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Conveyancing in Waltham Forest Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/17

Waltham Forest attractions and landmarks

Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are easily accessible from Waltham Forest.

Commuters are well catered for with Waltham Forest enjoying very good road access about a couple of miles of the A40M.

London City Airport is 7 miles from Waltham Forest. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away and Waltham Forest's nearest station is Charing Cross at 1 mile s.

The nearest hospital to Waltham Forest is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do we get fixed rate conveyancing in Waltham Forest?

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The confusion over this issue catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms advertise so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. These terms are often ignored by excited sellers and buyers, eager to get underway. Costs ought to be reasonable and only apply in cases where the conveyancer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Your conveyancing quote should also state any disbursements to be paid.

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Do you advise looking into how to hold off paying for SDLT rates?

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Stamp duty mitigation must be treated with caution. These schemes are often uneconomical and can be very unlikely to succeed. There have been a number of official schemes, however, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. Your solicitor will advise as to your eligibility.

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We are buying a property where the seller has added inappropriate windows on the property in Waltham Forest which I think might break nearby conservation area criteria

A solicitor will make enquiries to check if the property is within a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the appropriate permission from the Waltham Forest planning authority. In the event that no necessary permissions be supplied, your solicitor will inform you of all options which can include obtaining an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective permission from the planning authority.

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Which of the mortgage lender panels in Waltham Forest are you on?

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Most lenders in Waltham Forest are on our Waltham Forest solicitors' panel. Waltham Forest lenders and mortgage specialists include Instant Mortgages Ltd, 376 High Rd, Woodford Green, IG8 0XQ, Mortgage Choice Direct Services, 41 High Rd, London, E18 2QP, and Fig Tree Finance, Basement Floor/11 High Rd, London, N15 6LT.

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Are the many designated conservation areas in Waltham Forest likely to affect us?

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These areas categorise areas of historical or architectural value. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Waltham Forest.

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Will the fees for our conveyancing take into account any hidden costs?

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Homeward Legal's solicitors do not charge any additional charges under any circumstances. Know that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice.

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I have read about the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years recorded were in last 10-12 years, I am wondering whether flood searches aren't thorough enough?

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Environmental searches applied for by your property solicitor in Waltham Forest should include a far more specialist flood search if required.

If you are nervous you might consider contacting a next door neighbour.

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What sort of additional enquiries into the risk of floods in North East London will my Waltham Forest lawyer report on?

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A vital component in the conveyancing protocol of buying a property involves a conveyancing solicitor carrying out environmental searches that go into details about the local Waltham Forest flood risk. As an additional measure means that the Waltham Forest property lawyer may suggest an inexpensive additional detailed flood search.

 
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