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Conveyancing in North Kensington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

North Kensington travel information:

The nearest station to North Kensington is Shephrds B C/Und and North Kensington's nearest airport is Northolt Jet Centre Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 10 miles, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 12 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 11 miles s, White Waltham Airport is 23 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away.

Drivers are well catered for with North Kensington enjoying very good major road access about 1/2 mile of the A40M.

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North Kensington area info

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Wandsworth London Windmill, 7 Hammersmith Terrace Historic Houses Association and Chiswick House English Heritage are situated in North Kensington.

The most convenient hospital for North Kensington is Hammersmith.

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We are looking for a solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing in North Kensington. What should I check?

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Various conveyancers offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions. Fees listed in terms and conditions should be fair and clearly defined. They only apply in cases where your lawyer is required to complete extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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Does your firm advise on the legal conveyancing of auction properties in North Kensington?

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Our company is very knowledgeable with property auction procedures. Conventionally more complicated to convey houses such as structurally defective property, are listed at property auctions and these demand deeper exploration prior to exchange. Solicitors therefore recommend that buyers instruct a CQS property conveyancing lawyer well in advance of the day of the auction to allow for a full review of the sellers documents. Subsequently, immediately after the day of the auction, a lawyer will need to be able to concentrate on quickly complete the legal work in the 4 week time frame as required by the terms of sale.

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I f I read up on handling the legal work when buying a home - Might it be a good economy to do the legal conveyancing process without help.?

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In theory, there is no reason at all why a home buyer should not carry out the conveyancing unaided. In reality however, a property lawyer is in charge of a huge number of roles from e.g. checking contracts and collating and preparing contract and package which need a skilled professional. Additionally solicitors practices are required by their regulator to take out applicable indemnity insurance to safeguard you in the event of any errors.

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Which environmental factors can impact land in North Kensington, and will they be thoroughly investigated?

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Residential property could be contaminated by numerous environmental concerns. Contaminants like potentially contaminative use of nearby land or proximity to waste sites should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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I am on a deadline and need organise a fast purchase, what can we do to accelerate the process?

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Primarily, a fast conveyancing transaction is essential to instruct a proactive conveyancer. There are, however, a range of things you could do to accelerate the process, including, requesting status updates from the conveyancer regularly, quickly answering your conveyancer's questions and getting your mortgage offer in place.

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Which local authority is responsible for North Kensington?

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North Kensington is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX, contact: 020 7361 3000

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How long does the conveyancing process usually take, on average? I already have an offer.

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In general, the time taken to transfer property does vary. This is dependent on several aspects, including matters where a property has a mortgage. 8 to 12 weeks is the average for many firms, whereas our solicitors work towards four to six weeks, wherever possible.

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Will the property report compiled by the North Kensington conveyancer provide details about the rates of council tax for a Band E cottage before exchange of contracts?

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The property solicitor will speak to the appropriate local council to ask about the correct council tax rates, which will be added to the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for properties in North Kensington are tabled on the local authority website.

 
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