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Conveyancing in Harlesden Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Commuting to the area? ;

Harlesden's nearest airport is Northolt Jet Centre Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 10 miles, Luton Airport is 25 miles, London City Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 6 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 12 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 9 miles, White Waltham Airport is 23 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles and Booker Airport is 25 miles away. The nearest station to Harlesden is Willesden Junction.

Drivers are well served with Harlesden having excellent major road access close at within 2m of the A40M.

The closest hospital for Harlesden is Willesden.

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I need an affordable conveyancing estimate. as we are on a budget.

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Many buyers and sellers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many law firms purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the small print. Extra costs included in the small print should be reasonable. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How can I find out additional info on the conservation areas in Harlesden and Harlesden?

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Conservation area concerns, like paths or poorly maintained pavements etc. are overseen by the local authority (Brent). English Heritage maintain a detailed list of the condition of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability of the area.

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Do we need searches for chancel liability? I am buying a house near a 13th Century church in Harlesden.

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There are 15000 parishes across the country. Owners of property within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. Parochial Church Councils in Harlesden must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further. Church lands in the area which may give rise to chancel liability include All Souls.

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What should I be conscious of when buying a period house located inside a Brent local authority designated conservation area ?

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Part of the legal process involves making enquiries of Brent planning authority to confirm conservation area status and the appropriate permission for alterations. .

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How is Harlesden contaminated land investigated during the conveyancing process?

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Harlesden property will be contaminated by many naturally-occurring factors, and an environmental search should reveal whether a home is affected by local contaminants such as sand or gravel pits.

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What kind of enquiries in connection with the uncertain risk of flooding in the Brent region will my conveyancer in Harlesden report on for a Regency maisonette we are hoping to buy?

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A residential property conveyancing solicitor makes an application for property conveyancing searches, which include Harlesden historical flood risk data. A substantially more involved Brent database search, such as the Landmark search, will sometimes be advocated by your lawyer in Harlesden if the results of the environmental search suggest a potential flood risk to the Regency maisonette. The most recent (24/02/13) reports on the Environment Agency website do not list any flood warnings in the Harlesden area.

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At what point do we need to find a conveyancer to handle our sale?

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In the majority of situations, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better. Early instruction of a conveyancing solicitor to act on your Harlesden sale or purchase could mitigate the chance of your transaction falling through.

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Will the conveyancing solicitor in Harlesden apply for any property conveyancing searches on the London Edwardian semi-detached home I am purchasing

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If buying and obtaining a mortgage lender insist that at least these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental as well as any special local Harlesden searches for example Contaminated Land.