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Conveyancing in Lambeth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Should I choose the property solicitor referred by our estate agent in Brent?

Both agents and mortgage brokers will usually endorse a solicitor. These referrals must be carefully considered, as it may be the case that the agent recommends the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Which lender panels in Lambeth are you on?

A.

Homeward Legal have solicitors who have experience working with the majority of lenders serving home purchasers in Lambeth. Lambeth lenders and mortgage specialists include Accomodation Mortgage Travel, 169A Norwood High St, London, SE27 9TB, Bryce-Smith & Partners, 76 Warwick Sq, London, SW1V 2AR, and Niche Advice Ltd, Premier House/10 Greycoat Pl, London, SW1P 1SB.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

We are anxious about council tax charges on a Thirties terraced house in Lambeth, how much are they?

A.

Typically the conveyancing report on title should contain the relevant Lambeth council tax band. The latest tax charges for properties in Lambeth are detailed on the Lambeth council website. On, 30/08/2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £821.00
  • Band B - £958.00
  • Band C - £1,095.00
  • Band D - £1,232.00
  • Band E - £1,506.00
  • Band F - £1,780.00
  • Band G - £2,053.00
  • Band H - £2,464.00

Q.

Is contaminated land a problem for houses in Lambeth?

A.

Several contaminants can lessen the value of residential property in Lambeth, and factors like sand or gravel pits will be detailed in an appropriate search.

Q.

We are intending to buy a period investment property in a conservation area in Lambeth, how do we find more information about the current standard of repair?

A.

Local Lambeth conservation areas are set up by the local Lambeth planning authority, who police conservation area concerns from building materials used to the thwarting of vacant buildings. English Heritage, a government body, now maintain information in relation to the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability of the area.

 
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