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Conveyancing in West Dulwich Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

West Dulwich station is almost a mile from West Dulwich. West Dulwich's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 16 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 18 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 18 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 9 miles away.

Kings College Denmark Hill is the neighbouring hospital.

Q.

We are trying to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. How do we get a quote?

A.

Both high-street and online firms claim to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often additional costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. Additional charges included in your solicitor's terms should be fair. They come into force only if the conveyancer must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Do you work with lenders with West Dulwich offices?

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The Homeward Legal group can work with the bulk of lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in West Dulwich, like JPDurand, 4 Weekley Sq, London, SW11 2HJ, DGS Mortgage Solutions Ltd, 84 Balham High Rd, London, SW12 9AG, and UK Property Finance, Unit 82 Eurolink Business Centre/49 Effra Rd, London, SW2 1BZ.

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Our estate agent in Addiscombe has offered a solicitors firm. Do I need to use them?

A.

Estate agent referrals are a commonplace way for home buyers to find a solicitor. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

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What sort of investigation in respect to the risk and history of a flood in the Lambeth area will a West Dulwich conveyancing solicitor report on a Sixties property we are buying?

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A lawyer will carry out standard conveyancing searches, which include West Dulwich flood risk area data. Depending on the results, your West Dulwich property lawyer may possibly suggest a more involved flood risk search.

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How early do I need to find a solicitor to handle our purchase?

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Whether buying or selling, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better. The legal work can then commence straight away. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing solicitor to act for you on your West Dulwich transaction can limit the risk of the transaction aborting.

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Co-operative Bank will be our mortgage lender - what will we need to consider?

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Buyers in West Dulwich should be aware that some lenders have limited the firms who can act for them, potentially creating increased legal costs for home buyers. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for the vast majority of mortgage lenders.

Q.

We are worried about council tax amounts on a semi-detached home in West Dulwich, how much are they?

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More often than not a title report should give detail the relevant Southwark council tax band. Correct charges for properties in West Dulwich are published on the Southwark council website. As at (23/12/2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £813.00
  • Band B - £948.00
  • Band C - £1,083.00
  • Band D - £1,219.00
  • Band E - £1,490.00
  • Band F - £1,761.00
  • Band G - £2,031.00
  • Band H - £2,438.00

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Has rubidium (Rb) ever contaminated land in West Dulwich?

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West Dulwich industrial or agricultural can cause top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including water contaminants such as petrol and industrial storage.

 
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