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Conveyancing in Tooting Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/17

Tooting station is almost 1 mile from Tooting. Tooting's closest airport is London City Airport (11 miles s). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 11 miles away.

St Georges London is a nearby hospital for Tooting.

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I need the cheapest conveyancing solicitors. What do we need to consider?

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Many firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Any fees should be clearly defined. A quote should state costs to be paid to third parties, like the local authority, (disbursments).We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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When in the conveyancing process is it wise to speak to a conveyancing solicitor in Tooting?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, instructing as early as possible is better, as conveyancing involves a number of tasks which may begin very early in the process. Instructing your solicitor earlier for a purchase means that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process.

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I am concerned about the council tax rates on a residential semi-detached dwelling in Tooting, what are they?

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As a rule a title report will provide the Wandsworth council tax band. Up-to-date rates for Tooting are set out in detail on the Wandsworth council website. On (09 June 2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £456.00
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  • Band B - £532.00
  • Band C - £608.00
  • Band D - £684.00
  • Band E - £836.00
  • Band F - £988.00
  • Band G - £1,140.00
  • Band H - £1,367.00

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We need a fast solicitor in Tooting - is that your company?

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Generally property conveyancing lawyers are slow moving creating a lot of pressure to the home legal process.

Our home moving lawyers method is different - we use state of the art CMS systems . We allocate vendors carefully selected property lawyer prepared to exert pressure with the entire buyer and seller chain including freeholders, to reach a fast exchange of contracts.

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What investigation in respect to the risk of flooding in the Wandsworth area will my Tooting property solicitor check out?

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An essential part of the legal due diligence process involves the conveyancing lawyer conducting environmental searches that go in detail with respect to Tooting flood risk area. Depending on the results, your conveyancing solicitor in Tooting could possibly propose an inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more detailed flood risk search. At the time of writing (16-Jul-12) there were no warnings around the River Graveney at Tooting and Colliers Wood at the River Wandle Catchment in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton

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Is the SDLT fee a disbursement or fee?

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Some conveyancers pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may be unclear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and whether it should be included. This charge is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a conveyancing quote.

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Is it expensive to defer paying out for stamp duty on property?

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Stamp duty reduction should be treated with extreme caution in Tooting, because these schemes are costly and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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What can we do if we invest in a terraced house in a Wandsworth local authority designated conservation area ?

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An integral part of the legal process includes procurement of searches of the Wandsworth authority to determine conservation area status and the appropriate formal approval for any alterations. Local Authority searches are not fees and are charged at cost to the buyer. If no local authority consents can be provided your Tooting conveyancing solicitor will inform you of the options which may include taking out an indemnity insurance policy or seeking retrospective permission from Wandsworth planning authority.

 
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