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Conveyancing in Tufnell Park Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/10/17

Motorists are well served with Tufnell Park enjoying good motorway access approximately 3 miles of the A40M.

Tufnell Park's nearest airport is London City Airport (9 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, Luton Airport is 25 miles, London Heliport Airport is 7 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 12 miles, Elstree Airport is 11 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away. Tufnell Park's closest train station is Kentish Town.

Whittington Highgate is a nearby hospital for Tufnell Park.

Q.

How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a £536,000 home?

A.

Both high-street and online solicitors purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing. However additional costs may pad the final invoice.

Q.

What local factors can contaminate land in Tufnell Park, and are they comprehensively investigated?

A.

Residential property will be contaminated by several natural causes and human activities, and factors including local waste transfer sites and radioactive substances in the region will be detailed in an appropriate search.

Q.

We plan to purchase a barn conversion in Bethnal Green. Do we need a chancel search?

A.

Whichever Tufnell Park parish you are buying in, a solicitor responsible for your move is likely to recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on the current owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

Q.

Hinckley and Rugby Building Society is going to be our lender - what will I need to check?

A.

Your mortgage lender will require legal work to be performed on their behalf. Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing

costs for home buyers. We can act on behalf of many mortgage lenders, ensuring that an additional property lawyer will not be required to act for your lender.

Q.

Would ordering a home buyers survey be advisable if we are buying a house or flat, regardless of its age?

A.

It is highly recommended that buyers arrange a property surveyor to undertake a survey if purchasing in Tufnell Park. It is a fact that there are many defects that have a negative impact on a property, for example poor drainage and cracks in walls, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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How much is the council tax on a residential converted house in Tufnell Park?

A.

Customarily the conveyancing report on title should contain the appropriate Islington council tax band.

Council tax rates for Tufnell Park are set out in detail on the Islington local authority website. Currently (06/12/2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £846.00
  • Band B - £987.00
  • Band C - £1,128.00
  • Band D - £1,269.00
  • Band E - £1,551.00
  • Band F - £1,832.00
  • Band G - £2,114.00
  • Band H - £2,537.00

Q.

Does homewardlegal.co.uk administer the conveyancing of auction properties in Tufnell Park?

A.

We are accustomed to working with residential property auction procedures. Usually hard to value auction lots e. g. development land, are bought in auctions which tend to demand extra exploration prior to exchange. We therefore advise that buyers at auction appoint their property lawyer well before the actual auction to allow time for a detailed review of the sellers documents.

Thereafter, following the auction day itself a lawyer needs to be ready for briskly get through the conveyancing process in under 28 days, a normal requirement of auction conditions.

Q.

Will the Tufnell Park property lawyer apply for any conveyancing searches on the London period semi-detached bungalow I want to buy?

A.

If purchasing and applying for a mortgage the mortgage lender mandates a solicitor to get particular searches, including the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, specific local searches e.g. a Chancel Search.