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Conveyancing in Ham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Ham points of interest

Ham House National Trust , Wimbledon London Windmill, Marble Hill House English Heritage and Chiswick House English Heritage are easily accessible from Ham.

The closest train station to Ham is Teddington and Ham's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 7 miles, London City Airport is 17 miles, London Heliport Airport is 7 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 8 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 9 miles, Elstree Airport is 16 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 24 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles and Booker Airport is 24 miles away.

The closest hospital for Ham is Cassel Richmond.


How do I get a cheap solicitor quote for buying a flat?


Many solicitors advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing. However additional charges will be included in the terms and conditions, left unread by preoccupied home owners Additional charges should be fair and clearly defined and be applied only where your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


I am interested in purchasing in Ham. How can we find out if the house is in a conservation area?


Parts of Ham considered be of special architectural or historic interest, like stretches of canals, may be recorded as conservation areas. The council will provide more details about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.


What can a Ham conveyancing lawyer advise if the house is located in a Kingston upon Thames conservation area which seems to have an un-consented stone cladding fitted to it?

Kingston upon Thames planning authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) carried out by your Ham conveyancing solicitor during the conveyancing process will verify if the Ham property a conservation area and any evidence of consent for additions to the property will be supplied.


When we are buying close to a 17th Century 'parson's close' in Ham, is it advisable that we get a chancel search?


In Ham, some owners can be required to fund upkeep of a local church. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including county histories. Ham church properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include All Saints, St Andrew's, St Barnabas Mission Church and St Richard.


Do fixtures and fittings include things like kitchen units?


There is not a legal definition of fixtures and fittings, which can result in conflict once the new owner takes possession. This is frequently disregarded, making the completion and approval of a comprehensive fixtures and fittings form so important.


Will the report on the property's title compiled by the conveyancer in Ham detail the rates of the council tax for a Band F apartment prior to completing on the purchase?


A property solicitor will contact the local authority to ascertain the correct council tax charges which will then be added to the report on title. Up-to-date rates for Ham are listed at the local authority site.


My local agent has put forward a law firm whom they usually use. Is it advisable to use them?


An agent may endorse one or more conveyancing firms. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may select the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.


To complete on our property purchase ASAP, how do we get a fast conveyancing process?


Key to fast Ham conveyancing is to use a experienced property lawyer. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
  • Do they use email?
  • Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?