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Conveyancing in Old Ford Q & A's

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Updated: 19/01/18

Old Ford area information

Sutton House National Trust and Trinity Buoy Wharf LighthouseTemple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are near to Old Ford.

Drivers are well served with Old Ford being well placed with excellent motorway access close at under a couple of miles of the A102M.

The closest station to Old Ford is Hackney Wick. London City Airport is 4 miles from Old Ford. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 19 miles, London Heliport Airport is 9 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 20 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 17 miles, Elstree Airport is 16 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away.

The closest hospital to Old Ford is London Chest.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £358,000 property? I am trying to find an affordable Old Ford conveyancing estimate.

A.

This point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many property lawyers purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges may be added into small print that buyers often do not check. Extra charges which are listed in your solicitor's terms ought to be fair. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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I am enquiring about the council tax charges on a Thirties end of terrace property in Old Ford, how much are they?

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Normally the conveyancer's title report should provide the relevant Tower Hamlets council tax band. Correct charges for Old Ford are published at the Tower Hamlets council website. At the time of writing on 01/03/2013 rates are:

  • Band A - £795.00
  • Band B - £927.00
  • Band C - £1,060.00
  • Band D - £1,192.00
  • Band E - £1,457.00
  • Band F - £1,722.00
  • Band G - £1,987.00
  • Band H - £2,384.00

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Why could the conveyancing process take weeks to complete?

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Conveyancing will sometimes experience delays for a variety of reasons. The reasons are on occasion unhappily beyond the conveyancing solicitor's power.

We endeavour to lessen their consequences whenever we can by chasing for prompt responses. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow third parties such as landlords or managing agents.

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Old Ford conveyancers conduct a variety of property when they are instructed to act for a property buyer - which specific ones?

A.

If taking out a mortgage the mortgage lender mandates a specified set of searches, including the following Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environment Search, and perhaps special local Old Ford searches e.g. a Cheshire Brine Search.

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Can titanium (Ti) contaminate Old Ford soil?

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There are comprehensive regulations to prevent future top-soil contamination. The local authority for Old Ford will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

My husband and I are intending to buy in Old Ford. Can I check that the building is in a conservation area?

A.

With over eight thousand conservation areas throughout the country, the areas in or near Old Ford include a range of areas of historic or architectural significance designated as protected. A property solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have for affected areas in Old Ford.

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What are the pitfalls when buying a period home within a Tower Hamlets council designated conservation area ?

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An integral part of conveyancing for purchasers involves the making of enquiries of Tower Hamlets planning authority to check conservation area status and permission being granted for any changes. Searches vary in price between authorities, but are charged without markup to the client. In the absence of any appropriate consents, your solicitor will give you professional advice on the alternatives which include getting retrospective permission from the planning authority or seeking cover with indemnity insurance.

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Would you advise that we get a chancel liability search when we are buying in Old Ford close to a 1500s glebe?

A.

Property owners near to churches may be required to contribute towards the cost of repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. A chancel search is used to check that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. The solicitor acting on your behalf will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Old Ford Church of England properties include St Paul.