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Conveyancing in Millwall Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/07/17

Millwall attractions and landmarks

Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, Blackheath Old Dover Rd Library Art Gallery and Tate Modern Art Gallery are in the vicinity of Millwall.

Motorists are well catered for with Millwall situated with very convenient motorway access nearby at 1 mile of the A102M.

Millwall's nearest train station is Deptford and the closest airport to Millwall is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 19 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 19 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 17 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 12 miles away.

The closest hospital to Millwall is London Independent Stepney.

Q.

I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Millwall. What are the risks?

A.

Several solicitors purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional charges are often hiding in the terms and conditions. Costs found in the terms should be clearly defined. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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At what point should I arrange a solicitor?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Millwall, as soon as possible, as the legal work can start immediately. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase means that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Sixties terraced house in Millwall?

Ordinarily, the title report should give the relevant Lewisham council tax band. Up-to-date rates for homes in Millwall are published at the Lewisham local authority website. As of 14 July 2012 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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Can I get out of paying stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally due for houses sold for over £125,000. We do not recommend purchasers arrange any form of stamp duty reduction, as such schemes are highly expensive and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed imposing fines and reviewing all your revenue matters. There have been certain legitimate initiatives, however, such as for first-time buyers.

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Do I need to select a solicitor referred by the estate agent in Harringay?

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Your Harringay agent will often refer a conveyancer. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

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How is Millwall contaminated land identified when buying a house?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by natural causes can impact property in Millwall, such as air pollution and sand or clay quarries. An environmental search can provide much more clarity.

Q.

I've had a quote from you. Are there any additional fees?

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We do not charge any hidden fees to transact a property. Your quote is an accurate price.

Q.

If I am intending to buy near Millwall, in the parish of St Botolph without Aldgate, do we need a chancel search?

A.

Your property solicitor could advise that a chancel search is taken out, irrespective of the parish in which the home being purchased is located. Chancel repair dues can be collected on new owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have spared previous owners or tenants. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

 
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