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Conveyancing in South East London Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Southeast London -

By road: Southeast London is served by the M25, A2, A20, A21, A22, A23 and A205. By rail: The biggest train stations in Southeast London are Brixton, Elephant and Castle, London Bridge, Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Victoria. Part of the Underground also exists within the location. By air: Being part of the largest city in Britain, there are several airports accessible from the central point of Southeast London (Lewisham): London Heliport (9 miles), London Biggin Hill Airport (10 miles), London City Airport (11), Northolt Jet Centre (22), London Heathrow Airport (24), London Gatwick Airport (25), Rochester Airport (28), Southend Airport (40), Wycombe Air Park and London Stansted Airport (both 41 miles), Elstree Aerodrome (45), and TAG London Farnborough Airport (48).

Hospitals (representation): St. Thomas’, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7EH Guy’s, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT London Bridge, 27 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2PR Lewisham, Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, SE13 6LW King’s College, Denmark Hill, Brixton, SE5 9RS Cygnet Hospital Blackheath, 80 Blackheath Hill, Blackheath, SE10 8AD

Council: London Councils (www.londoncouncils.gov.uk).

Attractions: SeaLife Aquarium, Winchester Palace, Eltham Palace and Gardens, Tower of London, Olympic Park, East Ham Nature Reserve, The London Bridge Experience, London Dungeon, Severndroog Castle, and Tower Bridge.

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Will our conveyancing costs for a purchase in Brixton incorporate any additional charges?

It is unfortunate that it is common practice for some firms to hide fees in the small print of the terms of engagement. However, Homeward Legal's solicitors do not charge any hidden extra costs. Their quotes clearly specify the fees and costs so that you can manage your legal expenditure throughout the transaction and you will know what the final bill will be. Our team of experts are waiting to talk to you. Call them on 0800 038 6699 for fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Do Homeward Legal get involved in the conveyancing of auction properties in Southeast London?

Our company frequently do the legal work for sellers at auction. It is wise for buyers at auction to formally instruct an auction experienced lawyer long in advance of the auction to allow time for a detailed investigation of the legal documents. Immediately following the auction a solicitor must be prepared for get through the conveyancing in 28 days as conventionally required by the terms and conditions of sale. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of auction experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote.

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The property-seller appears to have installed ill-suited chimney stacks on the house in Southeast London, which I think might possibly break conservation-area rules. What should happen now?

A property lawyer will carry out searches to verify whether the property is located within a conservation area, and, if so, to check that any modifications have the required permissions from the local authority. You can then use this information as a possible bargaining tool where there has been a contravention of the rules.

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We are buying a house on a recently-developed, brownfield site in Southeast London. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

Though the dangers are usually minor, some very localised cases of contamination in Southeast London may pose an unacceptably high risk to human health. The local authority for the Southeast London location will be able to provide more detail on any cases of contamination, which will be picked up by your conveyancer during the environmental searches.

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If I were to buy a book about DIY-conveyancing as a buyer of a house in Southeast London, would it actually be a false economy to carry out the legal tasks myself?

There are no legal arguments why a home-mover can’t adopt this approach and embark on the legal work without a qualified lawyer. In reality, however, a conveyancer in Southeast London is in charge of a long list of assignments (e.g. chasing the mortgage offer or identifying conservation area breaches), which require a qualified solicitor.

Note, too, that you may incur delays that jeopardise your move. In addition, you will not carry the necessary personal indemnity cover that all lawyers’ firms are obliged to carry. Call our conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and to obtain a fixed-fee quote.

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Is a Homebuyer Report required when purchasing a house in Southeast London?

While it is not a legal requirement to have a structural survey on your planned purchase, Homeward Legal strongly advise that home-buyers in Southeast London instruct a building surveyor to perform a survey. Numerous issues will impact a property (e.g. dry rot, the need for rewiring, evidence of insect infestation, etc.), which will not be covered under the remit of the conveyancing work.

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Is the SDLT fee a fee or a disbursement?

Disbursements and fees ought to be clearly identified on a conveyancing quote. This charge is a fee and not a disbursement. Homeward Legal’s quotes are clearly laid out, making the distinction transparent between what constitutes a fee and what comprises a disbursement. Try our online quote calculator.

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For a speedy exchange and completion on the purchase of a £450,000 Southeast London property, what should we do to guarantee a more rapid transaction?

Key to an increase in the pace of the conveyancing transaction is to instruct a property lawyer as early as possible. When choosing a property lawyer, you should consider these questions:

  • Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact?

Homeward Legal offers this and more. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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Should we order a chancel search if we plan to purchase in the parish of Westminster St Margaret?

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Regardless of the South East London parish you are purchasing in, the solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be ordered. In older areas of South East London, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a building where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.

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We are intending to buy a 1950s house in one of the conservation areas. Where does one find details about the state of upkeep?

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Conservation areas in South East London are set up by Southwark who oversee everything from building materials to the prohibition of advertising hoardings. English Heritage, a government body, keep a list in relation to the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the risk of a decline in standards.

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Do homewardlegal.co.uk do property auction conveyancing in South East London?

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Our company frequently do the legal work for sellers at auction. Conveyancers always advocate buyers at auction to formally instruct an auction experienced lawyer before the auction to allow time for a detailed investigation of the legal documents.

Immediately following the auction a solicitor must be prepared for get through the conveyancing in 28 days as conventionally required by the terms and conditions of sale.

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Why does conveyancing take months to complete?

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South East London conveyancing could be delayed, we, however, seek to minimise their consequences whenever feasible. Common delays may include a slow firm acting for the lender.

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We are intending to buy in South East London. Are there any conservation areas in the area?

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Conservation areas characterise streets and neighbourhoods of historic or architectural significance. Your lawyer will be able to provide more details.

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Which environmental factors can contaminate land in South East London, and should they be an issue?

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Residential property in South East London would be contaminated by a wide range of naturally-occurring factors. Issues like nearby waste management facilities will be detailed in an appropriate search.

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How much will the fee for the searches in South East London come to?

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Searches range in cost. Conveyancing searches are disbursements paid to a third party.