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Conveyancing in Uxbridge Q & A's

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Updated: 11/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Uxbridge -

By road: Uxbridge is served by the M25, M40, A40 and A412. By rail: The nearest train station is Uxbridge (London Underground: Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines terminus). By air: Since Uxbridge is in Greater London, there are many airports that are accessible from the town: Northolt Jet Centre (5 miles), London Heathrow Airport (6), Elstree Aerodrome (13), Wycombe Air Park (17), London Heliport (19), London Luton Airport (31), TAG London Farnborough Airport and Blackbushe Airport (both 32 miles away), London City Airport (36), Redhill Aerodrome (42), and London Gatwick Airport (47).

Hospital: Hillingdon, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, UB8 3NN. Council: London Borough of Hillingdon (www.hillingdon.gov.uk).

Attractions: Other than Uxbridge’s proximity to London: Battle of Britain Bunker, Celandine Route, Hillingdon Trail, and Fassnidge Park.

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Does Homeward Legal specialise in auction-conveyancing for properties in Uxbridge?

Yes. Homeward Legal has a lot of experience of working with sellers at auction. The process of conveying houses (such as tenanted properties) at auction is more complicated than a standard transaction. Auction properties tend to need additional fact-finding by the conveyancing lawyer. We therefore advise bidders to instruct a good lawyer in advance of the auction, so there is time for a detailed report of the legal papers for the lot. After the property auction date, the lawyer will need to be geared up to complete the conveyancing process in 28 days, which is a normal requirement of auctions. Why not give our auction experts a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your plans and to receive your fixed-fee quote reinforced by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee?

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How can we find out if a building in Uxbridge is in a conservation area?

Conservation areas are designated as being of historical or architectural value by the local authorities and they will have been registered as such. Conservation areas in Uxbridge include The Greenway, Cowley Lock, and Cowley Church. You may wish to contact the local council for more information, but your lawyer will investigate this in detail during the conveyancing process.

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How is contaminated land in Uxbridge checked during the house-buying process?

Residential property in Uxbridge may have been contaminated by a broad range of naturally-occurring factors, like brine works, or by historical use of the land for industry or agriculture. An environmental search will be ordered by your solicitor, which will offer more detail on the level of contaminants in the location of your house. The authorised landfill site at Woodlands Park, Iver Lane, Middlesex, UB8 2JQ is a potential source of contamination in Uxbridge.

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How much is the council tax on a terraced, Band H property in Uxbridge?

You will be given information about your new house's council tax band and the associated charge in the conveyancing report on title prepared by your solicitor. The up-to-date rates for properties in Uxbridge are published on the London Borough of Hillingdon council website (see the top of these FAQs for a link to click). The rates for the 2017/2018 tax year, based on more than one adult at the property, are:

  • Band A - £928.63
  • Band B - £1,083.40
  • Band C - £1,238.18
  • Band D - £1,392.95
  • Band E - £1,702.50
  • Band F - £2,012.04
  • Band G - £2,321.58
  • Band H - £2,785.90

Retrieved on 21 March 2017

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Should I get a home-surveyor to examine our Uxbridge property purchase?

It is highly recommended by Homeward Legal that buyers book a house-survey. There are many issues that can negatively affect a property, which are not included in your mortgage-lender's valuation or the conveyancing report, including severe weathering, subsidence or evidence of insect infestation.

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We want to find especially fast Uxbridge solicitors: is that you?

Shockingly, a lot of conveyancers are far too easy-going, which usually adds a lot of pressure to the already protracted process of moving home. At Homeward Legal, we always work with lawyers, who always attempt to regularly communicate up and down the property chain to remove any obstacles and issues. Also Homeward Legal’s conveyancing solicitors are specifically chosen because they use cutting-edge conveyancing case management technology to drive through your move in the minimum time. Try our quote calculator, or, if you want to talk to someone, call us on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote.

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How much will conveyancing searches cost on my Uxbridge flat?

The cost of searches ranges in price, dependent on what is ordered, and the depth to which the searches go. Something to consider, too, is if you are supplementing your finances with a mortgage, your lender may request some additional searches to satisfy their lending terms. Searches are paid to a third party, and will be charged to you at cost. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors will keep you regularly informed when additional searches are requested (e.g. if the risk of flooding is deemed high enough for a more detailed search).

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I am purchasing with Basinghall Finance, but what do I need to consider before committing to their terms?

House-buyers should know that some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating greater legal costs for you if you need a mortgage. Homeward Legal can act for all large mortgage-lenders and -brokers, thus eliminating the prospect of an inflated legal bill. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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Is it important that I get a chancel search when my partner and I are buying a Uxbridge residence close by a church furlong?

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In Uxbridge, some owners can be required to contribute towards the cost of upkeep of nearby church land. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Uxbridge church properties where chancel liability may apply include St Andrew's Church and St Margaret's Church.

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Which local authority looks after Uxbridge?

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Uxbridge is located in London Borough of Hillingdon Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1UW phone: 01895 250111

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Is soil in Uxbridge contaminated by barium (Ba)?

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Though the dangers are usually minor, where substances causing significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater are found the land will be defined as 'contaminated'. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as silage, will be included in an environmental search.

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Of main Uxbridge mortgage lenders, who have joined your panel?

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Most lenders in Uxbridge are on our solicitors' panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Uxbridge include Mortgage T C O, 17 Oxford Av, Hayes, UB3 5HX, Home A Loan Mortgage Consultants Ltd, 25 Stowe Cr, Ruislip, HA4 7SR, and Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau, 279 High St, Uxbridge, UB8 1LQ.

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Flood risk searches may be conveyancing protocol but considering climate change such as the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall are they actually good enough to find out sufficient information about the ever changing Uxbridge future flood risk?

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A thorough Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor will suggest that you apply for flood searches (Landmark database search) if the environmental conveyancing searches determine a local Uxbridge flood risk.

For more peace of mind you can always converse with a next door neighbour or regional Hillingdon flood damage expert for example: Alpha Restoration, 5/Lambourne Court/St. Johns Cl, Uxbridge, UB8 2UL Tel: 01895 813911.

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We are intending to buy a chapel in Ellesborough. Do we need a chancel search?

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A conveyancing lawyer might recommend that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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Please explain why sale conveyancing requires weeks?

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The conveyancing process could be lengthy even where there is no chain. Some causes are out of the conveyancing solicitor's hands. Homeward Legal seek to diminish the burden of these delays by pushing all parties involved.