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Conveyancing in Southwark Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/04/17

Southwark attractions

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

Commuters are well catered for with Southwark situated with good road access close at approximately 2 miles of the A40M.

Charing Cross station is about 1 mile from Southwark and the closest airport to Southwark 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 most convenient hospital for Southwark is Royal London Homeopathic.

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On the purchase of a £796,000 house, what will be the fees? We are looking for affordable conveyancing.

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many sellers and buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many law firms advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional charges may increase the final invoice. Feeswhich are listed in the terms needs to be reasonable.

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Should I get a chancel search if we are buying in Southwark?

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As a result of chancel repair liability, the owners of property in Southwark which was once owned by a 'lay impropriators' can be liable for repairs to nearby church property. After the passing of an Act in 2002, interest over any affected land in Southwark must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Southwark ecclesiastical properties include Cathedral, Christ Church, St Alphege and St George the Martyr.

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How much will the cost of searches be?

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The cost of conveyancing searches significantly varies, depending on the searches chosen. The most generally useful searches include an environmental search and a drainage search.

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For a fast conveyancing transaction on the purchase of a £137,000 property, what do we need to do?

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Many buyers will, correctly, argue that finding a experienced lawyer is crucial to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are several tasks you can also do to accelerate the process, such as, contacting your lawyer regularly, completing all forms as soon as possible and organising your finances.

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May my legal charges incorporate any hidden costs?

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No. Homeward Legal's solicitors never charge any additional fees to carry out standard conveyancing. Some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, which they will not be bound to.

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What amount of time does I plan for conveyancing need, on average?

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The amount of time taken to transfer a property is not wholly predictable, dependent on a range of factors including whether there is a mortgage. Our solicitors work hard to ensure your sale or purchase is handled quickly, and to the highest standard of service.

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Is a Homebuyer Report a good idea when we are purchasing a property, irrespective of its condition?

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It is heavily suggested that Southwark property purchasers order a house survey when you intend to buy in Southwark. Many defects will impact a property, for example poor ventilation, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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Which of the Southwark lender panels are you on?

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Most lenders in Southwark are on our panels. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include S P F Private Clience Ltd, 25 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7EE, Qi Estates, 52-58 Tabernacle St, London, EC2A 4NJ, and Cameron Charles & Associates Ltd, Three Tuns House/109 Borough High St, London, SE1 1NL.

 
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