Is there an organisation that holds any comprehensive info on the standard of the conservation areas in South Hampstead?
Conservation area concerns including the upkeep of public spaces, non sympathetic doors or neglected buildings are administered by the local Camden planning authority. Following a campaign, English Heritage now maintain records on the state of conservation areas in England as well as the exposure to deterioration or improvement.
Do I need a solicitor?
The quick and easy answer is that you don’t. There is no legal imperative for you to employ a solicitor to handle the conveyancing when dealing with property. However, it would be rather unwise for you to carry out the work yourself because you probably won’t have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform many of the complex tasks, and you won’t possess the indemnity insurance that all solicitors are obliged to carry to protect clients in the event that something goes wrong.
You need to appoint a solicitor who is experienced, proactive and focused so that you have the best chance of completing your transaction as early as possible. You should also look for such a solicitor who also offers ‘No Completion, No Fee’ protection so that you will only be invoiced for the fees once your transaction has completed successfully.
Worried about the conveyancing process? Looking at a tight budget? Let Homeward Legal help you with our low fees without compromising our service values. Call us now on 0800 038 6699.
Should we opt for the law firm suggested by the agent?
Your agent will be able to pressure a conveyancing firm they refer many clients to, and can therefore persuade a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as it may be the case that the agent recommends whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best value for you.
What makes the sale conveyancing process in South Hampstead to need such a long time?
The conveyancing process may be held up even where there is no chain. Some reasons are beyond a lawyer's influence. Homeward Legal know how stressful these delays can be and do our best to curtail their impact if it can be achieved. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow solicitors acting for the other side.
Has soil in South Hampstead been contaminated by lithium?
Restrictions exist to limit soil contamination, but some existing contaminants can reside for decades after exposure. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as landfill leachate and food-processing waste, will be included in an environmental search.
We have a found a house to buy. How do we aim for a fast exchange and completion?
It is well established that buying faster is key to instruct a proactive and experienced property lawyer. You should consider:
- Do they use email?
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
What is stamp duty and land transaction tax?
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a proportion of the final sale price of a property payable to HMRC by the buyer. The current trigger threshold is for any property priced at £125,000 or over (unless you’re a first-time buyer, in which case you pay less or no tax for properties priced at less than £500,000). Your solicitor will handle the transfer of the tax as part of the final tasks on your conveyancing.
In Scotland, buyers have to pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and, in Wales, the Land Transaction Tax is triggered at properties priced over £180,000.
In all cases, the amount payable is based on a sliding scale as the price goes up as a proportion of that range added together than an overall flat tax amount or percentage. So, the higher the price goes up, the greater the amount of tax you have to pay.