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Conveyancing in Lewisham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

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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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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I am purchasing a property in Clerkenwell [St James]. Do we need a chancel search?

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A solicitor instructed to handle the transaction might recommend that a chancel search is taken out, whichever parish in which the home being purchased is located. Through some Parochial Church Councils have taken the decision to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will remain liability-free

for new owners. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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How much can the charge for the conveyancing searches total?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. They are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged 'at cost'.

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We are buying a building in Sydenham West, we will need to know if stamp duty relief is available.

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Lewisham stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas will cease in April 2013. Areas in Lewisham include Whitefoot, Rushey Green, Bellingham, Drake, Evelyn, Churchdown, Downham, Grinling Gibbons, Grove Park, Hither Green, Marlowe and Sydenham West. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

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Does your solicitors company get involved in the conveyancing of property auction properties in Lewisham?

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Yes - Homeward Legal is very competent with buyers and sellers at auction. Regularly unusually constructed properties are included at property auctions and these need more review before completing. We therefore strongly encourage bidders to formally appoint a SRA regulated lawyer prior to the date of the auction to allow enough time for a full investigation of the legal documents.

Post auction your instructed lawyer will be prepared for finishing the legal work in the usual 28 days as required by the auction conditions.

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What is the council tax on a Fifties converted property in Lewisham?

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Almost always the conveyancer's title report should give information the relevant Lewisham council tax band.

The correct charges for properties in Lewisham are tabled at the Lewisham council website. At the time of writing (18 March 2013) rates are:

  • Band A - £899.00
  • Band B - £1,049.00
  • Band C - £1,199.00
  • Band D - £1,349.00
  • Band E - £1,649.00
  • Band F - £1,948.00
  • Band G - £2,248.00
  • Band H - £2,698.00

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What type of exploration concerning the risk and history of a flood in the South East London area will a Lewisham conveyancing solicitor check?

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An experienced property conveyancing lawyer applies for standard protocol property conveyancing searches that will include Lewisham area flood risk information. Also as an additional measure your lawyer in Lewisham might suggest an inexpensive additional local Lewisham search.