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Conveyancing in Kensington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

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.

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How do I find affordable conveyancing?

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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.

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What sort of local conveyancing searches into the risk and history of flooding at Kensington And Chelsea will the property solicitor in Kensington actually apply for?

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An essential step in the conveyancing procedure of purchasing a property involves your conveyancing lawyer conducting property environmental searches that provide details about the Kensington area flood risk. In certain cases your Kensington solicitor will sometimes advise a significantly more detailed local Kensington area flood search. At the time of writing (04/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency flood reports website do not reveal any flood warnings in the Kensington area.

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Should I get a Homebuyer Report for our house purchase?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors heavily advise that Kensington buyers book a surveyor to perform a survey if you are intending to buy in Kensington. There can be a wide range of issues which will impact a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, which include subsidence.

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How much can searches be?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, depending on the searches required. Less common searches, used in addition to a standard bundle, include a limestone search.

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

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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.

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Do I need to instruct a property lawyer used by the estate agent?

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Agent referrals are a not uncommon path for purchasers to get a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, there is a risk that an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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What environmental concerns can contaminate land in Kensington. Are they an issue?

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Residential property would be contaminated by many naturally-occurring factors. Issues including shallow mining or shallow mining will be detailed in an appropriate search.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we get a fast exchange and completion in Kensington?

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Instructing a proactive and experienced lawyer is essential to a faster move. Furthermore, there are numerous tasks you as the purchaser could do to accelerate the process. These include:

  • asking for property searches to be ordered immediately
  • answering any queries raised by your lawyer as soon as possible
  • if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can