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Conveyancing in Victoria Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 30/04/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

Victoria property solicitors get formal property conveyancing searches when they are acting for a home purchase client, which particular searches?

A.

If applying for a mortgage the building society of bank will expect at least the following for properties in Victoria: Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search and occasionally area-specific searches, like a Subsidence report.

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste like tungsten?

A.

Victoria agriculture or industry can cause top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including fertilisers and groundwater contaminants like industrial chemicals.

Q.

Is contaminated land in Victoria a concern for many properties?

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

When do I need to instruct a conveyancer?

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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

Q.

What type of local environmental checks into the risk and history of local flooding in Westminster will the solicitor in Victoria actually conduct?

A.

A solicitor makes an application for standard formal property environmental searches that should include Victoria historical flood risk information. At the time of writing (18-Dec-12) there were no warnings around the Humber Estuary from Lords Clough to Hessle Haven at the River Thames riverside from the Thames Barrier to Putney Bridge

 
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