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Conveyancing in Willesden Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/04/17

Local Willesden attractions

Kingsbury St Andrew’s Old Church Churches Conservation Trust and RAF Museum Hendon Aviation Museum are in the vicinity of Willesden.

Willesden's nearest station is Harlesden. The nearest airport to Willesden is Northolt Jet Centre Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 11 miles s, Luton Airport is 24 miles, London City Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 7 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 12 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 9 miles, White Waltham Airport is 23 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles and Booker Airport is 25 miles away.

Willesden is within 2m of the M1 Junction 1 Northbound.

Willesden is a nearby hospital for Willesden.


How do we get affordable conveyancing in Willesden?


Confusion over this matter catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors offer cheap conveyancing. However additional charges will be included in the terms. Your quote should, in addition, define third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.


In respect of the serious flooding in the UK in April 2012, I am concerned that conveyancing searches aren't thorough enough?


A diligent conveyancing solicitor in Willesden should always carry out property environmental searches if the first searches flag up any kind of risk.

For greater area background you can always get in touch with a local resident.


Should I get a chancel search if we are buying in Willesden?


Property owners neighbouring older church buildings must cover the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Some names or words such as 'abbey' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Willesden church properties which may give rise to chancel liability include St Andrew, St Francis of Assisi, St Mary and St Matthew.


How much is the council tax on a converted dwelling in Willesden?


Customarily a title report should give detail the relevant Brent council tax band. Council tax rates for Willesden are set out in detail online at the Brent council site. At the time of writing (14 November 2012) rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £910.00
  • Band B - £1,062.00
  • Band C - £1,214.00
  • Band D - £1,366.00
  • Band E - £1,669.00
  • Band F - £1,973.00
  • Band G - £2,276.00
  • Band H - £2,731.00


Which factors are important to get a fast completion?


Importantly, a fast completion is crucial to instruct a proactive solicitor. There are, in addition, a range of things you, as the buyer, can also do, such as, encouraging your solicitor to carry out searches promptly, organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage and quickly completing and return any forms.


What factors can impact land in Willesden, and are they thoroughly investigated?


Land in Willesden may have been contaminated by a wide range of natural and human-influenced issues, such as a proximate telecommunications base station and brine works. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.


Should I get a building survey for our Willesden property purchase?


It is strongly advised that purchasers arrange a house surveyor to undertake a survey. It is a fact that there are many concerns that have a negative impact on a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, for example cracked roof tiles.


Bookshops now have a plethora of guidebooks about how to do DIY conveyancing for example How to Buy Your First Home (And How to Sell it Too). Do I therefore need to instruct a Willesden lawyer ?


It can certainly possible to do the conveyancing unaided. That said, a solicitor typically handles a large number of skilled tasks e.g. identifying and arranging appropriate indemnity and collating and preparing contract and package which are more safely handled with appropriate a skilled professional.

Nonetheless solicitors firms will be covered by professional indemnity insurance to shield you in the event of oversights.