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Conveyancing in Knightsbridge Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

Knightsbridge area info

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

Drivers are well catered for with Knightsbridge situated with excellent major road access approximately 1 1/2 mile of the A40M.

Knightsbridge's nearest station is West Brompton. Knightsbridge's nearest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 2 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 12 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 13 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away.

The nearest hospital for Knightsbridge is Cromwell London.

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What do you charge for the legal fees on a £475,000 house? We need to find a low cost conveyancing quote in Knightsbridge.

A.

This point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra costs may pad your final bill. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Is a home buyers survey sensible when buying a property?

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It is highly recommended that all buyers instruct a home surveyor to perform a survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many defects that affect a property, which include poor ventilation and wet rot.

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Will a title report prepared by the conveyancing solicitor in Knightsbridge provide details about the relevant rates of the council tax on a Band F house before exchange?

The property solicitor will contact the council to enquire about the correct council tax charges which will be added to the conveyancer's title report. Correct rates for homes in Knightsbridge are detailed online at the local authority website.

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I am taking out a mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland, is there anything I need to check?

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In some cases, lenders are now reducing their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean increased legal costs for buyers. Homeward Legal, though, are able to act for many lenders.

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If we are buying in the parish of Isleworth, do we need a chancel search?

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The conveyancer might recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a house where church councils may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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Does anybody hold any detailed published record about the conservation areas in Knightsbridge?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage keep a list about the condition of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability of the area.

Conservation area matters for instance paths and footpaths, addition of hard standings to the front of properties or new developments are administered by the local Kensington and Chelsea planning authority.

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Which Knightsbridge mortgage lender panels are you on?

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Our solicitors have experience working beside many lenders registered with the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Knightsbridge, including R E F Capital, 1 Relton Mews, London, SW7 1ET. The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction will be able to deal with the particular enquiries and searches your lender requires.

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We are buying on a recently-developed brownfield land. Is chromium soil contamination likely?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Knightsbridge, but an area will only be identified as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life or the environment is deemed unacceptable. Metal contamination of soil in Knightsbridge is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like disinfection by-products and groundwater contaminants like pesticides, will also be included in an environmental search.

 
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