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Conveyancing in Penge Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Local key data:

The nearest airport to Penge is London Biggin Hill Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 21 mile s, London City Airport is 7 miles, London Heliport Airport is 10 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 21 mile s, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 21 mile s, Elstree Airport is 23 miles, Rochester Airport is 22 miles and away. The closest station to Penge is Bromley North, almost 1 mile away.

The closest hospital is Sloane.

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Are additional fees applied? I need a fixed rate conveyancing quote.

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Many solicitors advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any additional charges found in terms of engagement should be fair. They be applied only where your solicitor must complete unanticipated additional work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The disbursements to be paid should be included on the conveyancing quote based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

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What makes conveyancing for a sale to need such a long time? Isn't it just filing paperwork?

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The conveyancing process could suffer setbacks. Homeward Legal seek to diminish their impact wherever possible to do so.

Q.

Barclays Bank will be our lender - is there anything I need to check?

A.

House buyers need to be aware that some lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating higher legal costs for house purchasers. Homeward Legal are able to act for all large lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay legal costs to your lender's solicitor.

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Should I opt for the conveyancing suggested by the estate agent?

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The Headington agent may endorse a law firm. These referrals should be considered carefully, as the agent may recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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Which factors can contaminate land in Penge. Are they a problem?

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Several contaminants caused by factors caused by man and by nature can affect Penge property. Contaminants such as proximity to waste sites should be considered as part of the appropriate search.

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Regarding the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012 I am asking whether conveyancing and environmental searches might not be sufficient?

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A lawyer in Penge will consider include flood searches if the environmental conveyancing searches spots a the local Penge flood risk

For greater peace of mind you can always speak to a local resident.

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If I am buying a Penge home close to church grounds, will I need to get a chancel search?

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Some owners in Penge can be required to subsidise maintenance of a medieval church. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a Penge property, but an indemnity policy may be available to protect the new owners. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Penge church lands where a chancel search may be necessary include St John The Evangelist.

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I am buying a converted chapel in the parish of Feltham. Is a chancel search needed?

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Your solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be taken out, regardless of the parish in which the house being purchased is found. In older areas of Penge, chancel repair can be imposed on the current owners of a house where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

 
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