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Conveyancing in Highgate Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Highgate area info

Kenwood House English Heritage and Kentish Town St Luke Churches Conservation Trust are easily accessible from Highgate.

The closest airport to Highgate is Elstree, Hogg Ln Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, Luton Airport is 24 miles, London City Airport is 10 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 12 miles, Elstree Airport is 10 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles away and the closest station to Highgate is Gospel Oak.

The most convenient hospital is Whittington Highgate.

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What do you charge for the legal fees on a £245,000 house? We are trying to find an affordable conveyancing quote.

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Various solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement which unwary sellers and buyers fail to check. A quote for conveyancing in Highgate ought to define any disbursements. Any additional costs listed in terms and conditions needs to be reasonable. They come into force only if your lawyer must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Do I need to opt for the lawyer named by the estate agent?

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Your Abbeymeads agent will have influence over a law firm they refer a lot of work to, and can therefore to reduce delays in the conveyancing process. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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Lloyds TSB is our lender - what do I need to be aware of?

Some lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal can act for all major mortgage lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

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Do you work with mortgage lenders with Highgate offices?

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Our solicitors have experience working closely with many lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Highgate, including Mandl, Flat 1 Dowding House/Hillcrest, London, N6 4HD. Your solicitor can deal with the particular enquiries and searches your lender requires.

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Which local authority looks after Highgate?

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Highgate is located in London Borough of Haringey Council, Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 8LE, phone: 020 8489 0006

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Is homewardlegal.co.uk able to act quickly on the conveyancing for residential property auction properties in Highgate?

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Our residential property lawyers often do the legal conveyancing buyers at auction. Solicitors always advocate buyers to choose a local conveyancing lawyer prior to the property auction date for an investigation of the property's legal title.

Post date of the auction your conveyancing lawyer is totally geared up to finishing the legal side of things inside the reduced time frame as typically required by the auction conditions.

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What will the council tax cost for a Victorian Band an apartment in Highgate?

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The band should conventionally be identified as part of the title report along with the governing local authority. The latest council tax charges for Highgate are published online at the Haringey council site. At the time of writing, 03 March 2013, band rates are:

  • Band A - £994.00
  • Band B - £1,160.00
  • Band C - £1,325.00
  • Band D - £1,491.00
  • Band E - £1,822.00
  • Band F - £2,154.00
  • Band G - £2,485.00
  • Band H - £2,982.00

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If my family are buying in Highgate by a 12th Century rectory manor, will you need a search for chancel liability?

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In Highgate, where land was once owned by a lay impropriators, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise repairs to churches. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Highgate Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church lands in Highgate include All Saints, St Anne, St Augustine and St Michael's.

 
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