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Conveyancing in Kensington Q & A's

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Updated: 22/04/17

Kensington attractions

Carlyle's House National Trust , Wandsworth London Windmill, Science Museum Kensington Aviation Museum and Apsley House English Heritage are situated in Kensington.

Commuters are well served with Kensington being well placed with very convenient major road access of the A40M.

The closest train station to Kensington is Kensington Olympia. Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 10 miles from Kensington. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 12 miles, London City Airport is 11 miles s, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 13 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 12 miles, Elstree Airport is 12 miles, White Waltham Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 16 miles away.

The nearest hospital to Kensington is Cromwell London.


How do I find affordable conveyancing?


Many firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement that unknowing buyers have not reviewed Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


We have an urgent need for fast Kensington solicitors, is that you guys?


Our firm adopt a very speed focused style to concluding the transfer of title to meet the home sellers needs.

We have implemented the latest legal software . We always allocate home movers a SRA solicitor qualified to communicate with the complete property chain such as other sellers agents, for a fast exchange.


Would you advise that I get a chancel search? We are buying a Kensington apartment close by rectory grounds.

Owners of property in Kensington may be subject to chancel repair liability. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. A solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Church of England properties in this area which may give rise to chancel liability include St Augustine Queens Gate, St Francis Community Church, St George The Martyr, Campden Hill and St John the Baptist, Holland Road.


What is gazumping?


Gazumping arises when an offer is accepted but then rejected by the home owner, choosing instead a higher offer. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a law firm early.


How do I discover more information on the upkeep of the conservation areas in Kensington?


Local conservation areas e.g. public spaces or poorly maintained public spaces are governed by the local Kensington and Chelsea planning authority. English Heritage, a government body, have produced information on the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the trend.


Will the property report prepared by the Kensington conveyancing solicitor report back on the rates of the council tax for a flat before exchange?


A property solicitor will write to the council to enquire about the appropriate council tax rates, which will then be set out in the conveyancing report on title. Council tax rates for Kensington are published on the local authority website.


Is an administration fee a disbursement or fee?


All fees and disbursements should be identified on your quote. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in a conveyancing quote.


Which local authority is responsible for Kensington?


Kensington is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX, contact: 020 7361 3000