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Conveyancing in Forest Hill Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Read about the area ;

London City Airport is 6 miles from Forest Hill. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 7 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 18 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 18 miles, Elstree Airport is 19 miles, Rochester Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 9 miles away. Forest Hill's closest station is Honor Oak Park at 1 mile s.

The closest hospital is University Lewisham.

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How do I get a discount conveyancing estimate?

A.

The confusion over this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many law firms offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional costs can increase your final bill. Any extra costs listed in the terms needs to be reasonable and be applicable solely where your conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

I have got a quote from you. Will I have to pay any additional charges?

A.

No. Our solicitors do not charge any extra, hidden fees. Your quote for conveyancing in Forest Hill is an honest and accurate fee.

Q.

Will a Forest Hill solicitor order any property conveyancing searches on the London Fifties detached house I am intending to purchase?

A.

When you are getting a mortgage the lender mandates a solicitor to get at least the following for Forest Hill:

Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and perhaps less common searches for example Subsidence.

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How do we determine stamp duty in Forest Hill, and what amount should we budget for a £354000 residential property?

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The Stamp Duty payable is dependent on a limited set of factors, including the value of the house, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. It is £10620 on a £354000 house or flat.*

*(Source - www.gov.uk, February 2013)

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We are buying on a new development ex-industrial site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like caesium (Cs)?

A.

Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have occurred in parts of Forest Hill. Other sources of contaminated land include insecticides.

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Is tenancy agreement vetting a fee or disbursement?

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Fees and disbursements should be identified on your quote. This charge is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your conveyancing quote.

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How much is the council tax on a Forties converted house in Forest Hill?

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Commonly, a conveyancing report on title will provide the appropriate Lewisham council tax band.

The latest council tax rates for homes in Forest Hill are set out in detail on the Lewisham council site. As at, 28 July 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £899.00
  • Band B - £1,049.00
  • Band C - £1,199.00
  • Band D - £1,349.00
  • Band E - £1,649.00
  • Band F - £1,948.00
  • Band G - £2,248.00
  • Band H - £2,698.00

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Is a Homebuyer Report required when we are buying a property?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly recommend that buyers book a survey. There are many defects that can affect a property. These include cracks in walls or roof damage. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

 
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