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Conveyancing in Hillingdon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Local points of interest in Hillingdon

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are around Hillingdon.

Hillingdon's nearest train station is Charing Cross at 1 mile s. The closest airport to Hillingdon 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.

Commuters are well served with Hillingdon having excellent road access about a couple of miles of the A40M.

The nearest hospital is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do I find fixed rate conveyancing in Hillingdon?

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Confusion over this matter affects many buyers and sellers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many law firms purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees may be added into the terms and conditions which unwary buyers and sellers fail to check. Chargeswhich are listed in the terms should be reasonable and clear. Your Hillingdon conveyancing quote should state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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We are using a lender in West London, and need to know which Hillingdon lenders you work with. Which panels are your solicitors on?

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Most lenders in Hillingdon are on our Hillingdon solicitors' panel. Hillingdon lenders and mortgage specialists include Russell & Co, 15a Leacroft Rd, Iver, SL0 9QP, Middlesex Financial Services (2004) Ltd, 47 King St, Southall, UB2 4DQ, and Sarb Finance Ltd, 88 Norwood Rd, Southall, UB2 4DS.

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What type of due diligence in respect to the risk of a flood at West London will a conveyancer in Hillingdon advise us on?

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An essential step in the legal due diligence process of buying a property involves the conveyancing solicitor conducting environmental searches that set out details about the Hillingdon flood risk.

Q.

Will the fixtures and fittings form list radiators?

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Commonly, fixtures are fixed to floors, walls and ceilings and fixtures are free-standing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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Which local authority is responsible for Hillingdon?

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Hillingdon is located in London Borough of Hillingdon Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1UW Tel: 01895 250111

Q.

What is the council tax on a detached Band D home in Hillingdon?

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You should be briefed about the homes band with the report on title. The correct rates for properties in Hillingdon are set out at the Hillingdon local authority site. At the time of writing on 11 December 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £946.00
  • Band B - £1,104.00
  • Band C - £1,262.00
  • Band D - £1,420.00
  • Band E - £1,735.00
  • Band F - £2,051.00
  • Band G - £2,366.00
  • Band H - £2,839.00

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My husband and I are buying in Hillingdon. Are there many areas of conservation?

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These areas delineate streets and neighbourhoods of special architectural or historic interest. Hayes Village, Harmondsworth Village Heathrow Villages and Longford Village Heathrow Villages are among the conservation areas in Hillingdon. The local council will advise further about local areas of conservation, and the property solicitor handling your purchase will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.

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Do I need a property survey for this Hillingdon property purchase?

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We strongly recommend that all purchasers arrange a house surveyor when you intend to buy in Hillingdon. There are many concerns that can affect a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, such as cavity wall tie failure or ground movement.

 
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