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Conveyancing in North Harrow Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

North Harrow key data:

Drivers are well catered for with North Harrow having very good major road access approximately a couple of miles of the A40M.

The closest airport to North Harrow 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 nearest station to North Harrow is Charing Cross, approximately 1 mile away.

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North Harrow attractions and landmarks

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are in the vicinity of North Harrow.

The nearest hospital to North Harrow is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do we get a cheap solicitor in North Harrow for buying a flat?

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This topic catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra charges are often hiding in the small print which home owners may have not read carefully Any additional fees listed in the small print needs to be reasonable. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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What sort of fact finding about the potential risk of a flood around North London will the North Harrow property lawyer give details on?

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A vital step in the legal due diligence process involves a conveyancer making an application for environmental searches that provide specific information regarding North Harrow flood risk area data. An inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more detailed North London database search (e.g Homecheck) may possibly be proposed by a conveyancing solicitor in North Harrow if in the event that the initial searches reveal a flood risk.

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What authority looks after for recording the standard of the conservation areas in North Harrow and North Harrow?

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Conservation areas are designated by the local authority (Harrow) who police the state of the area including things like

ugly shop fronts, addition of unsympathetic windows and property boundaries. Following a campaign, English Heritage maintain a detailed list of the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the trend of the area.

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With a leasehold property ready to buy, and no chain, how do we ensure fast legal work?

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Contacting a communicative property lawyer is essential to a fast transaction. There are a number of things you, as the buyer, can do, such as, pushing the property lawyer to begin enquiries as soon as possible, answering any queries raised by the property lawyer as soon as possible and arranging any finances require to complete the purchase.

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What will the council tax cost me for a investment Band A maisonette in North Harrow?

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The appropriate band should commonly be given as part of the report on title, and by the governing local authority

The correct charges for properties in North Harrow are set out online at the Harrow council website. At the time of writing (04 March 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £996.00
  • Band B - £1,161.00
  • Band C - £1,327.00
  • Band D - £1,493.00
  • Band E - £1,825.00
  • Band F - £2,157.00
  • Band G - £2,489.00
  • Band H - £2,987.00

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My partner and I are interested in purchasing a property in North Harrow. How do I find out whether the property is in a designated conservation area?

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With over 8,000 conservation areas in England, the neighbourhoods in or near North Harrow will include numerous areas of 'special architectural and historic interest' defined as protected. The local council will be able to advise further about local conservation areas, and the lawyer handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

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Should we choose the lawyer that commonly works with by our local agent?

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It is common practice for estate agents to suggest a conveyancing firm. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.

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As a consequence of the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began we are wondering whether flood searches won't be sufficient?

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An experienced property lawyer in North Harrow will get specialist environmental searches if the first conveyancing searches determine a significant risk North Harrow area flood risk

People sometimes try to speak to a next door neighbour for that further confidence.