Find out more about conveyancing in South East London

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in South East London, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in South East London, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in South-East London: A mover's guide

Featuring some of London's most historic and picturesque areas, South-East London is a family and commuter-friendly part of the capital.

We're focusing on the boroughs of Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley in our guide, each offering its own distinctive atmosphere.

Want to know more about conveyancing in South-East London? We answer all the vital questions.

What does conveyancing in South-East London involve?

Conveyancing is the term the legal profession uses for the process of buying and selling land and property. In effect, this is all the paperwork involved in buying and selling property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Your South-East London conveyancing solicitor carries out all the legal formalities to ensure the transaction is completed. Among the activities required for conveyancing are requesting searches, negotiating on price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds. We only work with South-East London conveyancing solicitors who are fully qualified and experts in their field. Read more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in South-East London?

Our online quote builder will give you an instant quote for the South-East London conveyancing services you need. You can also get a quote in minutes by calling our team on or request a callback for a time that suits you. We're open seven days.

How much does conveyancing in South-East London cost?

There is no definitive answer to how much conveyancing in South-East London will cost. Each transaction depends on factors such as the value of the property involved. A South-East London conveyancing transaction will include several solicitor and Land Registry fees, costs for a surveyor and Stamp Duty Land Tax***. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs, we've produced a guide to average conveyancing fees.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

What types of property are available in South-East London?

A World Heritage Site and, of course, the home to the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line was developed, the Royal Borough of Greenwich mixes both ancient and modern in a vibrant community. The architecture here ranges from Georgian to Victorian to early 20th-century family homes. More recently, major apartment blocks have been built in the borough.

Bexley has a range of period property, too, some dating from the Georgian era but mostly Victorian and 1930s detached, semi-detached and bungalows. Newbuild developments have mainly focused on apartments, but there are some with family homes.

Family-sized homes dominate the property market in Bromley, everything from Victorian cottages and houses to 1920s detached homes and 1930s semis and bungalows. There are newbuild flats and homes around the borough.

How much does the average property cost in South-East London?

Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our south London boroughs:

Greenwich: £388,441 (detached £808,825; semi £573,729; terraced £430,482; flats/maisonettes £331,506)

Bexley: £345,568 (detached £583,875; semi £438,434; terraced £349,476; flats/maisonettes £233,334)

Bromley: £427,541 (detached £863,290; semi £521,261; terraced £385,562; flats/maisonettes £278,274)

How much will I pay in council tax in South-East London?

London's boroughs set council tax rates for their own areas. All residential property is placed into one of eight bands that depend on its valuation. Use the government's valuation website to check the band your property is in.

For an idea of what you might pay, we're detailing the most popular Band D council tax rate and a link to the borough website where all ratings and costs are listed:

Greenwich: £1,489.55

Bexley: £1,744.64

Bromley: £1,596.84

How good are broadband speeds in South-East London?

All London's boroughs have access to full-fibre broadband, though speeds do vary from area to area. You can put your postcode into a broadband comparison site to find out the speeds you might expect at your new South-East London property.

What are schools like in South-East London?

There are 18 schools in Greenwich that are rated as outstanding by Ofsted; Bexley has 13 schools rated by the regulator as outstanding; and Bromley has 29 outstanding schools.

Use the government's school comparison website to check the rating of your chosen school.

Is a flood-risk search essential when buying in South-East London?

London's main defence against flooding is the Thames Barrier, which is at Woolwich within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Both Greenwich and Bexley have a border with the river, which makes assessment of flood risk when buying a home a priority. That does also apply to Bromley because of the rise in flash flooding in the UK in recent years. Check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website for guidance on areas most at risk of flooding. When buying a home in South-East London, your conveyancing solicitor will discuss instructing a flood-risk search.

Should we ask about a chancel repair search when buying property in South-East London?

This rare and historic charge dating back to the 16th century and the establishment of the Church of England, chancel repair liability carries with it the risk of a big bill if not identified before you buy a property. We've created a detailed guide on chancel repair liability. Where necessary for conveyancing in South-East London, your solicitor will commission a chancel repair liability search.

Are there conservation areas in South-East London to be aware of?

South-East London has seen major redevelopment and regeneration projects in recent. However, each borough in our South-East London guide is also filled with areas of historical or architectural significance. These are designated as conservation areas where much stricter planning rules apply. As a royal borough, Greenwich has 23 conservation areas, including Greenwich Park and Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Bexley also has 23 conservation areas such as Old Bexley and the Hollies in Sidcup. In Bromley, there are 45 conservation areas, including Hayes Village and Farnborough Park. When buying a home in a South-East London borough, your conveyancing solicitor will instruct a local authority search that will identify any issues around planning.

What should home buyers know about contaminated land in South-East London?

London's long history of industry means there are many areas of the capital with vacant land that could be contaminated by its past use. Many of the new development and regeneration projects are taking place on brownfield sites that were once a hive of industry. By law, a borough council must keep a register of all identified contaminated land. It makes sense to ensure your property purchase is free of any issues. Ask your South-East London conveyancing solicitor about instruct an environmental search.

Should we instruct a conveyancing solicitor before buying at auction in South-East London?

We always advise anyone buying a property at auction in South-East London to instruct a solicitor first because the deadline for completion is short, usually 28 days. Formally instructing a solicitor before the auction gives them time to examine the lot's legal pack and get the transaction underway. Read more in our thorough guide to conveyancing for auction property. Homeward Legal works with expert property law firms who have completed many auction conveyancing transactions, such as from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.

Did you know?

The foot tunnel under the River Thames that connects Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs is 1,215 feet long and 50 feet deep. Around 1.5 million pedestrians use the tunnel every year.

The Red House in Bexleyheath is the only house commissioned, created and lived in by artist William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. Today the property is owned by the National Trust and contains many of the original features and furniture.

Biggin Hill Airport was founded during the First World War but became most famous for its role as one of the key fighter bases for the RAF during the Second World War. Fighter pilots from Biggin Hill shot down 1,400 enemy aircraft and lost 453 aircrew over the course of the conflict.

Whatever service you need for conveyancing in South-East London - buying or selling, remortgaging or a transfer of equity - Homeward Legal is here to make the process as simple and cost-effective as possible. Get an instant quote online now or call to talk to our team. We're open late Monday to Friday and from 10am until 4pm at the weekend.

Areas within this district of London include:

Abbey-Wood, Albany-Park, Anerley, Avery-Hill, Barnehurst, Beckenham, Bellingham, Belvedere, Bermondsey, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Bickley, Blackfen, Blackheath, Brockley, Bromley, Camberwell, Catford, Charlton, Chelsfield, Chislehurst, Crayford, Crofton, Crofton-Park, Crook-Log, Crystal-Palace, Cudham, Deptford, Downe, Dulwich, East-Dulwich, Eden-Park, Elmers-End, Eltham, Erith, Falconwood, Foots-Cray, Forest-Hill, Green-Street-Green, Greenwich, Grove-Park, Herne-Hill, Hither-Green, Honor-Oak, Kidbrooke, Ladywell, Lee, Lewisham, Locksbottom, Lower-Sydenham, Mottingham, New-Beckenham, New-Cross, New-Eltham, Nunhead, Orpington, Park-Langley, Peckham, Penge, Plumstead, Pratts-Bottom, Rotherhithe, South-Bromley, South-Wimbledon, Southwark, St-Mary-Cray, St-Pauls-Cray, Surrey-Quays, Sydenham, Thamesmead, The-Borough, Walworth, Welling, West-Wickham, Woolwich