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Conveyancing in Plumstead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

Plumstead attractions

Erith London Windmill, Museum of the Royal Arttillery:Firepower Aviation Museum and Blackheath Old Dover Rd Library Art Gallery are around Plumstead.

The closest airport to Plumstead is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 24 miles, London Heliport Airport is 12 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 24 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 22 miles, Elstree Airport is 22 miles, Rochester Airport is 21 mile and London Biggin Hill Airport is 11 miles away and the nearest station to Plumstead is Plumstead, approximately a mile away.

The closest hospital is Heathlands Private Belvedere.


How do we get the cheapest Plumstead conveyancing quote?


Many online and high street conveyancers purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional charges are often hiding in the terms. This small print is often not read by home owners in a hurry. Any disbursements should also be included on a conveyancing quote. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


What amount of time does conveyancing to sell a house generally require? If it matters, we are purchasing a house in Plumstead.


The number of weeks taken to sell or purchase residential property does vary, influenced by several issues affecting the property. The national average is 8 to 12 weeks, but we work towards four to six weeks, wherever possible.


I am planning to buy in Plumstead. How do I find out whether the property is in a conservation area?

The regions in or near Plumstead will include a range of areas of historic or architectural significance registered as conservation areas. A solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have for affected areas in Plumstead.


When in the process do you need to instruct a solicitor?


Generally, as soon as possible, as there are a number of tasks which may be carried out immediately. Instructing your solicitor earlier can reduce any chance of the sale or purchase aborting.


Would ordering a house survey be required when purchasing a property?


Homeward Legal firmly recommend that all purchasers instruct a surveyor to carry out a survey. There can be a wide range of defects which have a negative impact on a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation. These can include failed double glazing and roof damage.


Will you need a chancel search? I am buying a property in Plumstead.


Property owners proximate to older church buildings may be required to subsidise repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. A chancel search checks that such a liability exists. A solicitor will be able to advise further. Plumstead Church of England properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include St John's, St Mark with St Margaret, St Michael and St Nicholas.


What should we do regarding rubidium (Rb) soil contamination in Plumstead?


Steps are taken on a national level to identify soil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Plumstead, including local authorities.


What is the council tax on a period converted property in Plumstead?


More often than not the conveyancing report on title should give the relevant Greenwich council tax band. Correct rates for properties in Plumstead are detailed on the Greenwich council website. On, 09/08/2012, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £859.00
  • Band B - £1,002.00
  • Band C - £1,145.00
  • Band D - £1,288.00
  • Band E - £1,574.00
  • Band F - £1,860.00
  • Band G - £2,146.00
  • Band H - £2,576.00