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Conveyancing in Westminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/04/17

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

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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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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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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For a residence valued at £914000. How is stamp duty calculated?

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The SDLT due will depend on the house's value. For a home estimated at £914000, stamp duty is £36560.

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Will you need a chancel search? We are buying a property in Westminster.

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Property owners neighbouring church property in the locality may be required to pay for repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Westminster properties is likely to exist. Westminster churches include Abbey, St James's, Piccadilly, St Margaret and St Mary le Strand.

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Has strontium ever contaminated land in Westminster?

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Legislation exists to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as household chemicals and food-processing waste, will be included in an environmental search.

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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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