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Conveyancing in Kew Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/10/17

Kew area information

Wimbledon London Windmill, Chiswick House English Heritage and 7 Hammersmith Terrace Historic Houses Association are close at hand to Kew.

Kew is within a miles off the M4 junction entry 1 Westbound.

Kew's nearest airport is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 8 miles, London City Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 9 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 8 miles, Elstree Airport is 12 miles, White Waltham Airport is 21 mile s, London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles and Booker Airport is 24 miles away. Kew's closest station is Kew Gardens.

The nearest hospital to Kew is West London Brentford.

Q.

What are the best conveyancing rates for a 718,000 property?

A.

Many solicitors promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra costs may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. Your conveyancing quote ought to list costs to be paid to third parties, including search providers, (disbursments).The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

Q.

Do fixtures and fittings include things like shelving?

A.

Purchasers in Kew will often be frustrated with the lack of formality around fixtures and fittings. This is an issue which is frequently overlooked, making the completion and approval of a comprehensive fixtures and fittings form so important.

Q.

Bookshops now have plenty of publications giving details on doing the legal work yourself e.g. House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property .

Do we have to use conveyancing solicitor in Kew ?A.

Technically, there is no argument at all why a home seller should not conduct the legal work yourself. However, a lawyer is familiar with a huge array of roles from ranging from interpreting replies to enquiries and communicating with managing agents some of which require a qualified solicitor. Despite that firms and their solicitors are required by their regulator to obtain indemnity cover that protects you from any professional omissions on the part of the solicitor.

Q.

The estate agent we are using in Frampton Cotterell has named the law firm. Must we instruct them?

A.

An agent will usually recommend a conveyancing firm. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, the agent may recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

Q.

How do we stop gazumping?

A.

Gazumping occurs when an offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the property owner, choosing instead a higher offer. Although gazumping is less common in a declining market, there will always be a danger. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

Q.

I am buying in Kew. How can we check if the house is in a conservation area?

A.

These areas distinguish neighbourhoods of architectural or historic interest. Your property solicitor will provide more details and discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Sixties converted dwelling in Kew?

A.

In most cases the conveyancing report on title will contain the Hounslow council tax band. The correct charges for properties in Kew are tabled online at the Hounslow local authority site. Currently (28 September 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £932.00
  • Band B - £1,087.00
  • Band C - £1,242.00
  • Band D - £1,397.00
  • Band E - £1,708.00
  • Band F - £2,018.00
  • Band G - £2,329.00
  • Band H - £2,795.00

Q.

For a house valued at £453k, how is SDLT calculated?

A.

The Stamp Duty you must pay is based on a limited set of factors, including the house's value. On a £453k house or flat, stamp duty will be £13590.*

*Correct March 2013