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Conveyancing in Streatham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

The closest station to Streatham is Streatham. Streatham's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 14 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 15 miles, Elstree Airport is 18 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 10 miles away.

Springfield University Tooting Bec is the closest hospital to Streatham.

Q.

How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a £587,000 home?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many solicitors claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs will be included in the small print. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Our estate agent has offered a law firm. Will it be more cost-effective to instruct this firm?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will often endorse a conveyancing firm. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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I am enquiring about the council tax charges on a Fifties terraced house in Streatham, what are they?

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Typically a conveyancer's title report should cover the appropriate Lambeth council tax band. Correct rates for residents of Streatham are detailed at the Lambeth council site. At the time of writing (16/07/2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £821.00
  • Band B - £958.00
  • Band C - £1,095.00
  • Band D - £1,232.00
  • Band E - £1,506.00
  • Band F - £1,780.00
  • Band G - £2,053.00
  • Band H - £2,464.00

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What are our options if purchasing a flat in a Lambeth planning authority designated conservation area ?

A.

Part of the conveyancing process includes ordering of LLC1 searches of Lambeth planning authority to confirm conservation area status and the existence of consent for developments. .

Q.

Bookshops have collections of books about doing your own legal work for example Which? Guide to Doing Your Own Conveyancing. Do we necessarily have to use property lawyer in Streatham ?

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There is no argument why a home buyer cannot embark on the legal and technical work without the help of Streatham lawyer. The truth is however that a conveyancing solicitor carries out a large array of assignments e.g. liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries or interpreting the lease many of which really need a qualified professional.

Essentially amateur lawyers will not have applicable cover which practicing firms and their solicitors need to take out.

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Where can I learn additional data on the upkeep of the conservation areas in Streatham and Streatham?

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English Heritage, a government body, have put together records of the condition of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability to a decline in standards. Local Streatham conservation area matters, for instance whether trees can be cut down, the colours of paint used or poorly maintained public spaces are handled by the local Lambeth planning authority.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, how can we organise fast conveyancing?

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As is often reported, moving faster is key to instruct a experienced solicitor. When choosing a solicitor, consider these points: Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote? Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed. Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

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Would getting a home buyers survey be a good idea when we are purchasing residential property in Streatham?

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We firmly recommend that purchasers book a house surveyor. It is a fact that there are a range of defects that affect a property, that will not be addressed during the conveyancing process. These include roof spread.

 
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