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Conveyancing in Victoria Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Noted Victoria interest

Brixton London Windmill, Jewel Tower English Heritage and Apsley House English Heritage are near to Victoria.

Victoria's nearest train station is London Victoria. Victoria's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 14 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 12 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

Commuters are well catered for with Victoria situated with excellent road access within a couple of miles of the A40M.

The closest hospital for Victoria is Gordon Pimlico.

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I am looking for a fixed rate conveyancing quote in Victoria. What do we need to consider?

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This matter catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional charges can inflate the final invoice.

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I am enquiring about council tax charges on a Forties mid-terrace house in Victoria, what are they?

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Customarily a conveyancing report on title will cover the Westminster council tax band. The latest tax charges for Victoria are tabled at the Westminster local authority site. At the time of authoring on 07 December 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £533.00
  • Band C - £609.00
  • Band D - £685.00
  • Band E - £837.00
  • Band F - £989.00
  • Band G - £1,141.00
  • Band H - £1,369.00

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When do I need to instruct a conveyancer?

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If you choose a conveyancing solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks that can be carried out immediately. Instructing your solicitor earlier can reduce any chance of your transaction falling through.

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What are the pitfalls if purchasing a Victoria building in a Westminster planning authority conservation area ?

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An integral part of conveyancing involves making enquiries of the local authority to establish conservation area status and formal approval for any changes. Local Authority searches vary in cost but are charged as a disbursement. In the event that no appropriate consents be produced, your Victoria conveyancing solicitor will advise you of the options such as seeking an indemnity policy or seeking retrospective permission from Westminster council.

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May my conveyancing quote incorporate any additional costs?

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We do not charge any additional charges to carry out standard conveyancing. Be aware that some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

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Is contaminated land in Victoria a concern for many properties?

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Property in Victoria will be contaminated by several human activities, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a plot of land is affected by local contaminants including local waste transfer sites and local historic industrial processes.

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Property environmental searches are estimated from archived records but when one considers climate change for instance the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012 are they still appropriate to advise on sufficient information about the Victoria flood risk area?

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Your Victoria property solicitor will suggest that you include flood risk searches if the standard search determines a any kind of risk of flooding in Victoria.

For extra history why not contact a neighbour of the property.

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Is there anything I can do to get out of paying stamp duty in Victoria?

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SDLT is generally due on residential property sold for over £125,000. Homeward Legal do not recommend any form of stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are often uneconomical and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed and the total stamp duty amount may be due.