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Conveyancing in West London: A mover's guide

They are without doubt some of London's swankiest and most expensive areas. But high property prices or not, the West London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham have a much wider appeal.

Within easy access of central London and to the wider area around the capital, these boroughs are among the most coveted for anyone who wants to live in London.

Let's find out exactly when we answer your questions on conveyancing in West London.

What is involved in conveyancing in West London?

Conveyancing is the term law professionals use for the process of buying and selling property. This means all the paperwork and legal formalities needed for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity are part of conveyancing. When you instruct a West London conveyancing solicitor, they will request searches on the property for buyers, negotiate the price with the other party's solicitor, exchange contracts and transfer the funds to complete the transaction. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified and expert property law firms for all West London conveyancing. You can find out more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.


How do I get a quote for West London conveyancing?

Get an instant quote for West London conveyancing using our online quote builder. All we need are a few details about you and the property involved. You can also call our team on seven days a week or request a callback for a time more convenient for you.


How much does conveyancing in West London cost?

Each conveyancing transaction is unique, which means the final cost will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property. A West London conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax**, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 will explain some of the costs involved in West London conveyancing.

**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

What types of property are available in West London?

Naturally many of the properties in our two featured West London boroughs are the most upmarket around. Let's look a little more closely at Kensington, which boasts some of the finest Georgian townhouses in London and beautifully preserved and maintained Victorian architecture. Look for new developments of luxury apartments and homes alongside those red-brick mansion blocks so typical of this part of London.

As well as older, more established homes similar to its Kensington neighbour, Chelsea has seen major redevelopment in the last 30 years, particularly around Chelsea Harbour. Its famous King's Road is currently undergoing a £500million modernisation project with new homes on offer, too.

Fulham has lots of Victorian and Edwardian detached and semi-detached homes and terraces. Fulham has also benefited from luxury apartment developments around the riverside at Imperial Wharf. The other half of the borough in Hammersmith is rich in terraced properties and, like its neighbour, has seen a rise in the number of newbuilds.


How much does the average property cost in West London?

Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our West London boroughs:

Kensington and Chelsea: £1,376,965 (detached £3,838,949; semi £3,831,012; terraced £2,619,178; flats/maisonettes £1,187,192)

Hammersmith and Fulham: £702,961 (detached £1,198,437; semi £1,170,298; terraced £992,401; flats/maisonettes £606,182)


How much will I pay in council tax in West London?

Each borough is responsible for setting the council tax rates for the area. Residential property is placed into one of eight bands depending on its valuation. You can check which band your property is in on the government's valuation website.

To get an estimate of what you might pay, here is the most popular Band D council tax rate and a link to the borough website where all ratings and costs are listed:

Kensington and Chelsea: £847.32 (plus £57.44 for adult social care precept)

Hammersmith and Fulham: £1,124.49



How good are broadband speeds in West London?

All areas of London can access full-fibre broadbands, but it's noted that speeds vary across the boroughs. You can find out what speed you can expect to achieve in your new West London home by using your postcode and a broadband comparison site.


What are schools like in West London?

In Kensington and Chelsea, 21 schools are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The regulator has rated 21 schools in Hammersmith and Fulham as outstanding.

Use the government's school comparison website to check the rating of your chosen school.


Should we ask for a flood-risk search when buying in West London?

The main defence against flooding in London is the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. Both of our featured West London boroughs share an extensive border with the river, so it makes practical sense to consider potential flood risk when buying here. The Environment Agency's flood-risk website offers guidance on areas at risk of flooding. Your West London conveyancing solicitor can then ask for a flood-risk search during your conveyancing transaction.


Do I need a chancel repair liability search when buying property in West London?

Chancel repair liability dates back to the establishment of the Church of England. But while its origins are old, its potential for expense is very much up to date and could leave a homeowner out thousands of pounds for repairs to the local church's chancel or altar. You can find out more in our comprehensive guide on chancel repair liability. When buying in West London, a conveyancing solicitor can instruct a chancel repair liability search.


What conservation areas in West London should property buyers know of?

London's long history means that there are many parts of the capital with significant architectural or historic significance. These are preserved in conservation areas where strict planning rules apply to ensure the area is unchanged. In Kensington and Chelsea, almost three-quarters of the borough is protected by 38 separate conservation areas, including Earls Court Square and Brompton. Hammersmith and Fulham has 44 conservation areas, which include the Grand Union Canal and Hammersmith Town Hall. Each of these areas is governed by strict planning rules on what changes can be made. If you buy within a conservation area in West London, your conveyancing solicitor will ask for a local authority search to identify any potential issues around planning.


Is contaminated land an issue in West London?

Our featured boroughs have both seen major regeneration and redevelopment projects in recent years, much of that on brownfield - or former industrial - land. This can often be contaminated by previous use, such as factories and landfill, for example. Each borough council must by law keep a register of all identified contaminated land. When you're buying a home in either Kensington and Chelsea or Hammersmith and Fulham, an environmental search as part of West London conveyancing will reveal if contaminated land is an issue.


Should we instruct a conveyancing solicitor before buying at auction in West London?

We always advise anyone buying a property at auction to instruct a conveyancing solicitor first. This gives your West London conveyancing solicitor time to examine the lot's legal pack in time to meet the deadline for completing an auction conveyancing transaction, usually 28 days. Read more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property. Homeward Legal works with property law firms who have completed many auction conveyancing transactions, including from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.

Did you know?

Chelsea FC, in recent years London's most successful football club, is actually based in Fulham. The club's Stamford Bridge ground sits just inside the borough boundaries.

The Hammersmith Apollo opened in 1932 as a cinema. Built in art deco style, the venue has hosted some of the most famous names in rock, and it was the setting for David Bowie's last performance as Ziggy Stardust in 1973.

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Areas within this district of London include:

Acton, Barons-Court, Bedfont, Brentford, Brook-Green, Campden-Hill, Chelsea, Chiswick, Cowley, Ealing, Earls-Court, East-Acton, Eastcote, Elthorne-Heights, Feltham, Fulham, Greenford, Gunnersbury, Hammersmith, Hammersmith-And-Fulham, Hanwell, Harmondsworth, Heathrow, Hillingdon, Holland-Park, Hounslow, Ickenham, Isleworth, Kensington, Ladbroke-Grove, Lisson-Grove, Little-Venice, Longford, Maida-Hill, Maida-Vale, Moor-Park, North-Acton, North-Kensington, Northfields, Northolt, Northwood, Norwood-Green, Notting-Hill, Osterley-Park, Parsons-Green, Perivale, Pinnerwood-Park, Queens-Gate, Ravenscourt-Park, Ruislip, Ruislip-Common, Ruislip-Gardens, Ruislip-Manor, Shepherds-Bush, Sipson, South-Acton, South-Ealing, South-Kensington, South-Ruislip, Southall-Green, St-James, St-Johns-Wood, Stockley-Park, Turnham-Green, Uxbridge, Uxbridge-Common, Walham-Green, West-Acton, West-Drayton, West-Ealing, West-Kensington, West-Ruislip, White-City, Yiewsley