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Conveyancing in Southwark Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/10/17

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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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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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.

Q.

Our estate agent has suggested a property lawyer. Do I need to use them?

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Many estate agents will have referral deals with solicitors whereby they refer work. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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Should we be worried about fixtures and fittings?

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Chiefly, there is no absolute definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This can make the completion of a fixtures and fitting form necessary.

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Which local authority is responsible for Southwark?

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Southwark is located in London Borough of Southwark Council, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UB, contact: 020 7525 5001

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Is an administration fee a disbursement or fee?

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Disbursements and fees should be identified on the quote for your conveyancing, with no additional costs in the terms and conditions. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in the quote for your conveyancing.

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Will a home in Rotherhithe be suitable for disadvantaged area stamp duty relief?

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Disadvantaged areas in Southwark are identified by council ward, and recognised areas are Newington, Brunswick, The Lane, Abbey, Rotherhithe, Chaucer, Faraday, Cathedral, Barset, Bellenden, Bricklayers, Browning, Burgess, Consort, Friary, Liddle, St. Giles and Waverley. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.