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Conveyancing in South London Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

South London attractions

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are in South London.

South London's closest train station is Charing Cross. The closest airport to South London 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 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

Drivers are well catered for with South London situated with good motorway access approximately a couple of miles of the A40M.

The closest hospital for South London is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do I get a cheap solicitor quote for purchasing a property?

A.

Many solicitors purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing, but additional fees will be included in the small print. Fees ought to be reasonable. They only apply in cases where the lawyer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The conveyancing quote should also state any disbursements to be paid.The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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How early is it wise to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in South London?

A.

Generally, the earlier in the process you can instruct a solicitor, the better. The legal work can then start straight away. Promptly instructing a solicitor for your South London transaction can reduce the likelihood of your sale or purchase falling though.

Q.

What length of time can conveyancing require, according to your estimates? We are selling in South London.

A.

On average, the length of time taken to transact property is not wholly predictable, with reference to numerous issues which may affect the property, for example, whether a mortgage lender requires particular searches.

Our lawyers work hard to ensure each client is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.

Q.

We are worried about council tax rates on a residential detached house in South London, what are they?

A.

Normally a title report should give detail the Wandsworth council tax band. Council tax rates for South London are tabled online at the Wandsworth council site. At the time of writing (23 October 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £532.00
  • Band C - £608.00
  • Band D - £684.00
  • Band E - £836.00
  • Band F - £988.00
  • Band G - £1,140.00
  • Band H - £1,367.00

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For a fast conveyancing transaction to buy a £163,000 property, what should we do?

A.

Primarily, contacting a proactive and experienced lawyer is key fast South London conveyancing. When identifying an appropriate a lawyer, ask yourself the following: Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote? Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication? Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

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Which of the lender panels in South London are you on?

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Most lenders in South London are on our South London solicitors' panel. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Lloyd & Co, 112C Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1AH, Stess Ltd, 295 Northborough Rd, London, SW16 4TR, and Kingsley Mortgages Ltd, Challenge House/616 Mitcham Rd, Croydon, CR0 3AA. The property lawyer handling your case can advise further.

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Is it advisable to get searches for chancel liability if you are buying in South London?

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The result of a landmark case in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. 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. A solicitor will be able to advise further.

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Is a survey a good idea if we are purchasing a property, irrespective of its condition?

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It is highly recommended that all purchasers arrange a building survey. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of issues that affect a property, that a lender's valuation survey, for example, will not cover, which include chimney defects and cavity wall tie failure.

 
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