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Conveyancing in Kingston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

Local area transport information

Kingston's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 10 miles, London City Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 11 miles s, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 22 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 20 miles, White Waltham Airport is 22 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 24 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away. Kingston's closest station is Tolworth.

The neighbouring hospital for Kingston is Tolworth Surbiton.

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How do we get the best rates for conveyancing for a £444,000 property?

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Various law firms claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra charges may be added into small print. Any additional costs found in terms of engagement should be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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We are buying a church rectory in the parish of Great Bookham. Should we order a chancel search?

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Whether you are buying a home in Kingston or elsewhere in the county, the conveyancer should confirm that a chancel search is ordered. Through some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will not be so in future.

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Is a Professional Indemnity fee a disbursement or fee?

Some conveyancers frequently hide additional costs as disbursements. It may not be clear if a cost is a disbursement or not, and whether it should be included. This cost, for example, is a fee not a disbursement, and will normally be included in a conveyancing quote.

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What can we do to get out of paying stamp duty?

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Stamp duty avoidance must be treated with caution by purchasers in Kingston. These schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will be payable. There have been certain government-sponsored schemes, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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Can chromium contaminate Kingston topsoil?

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The risks posed by soil contamination to Kingston inhabitants are usually low. Also considering issues such as water contaminants such as oil and acidic compounds, contaminants affecting Kingston property will be factored into an environmental search.

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What type of analysis in respect to the potential risk of possible flooding at Surrey will my property solicitor in Kingston check?

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A vital step in the legal procedure involves a conveyancer making an application for environmental searches that offer you details in relation to Kingston flood risk area.

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What environmental concerns can contaminate land in Kingston, and are they checked for comprehensively?

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A wide range of contaminants may potentially impair land, such as civil aviation activity in the area. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.

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Does a conveyancing solicitor in Kingston carry out any conveyancing searches on the London Sixties end-of-terrace bungalow I am buying?

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If you are taking out a mortgage lender will expect the following Local Authority (council), Drainage Search and Environmental,, and possibly less common searches for instance Planning report.

 
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