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Conveyancing in Lambeth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Lambeth attractions and landmarks

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are situated in Lambeth.

Motorists are well catered for with Lambeth ideally situated with very convenient road access nearby at 2 miles of the A40M.

Lambeth's closest train station is Charing Cross. London City Airport is 7 miles from Lambeth. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

The most convenient hospital for Lambeth is Royal London Homeopathic.

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We are trying to find low cost conveyancing in Lambeth. How do we get a quote?

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Many firms offer supposedly cheap conveyancing, but additional charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Additional fees found in terms of engagement should be reasonable and clear and be applied only where your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Do we need a chancel search when you are purchasing in Lambeth on the same street as priory land?

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There are over 15,000 parishes across the UK. Property owners within some of these may be required to contribute towards the repair of a local church. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including county histories. Churches in the area include Kennington Cross, St Anselm, South , St Stephen and St Mary / Mission.

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Our mortgage lender is Beverley Building Society, what will I need to know?

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A small number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased legal costs for buyers. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act on behalf of all large lenders.

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Are there many designated conservation areas in Lambeth?

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Parts of Lambeth considered be of 'special architectural and historic interest', like model housing estates, may be designated as areas of conservation. These restrictions can result in the buyer inheriting liability of unauthorised changes, but the benefits will include an increase in local property values.

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What due diligence as respects the risk of floods to properties in South London will a Lambeth property solicitor go into detail on?

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An integral component in the legal due diligence procedure of purchasing a property involves your lawyer conducting conveyancing searches that set out specific information with respect to Lambeth flood risk. In some cases a lawyer in Lambeth will sometimes advocate a more involved (e.g. Landmark) detailed flood search.

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How much will the conveyancing searches be?

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The cost of searches will vary noticeably, depending on the searches chosen. Searches are disbursements.

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Is soil in Lambeth contaminated by mercury (Hg)?

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There are extensive regulations in place to curtail soil contamination. Also considering issues such as water contaminants such as industrial chemicals, contaminants affecting Lambeth property will be factored into an environmental search.

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We are intending to purchase a barn conversion in the parish of Feltham. Will a chancel search be important?

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A lawyer may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. In older areas of Lambeth, chancel repair can be imposed on the owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.