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Conveyancing in Tufnell Park Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

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.


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


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


The house in Tufnell Park being purchased is on a ex-industrial site. Is the soil possibly contaminated by waste minerals like beryllium (Be)?


Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Tufnell Park, but if significant harm could be caused to people or protected species by the contamination, it is likely to be labelled contaminated land. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like silage.


Are there many conservation areas in the area?


Conservation areas conserve neighbourhoods of historic or architectural significance. You may wish to contact the local council for more detail, but your conveyancing lawyer will address this during the conveyancing process.


Is it dangerous to hold off paying out for stamp duty?

Homeward Legal strongly advise against any stamp duty reduction scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.


I am buying in Tufnell Park, and have had a conveyancing quote from you. Might there be any additional fees?


No. Homeward Legal's solicitors will not charge any extra, hidden fees. Some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice.


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


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.


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


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


Which issues assist with arranging a fast exchange and completion?


Essential to a fast transaction is to employing a proactive conveyancing solicitor. There are numerous things you, as the buyer, could do, such as, responding to your conveyancing solicitor by phone, fax or email wherever possible, pushing the conveyancing solicitor to begin enquiries as soon as possible and if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can.