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Conveyancing in South West London Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/04/17

Drivers are well served with South West London enjoying very good road access about 2m of the A40M.

The nearest airport to South West London is London City Airport. 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. The closest station to South West London is Charing Cross, around 1 mile away.

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Noted South West London interest

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

The most convenient hospital to South West London is Royal London Homeopathic.

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I need a lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing in South West London. What are the risks?

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The confusion over this matter affects many buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many conveyancers purport to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy buyers Any disbursements to be paid ought to be defined on the conveyancing quote Fees included in terms and conditions should be reasonable and come into force only if your lawyer is required to complete extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Which South West London mortgage lenders do you work with?

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Of lenders with branches in or near South West London, Homeward Legal work in conjunction with most. South West London lenders and mortgage specialists include Executive Mortgages & Investments Ltd, 1st Floor/6 Park Rd, Teddington, TW11 0AA, Lords Private Finance, 56-58 Wood St, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1UW, and Chameleon Independent Mortgages, 58 Wood St, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1UW.

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Will a property report compiled by the South West London conveyancing solicitor report on the rates of council tax for a property prior to contracts are exchanged?

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Your property solicitor will speak to the local authority to find out the relevant council tax rates, which will then be written in the conveyancing report on title. Up-to-date rates for residents of South West London are listed at the local authority website.

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We plan to complete on around 19th August. What should be determined for Stamp Duty Land Tax rates?

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The Stamp Duty that is payable will depend on the value of the property. On a £785000 property, stamp duty will be £31400.

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When in the conveyancing process do I need to speak to a solicitor?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the sooner you instruct a firm, the better. Instructing a firm to handle your South West London conveyancing early for a sale means that prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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There are abundant on and offline articles all about doing the legal work yourself. That being the case, do I need to use a property solicitor in South West London ?

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Theoretically there are no arguments why a seller shouldn't undertake the conveyancing on your own. The truth is however that a South West London lawyer juggles a huge number of jobs including chasing replies to requisitions or representing the mortgage lender many of which require training. In addition legal practices will be covered by sufficient insurance in order to protect you in the event of carelessness.

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What can charges for searches be?

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South West London searches ranges in cost, subject to which searches have been ordered. Searches are paid to a third party, and are not included in a solicitor's fees.

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Are costs for obtaining landlord's consent to alterations fees or disbursements?

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Comparing quotes is not always straightforward, considering wide variations in formatting and terminology. These costs are fees not disbursements. Consent can be difficult to arrange, but the fee may be included in your conveyancing quote.

 
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