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Conveyancing in Wandsworth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Local Wandsworth attractions

Carlyle's House National Trust , Wandsworth London Windmill, 7 Hammersmith Terrace Historic Houses Association and Science Museum Kensington Aviation Museum are near to Wandsworth.

Wandsworth's nearest train station is Putney. Wandsworth's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 11 miles s, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 2 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 13 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 15 miles, White Waltham Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

The most convenient hospital to Wandsworth is Royal For Neuro-Disability Putney.

Q.

How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Wandsworth for a £418,000 property?

A.

Many property lawyers promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. However additional fees may be added into the terms. Costs found in the terms should be fair and reasonable and be applicable if your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

As a consequence of the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began I am wondering if flood searches won't be sufficient?

A.

Conveyancing searches handled by a solicitor in Wandsworth will include the more thorough search (Landmark) if required.

If you remain nervous you could approach a local resident.

Q.

We are buying a period investment flat in one of the conservation areas, how do I find details about the standard of upkeep of the conservation area?

A.

English Heritage, a government body, now maintain a list on the state of conservation areas in Wandsworth and across England as well as the vulnerability to deterioration. Conservation areas are specified by the local authority (Wandsworth) who manage everything from paths to the halting of poorly maintained public spaces.

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Which local authority looks after Wandsworth?

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Wandsworth is located in London Borough of Wandsworth Council, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU, Call: 020 8871 6004

Q.

What issues assist with ensuring a fast conveyancing process?

A.

Instructing a experienced solicitor is the key to a fast completion. Furthermore, there are a range of tasks you, as the buyer, can do to speed up the process, including, asking for property searches to be ordered immediately, quickly answering your solicitor's questions (by email if possible) and confirming your mortgage offer.

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We are anxious about the council tax charges on a Thirties terraced property in Wandsworth, how much are they?

A.

Typically the conveyancer's title report will cover the relevant Wandsworth council tax band.

The latest tax charges for homes in Wandsworth are listed online at the Wandsworth local authority site. Currently (07 November 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £532.00
  • Band C - £608.00
  • Band D - £684.00
  • Band E - £836.00
  • Band F - £988.00
  • Band G - £1,140.00
  • Band H - £1,367.00

Q.

Bookshops and the web both have an increasing number helpful books on the subject of by passing the solicitor. Do I therefore have to use Wandsworth conveyancer ?

A.

If you are so inclined do so, you can conceivably do the bulk of the legal and technical work without the help of a proficient Wandsworth property solicitor. All solicitors would suggest that this would be a dangerous approach as amateur lawyers take huge risks in operating without relevant indemnity cover that every solicitors practices are legally obligated to get.

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If I am intending to buy near Wandsworth, in the parish of Westminster St Margaret, do we need a chancel search?

A.

A solicitor could recommend a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have determined to charge chancel repairs on the owners of affected property, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not automatically be the case for future owners. For property in the parish of Westminster St Margaret, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

 
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