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Conveyancing in North-East London: A mover's guide

The most outer boroughs on London's north-east are also among the most affordable and, thanks to the imminent arrival of Crossrail's Elizabeth Line, among the most accessible.

We're profiling Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Havering, with the latter the most easterly of all boroughs.

Read on to find out all you need to know about conveyancing in North-East London.

What is involved in conveyancing in North-East London?

Conveyancing is simply the term the legal world uses to describe the paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property, to remortgage and to complete a transfer of equity from a property. Once instructed, your North-East London conveyancing solicitor begins the work required to complete the transaction, including requesting searches, negotiating on price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on completion day. We only work with North-East London conveyancing solicitors who are fully qualified and experts in their field. Read more about all the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in North-East London?

Getting a quote for conveyancing in North-East London is perfectly simple and can be done in just a matter of moments. Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for all conveyancing services. All you need to do is give us a few details about yourself and the property involved. You can also request a callback from our team or call to chat through your requirements.


How much does conveyancing in North-East London cost?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the cost of conveyancing in North-East London. The final price you pay for conveyancing services will depend on several factors, including the value of the property involved. Your North-East London conveyancing transaction will include a number of fees and charges, including solicitors' fees, Land Registry charges, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*. You will also have to pay for searches and any fees involved in bank transfers. You can find out about all the costs involved in conveyancing in London in our comprehensive guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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What types of property are available in North-East London?

The biggest residential area of Waltham Forest is Walthamstow, famed for being the last stop on the Victoria Line and for its postcode giving boy band E17 their name. Property here ranges from late Victorian and Edwardian detached, semi-detached and terraces, along with purpose-built flats known as “Warner” flats. These are terraced with two front doors and each flat has its own garden. Waltham Forest has, in common with the rest of London, seen an uptick in the number of new apartment blocks.

Redbridge has several excellent benefits, one being its proximity to Epping Forest. This borough has a large number of 1930-style bungalows on its property roster, some larger semi-detached homes from the same decade and several very leafy suburbs.

In neighbouring Havering, the biggest town is Romford with bungalows one of the most popular property types. Victorian terraces are naturally well represented in the Havering property roster, along with inter-war detached and semi-detached homes.


How much does the average property cost in North-East London?

Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our North-East London boroughs:

Waltham Forest: £452,369 (detached £806,913; semi £688,337; terraced £504,372; flats/maisonettes £353,816)

Havering: £370,920 (detached £713,143; semi £450,073; terraced £351,782; flats/maisonettes £229,681)

Redbridge: £415,748 (detached £885,067; semi £575,526; terraced £441,997; flats/maisonettes £285,824)


How much will I pay in council tax in North-East London?

In London, each borough sets the council tax rates for the area. All residential property is placed into one of eight bands depending on its valuation. Check your property's valuation band on the government's valuation website.

For an estimate of what you might pay, here is the most popular Band D council tax rate and a link to the borough website where all ratings and costs are listed:

Waltham Forest: £1760.31

Havering: £1,795.84

Redbridge: £1,690.04



How good are broadband speeds in North-East London?

Broadband speeds vary across the London boroughs, although all areas of the capital can access full-fibre broadband. Find out what speed you can expect to get in your new North-East London home by using your postcode and a broadband comparison site.


What are schools like in North-East London?

In Waltham Forest, 16 schools are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The regulator has given the outstanding rating to 13 schools in Havering. In Redbridge, 29 schools are rated as outstanding.

You can check the rating of your chosen school on the government's school comparison website.


Should we ask for a flood-risk search when buying in North-East London?

The main defence against flooding in London is the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. It makes good sense to consider potential flood risk no matter where you intend to buy a home. To find out which areas are a flood risk, check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website. Your North-East London conveyancing solicitor can ask for a flood-risk search during your conveyancing transaction.


Do I need a chancel repair liability search when buying property in North-East London?

Chancel repair liability dates back to Henry VIII and the establishment of the Church of England. This liability, although exceedingly rare, can leave some land and property owners with the responsibility for paying for repairs to the local church's chancel or altar. Check out informative guide for more information. Your North-East London conveyancing solicitor will advise if you need a chancel repair liability search.


Are there conservation areas in North-East London property buyers should be aware of?

The capital has a long and illustrious history, which means there are many areas that still have important architectural or historic significance. Conservation areas have been established to protect this heritage, and strict planning rules apply to all land and property within that area. Waltham Forest has 14 conservation areas, including Chingford Green and Walthamstow Village. In Havering, there are 11 conservation areas, including the Second World War site at RAF Hornchurch. Redbridge has 16 conservation areas, which include the original Barnardo's village. If you buy within a conservation area, your North-East London conveyancing solicitor will ask for a local authority search to identify any potential issues around planning.


What do we need to know about contaminated land in North-East London?

Every borough in London has been at the centre of major regeneration and redevelopment projects in recent years, much of that on brownfield - former industrial - land. This land may be contaminated by previous use and has to be remediated (cleaned up) before it can be reused. Council are bound by law to keep a register of all identified contaminated land. An environmental search as part of your North-East London conveyancing transaction will reveal if contaminated land is an issue.


We are buying a property at auction in North-East London - can you help?

Yes, we can most definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in North-East London. Homeward Legal works with a panel of expert property law firms who have completed many auction conveyancing transactions, including from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. You can find out more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property.

Did you know?

The classic London Routemaster bus was born in Walthamstow. The London Motor Omnibus Company was founded in the town in 1905 and made the iconic red buses until 1979.

Havering is one of London's greenest and least built-up borough. Half of the borough is on green belt land, meaning it cannot be built on, and there are three country parks - Havering, Hornchurch and Bedfords.

Redbridge takes its name, unsurprisingly, from the red bridge that once crossed the River Roding.

At Homeward Legal, we pride ourselves on making all conveyancing in North-East London as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Whatever type of conveyancing you need - buying or selling property, remortgaging or a transfer of equity - we tailor our services to meet your exact requirements. Get an instant quote online or call to talk to our team. We're open seven days.


Areas within this city include:

Aldersbrook, Boston-Manor, Botany-Bay, Chingford, Chingford-Hatch, Fairlop, Friday-Hill, Hainault, Hale-End, Highams-Park, Holloway, Leyton, Leytonstone, Lower-Holloway, Oakhill, Redbridge, Seven-Kings, Sewardstonebury, Snaresbrook, South-Woodford, Temple-Mills, Upper-Walthamstow, Waltham-Forest, Walthamstow, Wanstead, Wanstead-Flats, Woodford, Woodford-Bridge, Woodford-Wells