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Conveyancing in Lewisham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Lewisham services information and addresses ;

Commuters are well served with Lewisham enjoying excellent motorway access nearby at a couple of miles of the A40M.

The closest airport to Lewisham is London City Airport. 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 closest station to Lewisham is Charing Cross, around a mile away.

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Lewisham attractions

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are near to Lewisham.

The nearest hospital to Lewisham is Royal London Homeopathic.

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I need the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Lewisham, we are on a tight budget.

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The confusion over this matter catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers advertise cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any fees found in the terms should be fair and reasonable. Your conveyancing quote should state any disbursements to be paid.

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How do I verify if a property is in a conservation area?

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With over 9,000 conservation areas throughout the country, the local areas in or near Lewisham will include several areas of architectural merit designated as protected. Conservation areas in Lewisham include Deptford High Street. The local council will be able to advise further about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

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There is a lot of online help on handling the legal work when buying and selling a house. Might it be an unrealistic idea to do the conveyancing on a DIY basis without help.?

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If you wish to have a stab you can feasibly complete the bulk of the your own conveyancing without the services of a qualified conveyancing solicitor in Lewisham.

However, a conveyancer is in charge of a significant number of actions such as chasing retention releases and handling retentions which need a qualified professional. More importantly DIY lawyers do not have suitable indemnity insurance which solicitors are legally obligated to possess.

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To complete on our £544k house purchase ASAP, how can we arrange a fast exchange and completion in Lewisham?

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Instructing a proactive solicitor is the key to a faster move. There are several tasks you could do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • completing all forms as soon as possible
  • ordering a property survey early in the transaction

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The vendor has unfortunately added dormer windows on the property which I think may defy Radstock conservation area rules.

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A lawyer is required to ascertain if the property is inside a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have necessary consent from the Lewisham planning authority.

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Our lender will be Ulster Bank - what will we need to consider?

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Traditionally, most solicitors could act for the majority lenders. Buyers should be aware that a small number of lenders have limited the firms who can act for them, potentially creating increased conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal are able to act on behalf of all large lenders so that you will not be required to pay your lender's legal costs.

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I ideally want to complete on the sale of a property quickly, are you fast Lewisham conveyancers ?

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We adopt an extremely efficient approach when conducting the legal work for home sellers as quickly as possible.

Having invested in the latest practice management systems . We always give sellers a SRA property lawyer who will go the extra mile to communicate with the entire property chain for example landlords, to bring about a fast home move.

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Should I select the firm of solicitors suggested by the local agent?

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It is not uncommon for agents to refer a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, some agents choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.

 
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