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Conveyancing in Enfield Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 28/04/17

Relevant regional transport and public service facts -

As determined by the most recent (2011) national census, Enfield has a residential population 344,434 spread over an area of 55,476 acres (22,451 hectares) which equals a population density of 6.2 people per acre (15.3 per hectare).

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Things to do in Enfield

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are easily accessible from Enfield.

Commuters are well served with Enfield being well placed with very good major road access close at about a couple of miles of the A40M.

Enfield's nearest station is Charing Cross. The closest airport to Enfield is London City Airport. 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.

The closest hospital for Enfield is Royal London Homeopathic.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a £421,000 house?

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Several solicitors offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional costs may inflate your solicitor's invoice. The conveyancing quote should state any disbursements.We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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The agent has referred the conveyancing. Is it risky to use this firm?

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It is commonplace for agents in Tower Hill to suggest a law firm, however, such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

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I am buying a £799000. What should be calculated for SDLT?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax will depend on the valuation. It will be £31960 on a £799000 Enfield home (correct March 2013).

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For a fast exchange and completion on the purchase of a £ 561,000 property, what can we do to accelerate our conveyancing process?

Contacting a communicative lawyer is the key to fast conveyancing. Consider the following when selecting:

  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

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Are there many designated conservation areas in Enfield?

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With nine thousand listed areas across the country, the streets and neighbourhoods in or near Enfield will include several conservation areas. The benefits of such restrictions will include more aesthetically pleasant surroundings, but they create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities.

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How much is the council tax on a Fifties mid-terrace Band C property in Enfield?

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Customarily the title report will cover the appropriate Enfield council tax band. The latest council tax charges for homes in Enfield are listed online at the Enfield local authority website. On 06 July 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £938.00
  • Band B - £1,094.00
  • Band C - £1,251.00
  • Band D - £1,407.00
  • Band E - £1,720.00
  • Band F - £2,032.00
  • Band G - £2,345.00
  • Band H - £2,814.00

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As a result of the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are worried that flood searches might not be detailed enough?

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Flood searches applied for by the conveyancing solicitor in Enfield should also include a far more detailed search (Landmark) if required.

If you are apprehensive you could attempt to approach a local resident or local North London flood damage builder - for example: C H Building Services, 32 Crawley Road, Enfield, EN1 2NG Tel: 020 84820314.

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The property seller has added inappropriate windows on the maisonette in Enfield which we think might possibly break conservation area guidelines

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Your solicitor will make enquiries to check whether the property is within a conservation area and whether any alterations have appropriate consent from the local planning authority.

 
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