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Conveyancing in Kingston upon Thames Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Kingston-upon-Thames -

By road: Kingston-upon-Thames is served by the A3, A307, A308 and A310. By rail: The nearest train station is Kingston-upon-Thames. By air: The proximity of Kingston-upon-Thames to London means that there are several accessible airports from the town: London Heliport (7 miles), London Heathrow Airport (9), Northolt Jet Centre (14), London City and London Biggin Hill Airports (both 19 miles), London Gatwick Airport (27), TAG London Farnborough Airport (28), and Wycombe Air Park and Elstree Aerodrome (both 36 miles).

Hospital: Kingston-upon-Thames, Galsworthy Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7QB. Council: Kingston-upon-Thames London Borough Council (www.kingston.gov.uk).

Attractions: Chessington World of Adventures, Kingston-upon-Thames Museum, Hampton Court Palace, London Museum of Water and Steam, Marden Hall Park, and Richmond Park.

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What causes conveyancing legal work for a house I’m buying in Kingston-upon-Thames to take months to complete?

The conveyancing process in Kingston-upon-Thames will sometimes be subject to numerous interruptions or delays, some of which cannot be predicted at the outset. Homeward Legal, however, does the best to minimise the impact of these delays by driving the transaction forward with proactive communication along the entire chain. Delays may include the time taken to return management information or someone in the chain awaiting a mortgage offer. Try our online quote calculator, or call our experts on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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When in the moving process do we need to instruct a solicitor in Kingston-upon-Thames?

The short answer is simply that you should appoint a lawyer as soon as possible. This allows the legal work to begin very early in the process. Promptly instructing a solicitor for a sale means that, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.

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I am purchasing a flat in Kingston-upon-Thames. Should we have searches performed?

Conveyancing searches are enquiries carried out on your behalf by your solicitor (e.g. a limestone search). Buyers should be aware that conveyancing searches will only cover facets affecting the legal title, and will not incorporate issues that may exist with the structural integrity of the building.

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Which Kingston-upon-Thames lenders does Homeward Legal work with?

Of the lenders with local branches in Kingston-upon-Thames, Homeward Legal regularly work with the majority of them. Lenders and mortgage specialists, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, in Kingston-upon-Thames include:

  • Halifax Building Society, 86-88 Eden Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1ED
  • Chameleon Independent Mortgages Ltd., 2-4 High Street, Hampton Wick, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1UW
  • Jones & Jones, Wickham House, 2 Upper Teddington Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 4DY
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How much does the cost of our searches come to for a bungalow in Kingston-upon-Thames?

With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, clients are charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle.

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For our Kingston-upon-Thames purchase, completing in the next few weeks, how will the stamp duty be calculated?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate depends on a number of factors but principally on the price you bought your property for. If your building

was purchased for under £125,000, you will not have to pay any stamp duty. For example, the duty owed would be £6,000 on a property bought for £320,000. Note that the government’s budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.

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I have to complete on the legal process for my Kingston-upon-Thames apartment within 5 weeks, so are you fast property lawyers?

Our property lawyers at Homeward Legal take a completely speed-focused style to completing the transfer of title for movers. Homeward Legal always work with conveyancing property lawyers who will communicate by phone and email from the beginning to the end of the property chain. Additionally, our conveyancing lawyers are chosen because they use new practice-management and information technology systems leading to a completion on the sale with minimal stress. Give our team of experts a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs further and to obtain a fixed-fee conveyancing quote.

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Does Kingston-upon-Thames include many conservation areas?

Conservation areas safeguard districts that are defined as being of architectural or historical merit. A conveyancing solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works and provide more details in the report on title.

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I am planning on buying a sixties maisonette in the boundary of conservation areas. How do I find details about the standard of repair of the area?

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Conservation areas in Kingston upon Thames are specified by the local authority (Kingston upon Thames) who govern conservation area concerns from the upkeep of public spaces to the stoppage of ugly highway signs. English Heritage have put together a detailed list of the state of conservation areas in Kingston upon Thames and throughout England along with the trend of the area.

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How much does the cost of our searches come to?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, conveyancing clients are charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle.

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DIY conveyancing without the support of a Kingston upon Thames conveyancing solicitor looks to be possible as a buyer and seller of a house. However, would it really be practical ?

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There are no arguments why you shouldn't do the conveyancing without a trained Kingston upon Thames solicitor.

That said, a property solicitor is in charge of a long list of activities ranging from chasing retention releases or checking the lease some of which need adequate training.

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We have requested a quote from you. Could there be any supplementary hidden fees?

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Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden extra costs under any circumstances. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes. The final bill you receive may be much more.

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If we are intending to purchase near Kingston upon Thames, in the parish of Hornsey, do we need a chancel search?

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Your lawyer may suggest that a chancel search be taken out, whichever parish where the residence being bought is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils have decided to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not automatically be the case for future owners. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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I am purchasing in Kingston upon Thames. Should we have searches performed?

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Conveyancing searches are enquiries carried out on your behalf, for example a limestone search. Purchasers should know that, conveyancing searches will only cover facets affecting the legal title.

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Will you need a chancel search? I am buying in Kingston upon Thames.

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The outcome of Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced. The solicitor carrying out the legal work for your move will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Kingston upon Thames churches include All Saints (Kingston Parish Church), St John the Evangelist and St Luke.