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Conveyancing in Westminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

Westminster's nearest train station is Charing Cross and Westminster's nearest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away.

Motorists are well catered for with Westminster ideally situated with good major road access under 2m of the A40M.

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Westminster area info

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and London The National Gallery Art Gallery are close to Westminster.

The nearest hospital to Westminster is St Thomas Lambeth.

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What do you charge for the legal fees on a £782k property? We need to find a fixed rate conveyancing quote in Westminster.

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Various solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees are often hiding in small print which unwary buyers fail to check. Any extra fees needs to be fair and clearly defined. They only be applied if your conveyancer is required to complete extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Which environmental factors can impact land in Westminster. Are they an issue?

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A range of contaminants can affect land, like nearby waste management facilities. An environmental search will offer more detail.

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What causes the purchase conveyancing process to require so much time and effort?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a home can suffer setbacks. We endeavour to minimise their impact whenever it is possible by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible.

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We are intending to buy a sixties maisonette within a conservation area in Westminster, where does one find details on the state of repair?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled details of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas as well as the risk of standards slipping.

Local conservation areas are created by the local authority (Westminster) who police everything from what can be developed to the halting of neon signs.

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Is Homeward Legal experienced enough to 1 month completions on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Westminster?

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Our residential property lawyers do frequently do the legal conveyancing buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team solicitors and conveyancers have worked for many vendors at national and local residential property auctions, for example Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Quite often hard to value homes for example barn conversions, are sold at property auctions which tend to necessitate more fact-finding. Homeward Legal therefore strongly advocate purchasers to decide on a conveyancing company well before the property auction for a title report of the auction legal papers.

Following the day of bidding you are the conveyancing solicitor will be focused on finish the legal work within 28 days as required by the standard auction conditions.

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Might fees for the conveyancing hide any hidden fees?

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Homeward Legal never charge any extra, hidden charges to transfer a property.

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Is a purchase repossession fee a fee or a disbursement?

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Disbursements and fees should be clearly stated on your quote. This cost is a fee not a disbursement, and should be included in your conveyancing quote.

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We are worried about the council tax rates on a Sixties end of terrace dwelling in Westminster, how much are they?

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Usually a title report will give detail the appropriate Westminster council tax band. The latest tax charges for residents of Westminster are published on the Westminster local authority website. At the time of authoring (19 December 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £456.00
  • Band B - £533.00
  • Band C - £609.00
  • Band D - £685.00
  • Band E - £837.00
  • Band F - £989.00
  • Band G - £1,141.00
  • Band H - £1,369.00