accessed in all areas of London, but speeds vary across all the capital's boroughs. The best way to find out what kind of speeds you can expect is to use your postcode in a broadband comparison site.
Should we ask for a flood-risk search when buying in East London?
The Thames Barrier at Woolwich is London's main defence against flooding. However, the proximity of both boroughs to the River Thames and the River Roding in Barking means savvy home buyers should always consider potential flood risk to their new home. The Environment Agency's flood-risk website will show if your proposed property purchase is in a flood-risk area. And your conveyancing solicitor in East London can commission a flood-risk search, which will reveal any flooding threat.
Should we ask about chancel repair liability when buying property in East London?
Chancel repair liability is a rare charge that dates back to the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII. However, knowing if your property could be affected by is crucial because a homeowner could potentially be hit with a bill for thousands for repair to their local church. We've compiled a comprehensive guide on chancel repair liability. Your East London conveyancing solicitor will commission a chancel repair liability search where necessary for a property purchase.
What conservation areas in East London property should buyers know of?
Despite massive regeneration and development across both East London boroughs, each has areas of historical or architectural significance that are protected. These are conservation areas where strict planning rules apply. In Newham, there are currently nine conservation areas, including Stratford St John's and Sugar House Lane. In Barking and Dagenham, there are four conservation areas, including Dagenham Village and Abbey and Barking town centre. When buying a home in these boroughs, your East London conveyancing solicitor will ask for a local authority search to identify any planning consent issues.
Is contaminated land an issue in East London?
The boroughs of Newham and Barking and Dagenham have been at the heart of much of London's heavy industry. Many new property developments in both areas have been built on brownfield land, which has formerly been used for industry. However, this land must be remediated, or cleaned up, before reuse to ensure there's no risk to health or the environment. Each borough must by law keep a register of all identified contaminated land. You can ensure your property purchase is not affected by this issue by asking your conveyancing solicitor in East London to instruct an environmental search.
We're buying a property at auction in East London - can you help?
Yes, we can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in East London. Read our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property to find out more. We work with a panel of property law firms who have completed many auction conveyancing transactions, including from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.
Did you know?
The Olympic Park at Stratford is mostly located within Newham but also stretches into part of neighbouring boroughs Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. It has the postcode E20, which previously only existed for the fictional Walford in BBC soap EastEnders.
At its peak, the Ford Motor Company plant in Dagenham was Europe's biggest car plant, employing 40,000 people. The movie Made In Dagenham (2010) tells the story of the 1968 strike for equal pay by female machinists at the plant.
Making conveyancing in East London easy
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