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If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in South 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 London, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in South London: A mover's guide.

The debate about where is best - south or north London - is one that's never going to end. But South London is more than holding its own as the best place to move in the capital.

In our profile of South London, we've included four very diverse boroughs: Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. And each has something unique to offer home movers, including stunning parks and outdoor spaces, funky food choices and vibrant marketplaces, and a wide variety of properties to choose from.

We answer all your questions on conveyancing in South London.

What does conveyancing in South London involve?

Conveyancing is the term for the paperwork that's involved in buying and selling land and property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Your South London conveyancing solicitor carries out all the legal formalities to ensure the transaction is completed smoothly. This includes requesting searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on the day of completion. We only work with fully qualified and regulated South London conveyancing solicitors. Find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


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

Our online quote builder will give you an instant quote for the South London conveyancing services you need. Simply provide a few details about you and the property involved in your transaction and you'll get a quote in minutes. You can also get a quick quote 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 London cost?

There is no simple answer to how much conveyancing in South London will cost. Each transaction is unique and will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property involved. A South London conveyancing transaction will include solicitors' and Land Registry fees and costs for a surveyor and Stamp Duty Land Tax** for a buyer. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs, check out our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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

What types of property are available in South London?

Wandsworth is a blend of period property - mostly Victorian and Edwardian detached, semis and terraces - former local authority homes and newbuild apartment blocks. The former Battersea Power Station is at the centre of the riverside development with thousands of new homes created on the iconic site.

Luxury riverside apartments and warehouse conversions in Southwark afford the best view of the city from the south. Regeneration is happening all across Southwark, bringing new homes alongside the existing Victorian and Edwardian terraces.

Lambeth is one of the most diverse boroughs, its northern edge featuring luxury apartments overlooking the Thames at Waterloo while Victorian and Edwardian terraces and newbuilds feature in the likes of Clapham, Streatham and Tulse Hill.

Lewisham is one of South London's up-and-coming boroughs. Its traditional Victorian terraces have been bolstered in recent years by the major Lewisham Gateway regeneration project close to the station, which will bring thousands of new homes and apartments.


How much does the average property cost in South London?

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

Wandsworth: £593,908 (detached £1,727,973; semi £1,173,785; terraced £823,283; flats/maisonettes £503,357

Southwark: £515,122 (detached £1,707,558; semi £1,012,451; terraced £732,474; flats/maisonettes £444,874)

Lambeth: £532,170 (detached £1,198,661; semi £966,930; terraced £753,860; flats/maisonettes £461,856)

Lewisham: £433,008 (detached £873,845; semi £710,108; terraced £516,767; flats/maisonettes £357,145)


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

Each borough sets council tax rates for the area. All residential property is in one of eight bands depending on its valuation. Use the government's valuation website to check which band your property is in.

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

Wandsworth: £823.97

Southwark: £1,440.88

Lambeth: £1,501.63

Lewisham: £1,646.44



How good are broadband speeds in South London?

While full-fibre broadband can be accessed in all areas of London, speeds do vary across all the capital. Use your postcode on a broadband comparison site to find out what kind of speeds you might expect in your new home.


What are schools like in South London?

In Wandsworth, 27 schools are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Southwark has 32 schools given the outstanding rating by the regulator. In Lambeth, there are 33 schools rated as outstanding. And Lewisham has 20 schools with the outstanding rating.

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


Should we ask for a flood-risk search when buying in South London?

London's main defence against flooding is the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. All four of the boroughs in our South London guide have a border with the river, so it makes sense for anyone buying property near there to consider potential flood risk. You can check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website for guidance. Your South London conveyancing solicitor will ask for a flood-risk search when completing your transaction.


Is chancel repair liability a problem when buying property in South London?

A 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. Check out our comprehensive guide on chancel repair liability for more details. Ask your South London conveyancing solicitor to commission a chancel liability search which will reveal any threat.


Are there conservation areas in South London property buyers should know of?

All areas of London have undergone major development and regeneration projects in the last few decades. However, the capital's long history means there are areas with historical or architectural significance that are designated as conservation areas. In these areas, much stricter planning rules apply. Borough High Street in Southwark is a conservation area that includes Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral; in Wandsworth, Battersea Square is one of 46 conservation areas in the borough; the Christmas Estate and Perry Vale is the most recent addition to Lewisham's list of conservation areas; and, amazingly, one-third of Lambeth's entire geographical area is included in the borough's 62 conservation areas. When buying a home in any of these boroughs, your South London conveyancing solicitor will instruct a local authority search that will identify any issues around planning.


Is contaminated land an issue in South London?

Contaminated land has been previously used for industrial or commercial use and must be remediated (cleaned up) before being reused. Many new property developments and regeneration projects in South London are being done on brownfield sites, which have an industrial past. Each borough must by law keep a register of all contaminated land that has been identified. Ask your South London conveyancing solicitor to commission an environmental search that will reveal if contaminated land is an issue for your property purchase.


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

Our advice to anyone buying a property at auction is to instruct a South London solicitor first. The deadline for completing an auction conveyancing transaction is usually only 28 days. But formally instructing a solicitor beforehand lets them examine the lot's legal pack to get the transaction underway quickly. Our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property will give you all the information you need. Homeward Legal has partnered with expert property law firms who have completed many auction conveyancing transactions, including 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 Shard, which sits astride the railway line at London Bridge, is London's talent skyscraper at 306m (1,019ft) tall. On a clear day, visitors to its viewing platform can see for up to 40 miles.

Covering the largest geographic area of any of the inner London boroughs, Lambeth is also one of the most densely populated and has one of the youngest populations in the capital.

Lewisham is home to an ancient stone circle that is, in fact, only two decades old. Hilly Fields stone circle is an art project that marked the millennium and consists of 12 standing stones that are around 400 million years old and two taller casting-shadow stones that are around 350 million years old.

The oldest public railway in England is in Wandsworth. The Surrey Iron Railway opened in 1803 and ran from Wandsworth to Croydon and Merstham.

Whatever service you need for conveyancing in South London - buying or selling, remortgaging or transferring equity - Homeward Legal is here to make the process simple and cost-effective. 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 every Saturday and Sunday.


Areas within this district of London include:

Addiscombe, Beddington, Beddington-South, Belmont, Brixton, Carshalton, Carshalton-Beeches, Cheam, Childs-Hill, Clapham, Coney-Hall, Coulsdon, Denmark-Hill, East-Croydon, Forestdale, Kennington, Lambeth, Mitcham-Junction, Netherne, New-Addington, Norbury, Norwood, Old-Coulsdon, Oval, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, South-Croydon, South-Lambeth, South-Norwood, South-Sutton, Streatham, Streatham-Hill, Streatham-Vale, Sutton, Tulse-Hill, Upper-Norwood, Vauxhall, Waddon, West-Dulwich, West-Norwood, Woodcote-Green