By Frances Traynor
17th January 2018
"Working together is essential for a smoother property transaction."
Are you selling a flat? Or are you buying a maisonette? Or maybe you want to remortgage your house? Then you should instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal work. The property lawyers on Homeward Legal's panel have years of conveyancing experience in Ilford and across Essex and Greater London. Our proactive, speed-driven approach means we often complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Our property lawyers undertake all the conveyancing work for your home move for a fixed cost of conveyancing in Ilford.
You will not be charged any solicitors fees for buying and selling a property, if for any reason your London house move does not complete.
Using area conveyancing experience, our CQS solicitors will guide you through the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: Ilford is served by the A118, A123 and A406. By rail: The nearest train station is Ilford. By air: Ilford is closest to these eight airports: London City Airport (7 miles), London Heliport (17), London Biggin Hill Airport ( 22), London Stansted Airport (28), Southend Airport (31), Rochester Airport (34), London Luton Airport (46), and London Gatwick Airport (50).
Hospital: King George, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Ilford, IG3 8YB. Council: Redbridge (www.redbridge.gov.uk).
Attractions: Valentine’s Park, Holocaust Memorial Gardens, Seven Kings Park, Goodmayes Park, and Redbridge Museum.Q.
All of our property conveyancers frequently handle the legal work for both buyers and sellers at auction. We always recommend that auction-buyers instruct their chosen lawyer as far in advance of the day of the auction as possible, so that they can carry out a detailed review of the auction pack. Following the day of your successful bid, your solicitor is then completely geared up to finish all the legal work inside the conventionally-required 28 days.
Try our quote calculator, or call our team of auction conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote.Q.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is usually due for home purchases over £125,000. Stamp duty avoidance schemes must be treated with caution, because they are costly and, if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.
The government occasionally runs legitimate stamp duty schemes to assist purchasers (e.g. a reduction in the tax for first-time buyers). Your solicitor will be able to confirm whether any such schemes are in current operation, and if you are eligible to take part.Q.
Local authority enquiries will be conducted by your property lawyer in Ilford as part of the conveyancing process. The results of the searches will confirm whether the Ilford property is in a designated conservation area, and if there exists any evidence of planning authority consent for the additions to the property. Should no appropriate permissions be present, the solicitor will give you professional advice on the best alternatives, which include seeking cover from an indemnity insurance or obtaining retrospective consent from the Redbridge local authority.Q.
Property can be contaminated by many natural causes, as well as historical agricultural and industrial use. Contaminants like chemicals or products of mining, and proximity to waste sites should be found during the environmental conveyancing searches, and detailed in the report on title prepared by your solicitor.Q.
The solicitor will consult with Redbridge council to ascertain the most up-to-date council tax rates and to confirm your property’s tax band, which will be detailed in the conveyancing report on title. Council tax rates for properties in Ilford are tabled online at the council site. The 2016/2017 council tax rates were:
Retrieved on 15 March 2017Q.
Hypothetically, there are no reasons why you can’t undertake the legal work unaided. In reality, however, a solicitor handles a long list of tasks, ranging from chasing lenders for comments on issues raised to communicating with all the buyers and sellers in the chain, which need a skilled professional. The problem will come when your inexperience in conveyancing introduces delays and potentially jeopardises the transaction. More important, though, is that you will not have the personal indemnity insurance that all legal firms are legally obliged to hold.
Give Homeward Legal’s team a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing requirements and to obtain a free, fixed-fee quote.Q.
We strongly recommend that buyers arrange a house survey, regardless of the age of the building you are buying. It is a fact that there are many issues that have a negative impact on a property. These can include roof spread or chimney flue damage, and issues such as these are not investigated as part of the conveyancing itself. It therefore makes sense to organise an independent survey.Q.
Key to increasing the pace of the conveyancing transaction is to instruct a diligent and proactive property lawyer as early as possible. When choosing a property lawyer, you should consider these questions:
Homeward Legal offers this and more. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699. You can also do your part as the buyer by ensuring you chase your solicitor, if you think they have incurred an avoidable delay, responding to your lawyer’s questions (preferably by email or phone, rather than letter), filling in and returning any forms quickly, and arranging any finance you need to assist with your purchase as early as possible.Q.
An experienced conveyancing lawyer makes an application for official conveyancing and environmental searches that should include Ilford historical flood risk data. An inexpensive Essex database search (most likely a Landmark Database search) could possibly be suggested by the property solicitor in Ilford if the results of the environmental search show that there is a flood risk.Q.
Conveyancing searches are a typical collection of queries carried out on your behalf. Conveyancing searches are very informative, but only relate to legal-related matters.Q.
Fees and disbursements should be identified on a quote for your conveyancing, with all potential additional costs clearly stated. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your quote.Q.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is usually due for home purchases over 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty avoidance must be treated with caution. These schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.Q.
The ideal way is for home movers to hold off instructing a removal firm until after everyone has set a formal move date that occurs after signing of contracts. Get more information from South Park Removal Service Ltd, 284 Green Lane, Ilford, IG1 1YD Telephone: 020 84781258 or A A Removals, 96a Green La, Ilford, IG1 1YQ on 07960 674002.Q.
Conveyancing may be held up, Homeward Legal, however, strive to diminish their cost wherever reasonable.Q.
An experienced Ilford property lawyer will recommend that you include flood searches (Landmark search) if the standard searches flag up a Ilford flood risk area data
You could always speak to a local resident for some added confidence or local Essex flood damage expert - try: A & N Contracts, 54 Blythswood Rd, Ilford, IG3 8SH Tel: 0800-135 7815.