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Conveyancing in Newington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Newington area info

George Inn National Trust , Brixton London Windmill, Imperial War Museum Aviation Museum and Tate Modern Art Gallery are easily accessible from Newington.

Newington's nearest airport is London City Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 16 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 15 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 13 miles away and Newington's closest train station is London Waterloo East.

The closest hospital is St Thomas Lambeth.

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How do we find the best conveyancing rates for a 438,000 house?

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Both high-street and online firms purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional charges are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any additional charges which are listed in terms of engagement ought to be fair and reasonable.

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How much would searches cost?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, a client will be charged no more than £249 for conveyancing searches. Conveyancing searches are will be charged at cost.

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The internet has a multitude of online books about doing your own legal work. Do we necessarily need to spend money on a Newington property solicitor for my move?

A.

There are no reasons why a home mover cant adopt a DIY approach and conduct the legal work without Newington lawyer. That said, a solicitor juggles a huge array of activities including interpreting replies to enquiries and reading

the lease many of which really need training. Essentially amateur lawyers will not be covered by the applicable cover which practicing legal practices are required by their regulator to take out.

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We have requested a quote from you. Will there be any hidden fees?

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Our solicitors will never charge any additional costs. Under the circumstances, it may be that your solicitor recommends some additional work, but you will be made aware of any fees pertaining to such work before they are incurred.

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Would ordering a house survey be required when buying property in Newington?

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Homeward Legal firmly recommend that home buyers arrange a house survey when you intend to buy in Newington. There can be many defects that can affect a property, which will not be covered by the legal work, such as flat roof leaks and roof damage.

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How is contaminated land in Newington identified when buying?

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Residential property may be contaminated by many human activities, like air pollution and sand or clay quarries. An environmental search will give more detail.

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We are worried about the council tax charges on a period converted home in Newington, how much are they?

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Usually the report on title should give information the relevant Southwark council tax band. Correct rates for homes in Newington are set out in detail online at the Southwark local authority website. At the time of authoring on 31/07/2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £813.00
  • Band B - £948.00
  • Band C - £1,083.00
  • Band D - £1,219.00
  • Band E - £1,490.00
  • Band F - £1,761.00
  • Band G - £2,031.00
  • Band H - £2,438.00

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I am intending to buy in Newington, should we have property searches done?

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Searches are a prescribed set of enquiries undertaken in the interest of the purchaser, for example a commons registration search. Buyers should be aware that, conveyancing searches consider issues and defects relating to the property's legal title.

 
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