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Conveyancing in West Smithfield Q & A's

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Updated: 28/04/17

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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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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Is soil in West Smithfield contaminated by uranium?

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Considerable measures are taken throughout the local area to identify topsoil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include industrial storage and groundwater contaminants like detergents.

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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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How many lenders in West Smithfield do you work with?

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The Homeward Legal group have solicitors with experience working alongside most lenders approved by the CML. A number of mortgage specialists operate in West Smithfield, such as John Charcol Ltd, Cutlers Exchange/123 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7BU, Axiom, New Broad Street House/35 New Broad St, London, EC2M 1NH, and Charterhouse London Mortgages, Skinner St, London, EC1R 0HR.

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Should I be concerned about gazumping?

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Gazumping arises when a seller agrees to the 1st buyer's offer, only to reject it, opting for a higher offer. The danger of gazumping is present in any transaction. Instructing a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer should help to mitigate this risk.

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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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What factors can contaminate land in West Smithfield, and are they comprehensively investigated?

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Property in West Smithfield could be contaminated by numerous natural and human-influenced issues. Contaminants including proximity to waste sites will be reported on in environmental search results.

 
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