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Conveyancing in Westminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/07/17

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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Northern Rock will be our lender, what will we need to check?

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Recently, a number of lenders are now reducing their 'solicitor panel', resulting in increased legal costs for purchasers if their solicitor is unable to act both on their behalf, and for their lender. We can act for many mortgage lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we arrange fast conveyancing?

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Essential to fast conveyancing is to employing a experienced property lawyer. Beyond that, there are several things you as the purchaser could do to accelerate your conveyancing, including, contacting your property lawyer regularly, answering any queries raised by the property lawyer as soon as possible and confirming your mortgage offer.

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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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What type of checks concerning the risk and history of flooding at Central London will a conveyancing solicitor in Westminster do on a seventies building we intend to buy?

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A conveyancer applies for property environmental searches that will include Westminster area flood risk data.

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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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How do we stop gazumping?

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This describes when a house seller acknowledges an offer, then rejects it, choosing instead a better offer. The risk of getting gazumped is present in any transaction. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing an efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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I am buying a church rectory in the parish of St Anne Soho. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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The solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be ordered, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is located. In Westminster's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have previously chosen not to do so, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

 
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