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Conveyancing in West Smithfield Q & A's

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Updated: 22/07/17

Commuters are well served with West Smithfield having excellent major road access about 3m of the A40M.

West Smithfield's closest station is London City Thameslink. London City Airport is 7 miles from West Smithfield. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 16 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

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Noted West Smithfield interest

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Brixton London Windmill, Holborn Lincolns Inn Great Hall Historic Building and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are around West Smithfield.

The nearest hospital is St Bartholomews London.

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How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a £667,000 home?

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Many buyers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many conveyancers offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be defined on the conveyancing quote. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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My wife and I am planning to sell our jointly owned apartment in a hurry at a City Of London property auction at the end of the month, does your firm work with any fast property lawyers in West Smithfield ?

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To be perfectly candid some property conveyancing lawyers can be far too slow creating a lot of pressure to the often painful process of selling a home.

Our property lawyers method is different - we use speed focused practice management systems . Crucially we give you a firm qualified to communicate through the whole of the property chain (line of buyers and sellers) .

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We are buying a church rectory in Ealing. Will a chancel search be needed?

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Regardless of the West Smithfield parish in which you are purchasing, the West Smithfield conveyancing solicitor might recommend that a chancel search is taken out. In older areas of West Smithfield, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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I am concerned about council tax amounts on a Fifties converted building in West Smithfield, how much are they?

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Typically the title report will give the appropriate City of London council tax band.

Council tax rates for homes in West Smithfield are listed at the City of London council website. On (14 July 2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £624.00
  • Band B - £728.00
  • Band C - £832.00
  • Band D - £936.00
  • Band E - £1,144.00
  • Band F - £1,352.00
  • Band G - £1,560.00
  • Band H - £1,872.00

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What would the searches in West Smithfield cost?

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The cost of conveyancing searches can vary noticeably. They are paid to a third party, and are charged at cost.

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Do you recommend that I get a chancel search? We are buying a West Smithfield property close to a church.

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In West Smithfield, some owners can be required to subsidise maintenance of a medieval church. Some names or words such as 'abbeylands' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply.

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For our mortgage lender, we have chosen ITL Mortgages, what will we need to know?

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Some lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. Homeward Legal will act for many lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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Is there something I can do to avoid paying SDLT?

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Stamp duty mitigation must be treated with caution. Such schemes are often uneconomical and very risky.

 
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