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Conveyancing in South Lambeth Q & A's

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Updated: 25/04/17

South Lambeth's nearest airport is London City Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 15 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 13 miles away. The closest station to South Lambeth is Vauxhall, about a mile away.

Motorists are well served with South Lambeth ideally situated with good motorway access within 3 miles of the A40M.

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Local South Lambeth attractions

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Brixton London Windmill, Imperial War Museum Aviation Museum and Jewel Tower English Heritage are easily accessible from South Lambeth.

The closest hospital to South Lambeth is St Thomas Lambeth.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? We are trying to find a discount conveyancing quote.

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many property buyers and sellers paying out more than they anticipated in the end. Many firms advertise cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra costs may be added into the solicitor's terms. A conveyancing quote should state costs to be paid to third parties, like the local authority, (disbursements). Any additional costs which are listed in the terms should be clearly defined. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

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Would you recommend taking precautions to circumvent paying stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is due on residential property over £125,000. Stamp duty avoidance is not advised. These schemes are often uneconomical and unreliable. There have been a small number of official schemes, such as disadvantaged area relief.

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What length of time can I account for conveyancing often need in South Lambeth?

The time needed to transact a house does vary, influenced by a number of aspects, including the tenure of the property. With our solicitors, your sale, purchase or remortgage is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.

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I am buying in South Lambeth. Are there any designated conservation areas?

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With over eight thousand areas of conservation throughout the country, the regions in or near South Lambeth include a range of areas of historical merit designated as protected. A property solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and be able to advise further.

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If I am purchasing in South Lambeth close by a rectory built in the 16th Century, is it necessary to get a chancel search?

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There are thousands of parishes in England and Wales. Owners of property within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. As a result of the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Your solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.

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Has soil in South Lambeth been contaminated by iron?

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With the history of industry in parts of South Lambeth, soil contamination is impossible to completely avoid. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contamination and chlorine.

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We are worried about council tax amounts on a Forties detached property in South Lambeth, how much are they?

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In general, the report on title will supply the Southwark council tax band. The correct rates for residents of South Lambeth are published on the Southwark council site. As of 23/12/2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £813.00
  • Band B - £948.00
  • Band C - £1,083.00
  • Band D - £1,219.00
  • Band E - £1,490.00
  • Band F - £1,761.00
  • Band G - £2,031.00
  • Band H - £2,438.00

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Could my conveyancing costs take into account any additional charges?

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Homeward Legal do not charge any additional fees for standard conveyancing. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes, which they will not be bound to.

 
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