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Conveyancing in St Johns Wood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

The closest airport to St Johns Wood is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 11 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away. The nearest station to St Johns Wood is London Marylebone, approximately a mile away.

Commuters are well catered for with St Johns Wood situated with very convenient motorway access inside 1m of the A40M.

The nearest hospital is Wellington London.

Q.

How do I find the best conveyancing rates for a £265k house?

A.

Confusion over this issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many firms purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing, however additional costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions which unwary homeowners fail to check. Any fees found in terms and conditions should be clearly defined. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

We are buying on a St Johns Wood brownfield land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

A.

Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout St Johns Wood, but contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Metal contamination of soil in St Johns Wood is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like groundwater contaminants like landfill leachate, will also be included in an environmental search.

Q.

Our agent has offered a law firm. Must we instruct them?

A.

If you choose a conveyancer referred through this route, you the agent can use their influence persuade a slow solicitor to work faster. These referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

We have had a quote from you. Might we be billed any hidden costs?

A.

Homeward Legal will never charge any additional charges for conveyancing in St Johns Wood. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes. The final bill you receive may be much more.

Q.

We are worried about council tax amounts on a Forties terraced property in St Johns Wood, what are they?

A.

Almost always the title report should give detail the appropriate Westminster council tax band.

The correct charges for residents of St Johns Wood are set out in detail on the Westminster council website. At the time of authoring, 24 October 2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £533.00
  • Band C - £609.00
  • Band D - £685.00
  • Band E - £837.00
  • Band F - £989.00
  • Band G - £1,141.00
  • Band H - £1,369.00

Q.

My husband and I are interested in purchasing in St Johns Wood. Can I check that the residence is in a designated conservation area?

A.

There are numerous conservation areas around St Johns Wood. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further and address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area, regarding specific conservation areas in St Johns Wood.

Q.

Would acquiring a home buyers survey be necessary when purchasing a property in St Johns Wood?

A.

It is highly recommended that all purchasers arrange a property survey. There are a range of problems that can negatively affect a property, which include rotten roof timbers. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

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Is there any comprehensive published record on the upkeep of the conservation areas in St Johns Wood?

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Conservation areas in St Johns Wood, such as what can be demolished or ugly shop fronts are handled by the local authority (Westminster).

English Heritage, a government body, have created details in relation to the state of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability to deterioration.

 
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