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Conveyancing in West Hampstead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

West Hampstead attractions and landmarks

Fenton House National Trust Kenwood House English Heritage and Kentish Town St Luke Churches Conservation Trust are close to West Hampstead.

Drivers are well served with West Hampstead having very good motorway access nearby at approximately 2 miles of the A40M.

Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 9 miles from West Hampstead. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, Luton Airport is 25 miles, London City Airport is 11 miles s, London Heliport Airport is 6 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 10 miles, White Waltham Airport is 25 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 18 miles away. West Hampstead's closest train station is West Hampstead.

The neighbouring hospital for West Hampstead is Royal Free Hampstead.

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I am trying to find a property solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing. What is included?

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Both high-street and online law firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy home owners Extra charges listed in terms and conditions ought to be fair and come into force only if the lawyer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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How much is the council tax on a Fifties converted property in West Hampstead?

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Usually the conveyancer's title report should include the relevant Camden council tax band. Correct rates for West Hampstead are set out in detail on the Camden council site. Currently (08/11/2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £886.00
  • Band B - £1,033.00
  • Band C - £1,181.00
  • Band D - £1,328.00
  • Band E - £1,624.00
  • Band F - £1,919.00
  • Band G - £2,214.00
  • Band H - £2,657.00

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Should you get a chancel search when my partner and I are buying in West Hampstead?

Property owners neighbouring specific local church buildings must cover the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Several sources are used to determine liability in West Hampstead, including tithe documents. Churches in the local area where a chancel search may be necessary include Emmanuel Church, St Cuthbert, St James and St Luke's.

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What additional enquiries in connection with the risk of possible flooding in the Camden region will a West Hampstead property lawyer check out?

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An important step in the conveyancing process involves the solicitor applying for conveyancing searches that provide some details regarding West Hampstead flooding.

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I am buying a barn conversion in the parish of Hoxton St John. Will a chancel search be needed?

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A conveyancing lawyer might recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the property being purchased is found. In West Hampstead's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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If I buy a book about DIY conveyancing when buying a home - Is it a false economy to take care of legal conveyancing process on our own?

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Theoretically speaking there is absolutely no reason why you should not do the conveyancing yourself. The truth is however that a solicitor in West Hampstead juggles a huge number of skilled tasks such as chasing outstanding papers and the Land Registry formalities which need training. Despite that legal practices must take out indemnity cover in order to protect you from any oversights made by the lawyer.

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Is there a government body any thorough online data the status of conservation areas in West Hampstead?

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English Heritage, a government body, keep details on the condition of conservation areas along with the vulnerability to getting worse. Conservation area matters including public spaces or ugly parking meters etc. are police by Camden.

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What causes conveyancing legal work to have so many delays?

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Conveyancing may be exposed to significant delays even where there is no chain. Some delays are beyond the solicitor's influence. Homeward Legal aim to diminish the effect of these delays where it is possible to do so by driving the transaction forward.