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Conveyancing in Wimbledon Q & A's

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Updated: 14/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Wimbledon

By road: Wimbledon is served by the A3, A24 and A219. By rail: The nearest train station is Wimbledon (with access to the London Underground). By air: There are nine airports accessible from Wimbledon: London Heliport (5 miles), London Biggin Hill Airport (16), London Heathrow and London City Airports (both 17 miles), Northolt Jet Centre (20), London Gatwick Airport (26), Elstree Aerodrome (30), TAG London Farnborough Airport (32), and Wycombe Air Park (37 miles).

Hospital: Parkside, 53 Parkside, SW19 5NX. Council: Merton Council (www.merton.gov.uk).

Attractions: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon Tennis Museum, and Buddhapadipa Temple.

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Does Homeward Legal manage the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Wimbledon?

Yes, we do. Homeward Legal's auction experts have frequently been instructed by both sellers and buyers for the conveyancing work on properties in both local and national auctions. For the best auction experience, it is critical that you appoint your solicitor as soon as is practical and far in advance of the auction day. This allows the legal work to be started and fully prepared prior to the event. With your solicitor completely briefed, the conveyancing can then be completed well within the four-week timeframe afterwards. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of auction experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote.

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My wife and I are buying in Wimbledon. How can we check if the house is in a conservation area?

Locations deemed to be of architectural or historic interest, such as fishing villages or model housing estates, will be recognised as conservation areas. For Wimbledon, there are currently 30 conservation areas that have been registered by Merton Council. A lawyer will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and a special search can be ordered to see if any unplanned or unauthorised work has taken place at your prospective property, and, if so, what you will need to consider if you go ahead.

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We are enquiring about council tax rates on a period, end-of-terrace property in Wimbledon: How much are they?

During the conveyancing process, your appointed solicitor will contact the authority responsible for managing the council tax in Wimbledon (Merton Council), and detail it in the report on title. In the 2016/2017 tax year, the rates were:

  • Band A - £962.63
  • Band B - £1,123.06
  • Band C - £1,283.51
  • Band D - £1,443.94
  • Band E - £1,764.82
  • Band F - £2,085.69
  • Band G - £2,406.57
  • Band H - £2,887.88

Retrieved 8 March 2017

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We are considering taking out a mortgage with Rooftop Mortgages, but is there anything I need to know before we commit?

Buyers should be aware that, in some cases, mortgage lenders have decided to limit the number of solicitors who can act for them. This can mean that, should they need to appoint a lawyer as part of the mortgage offer, they may well pass on their legal costs to you. At Homeward Legal, though, we can act for many lenders in the UK, thereby obviating the chance of increased mortgage costs. Call us on 0800 038 6699 to find out more and to obtain a fixed-fee quote.

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Handling our own legal work for selling a flat in Wimbledon without a property lawyer appears to be an attractive way of cost-cutting, but would it really be a foolish idea?

There are no technical or legal arguments as to why a homeowner can’t engage in the legal process without the help of an expert solicitor in Wimbledon. However, a lawyer juggles a significant number of complex roles (from liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries to apportioning service charges), which really need a skilled and experienced professional. Fundamentally, though, DIY lawyers do not have appropriate cover that all firms and their solicitors are legally bound to carry. Additionally, your relative inexperience is likely to incur delays and potentially put your move in jeopardy.

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For speedier conveyancing on the purchase of a £434,000 property on the outskirts of Wimbledon, what do we need to do?

Absolutely crucial to faster conveyancing is to instruct an experienced and proactive lawyer as early as you can in the process. You should also consider the following when selecting a solicitor to represent you:

  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can add days of waiting to a purchase.
  • How soon will they order searches?

Homeward Legal responds quickly to your questions, and has a quote calculator on their website (as well as a number you can call to talk to someone about a fixed-fee quote: 0800 038 6699). Our solicitors are trained to proactively communicate along the entire property chain to remove obstacles and hurdles as quickly as possible.

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Are there many mortgage lenders with Wimbledon offices?

Homeward Legal has solicitors experienced in working in conjunction with most mortgage experts, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, in Wimbledon. A number of mortgage specialists operate in and around Wimbledon, such as:

  • Halifax Building Society, Unit 116, Centre Court Shopping Centre, Queen’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8YA
  • Morello Mortgages Ltd., 12A Oakwood Road, Wimbledon, SW20 0PW
  • Gem & Co. Financial Services LLP, 27 St. George’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4EU
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Do we need to instruct the solicitor that often works with the estate agent in Wimbledon Town?

Agent recommendations are a common route to finding a solicitor. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, and not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee quote with the ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee from Homeward Legal, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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How is stamp duty calculated, what amount should we budget for a £1027000 residence?

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The rate of stamp duty that is payable is calculated with reference to the valuation. It is £51350 on a £1027000 house.*

*Accurate as of September 2012

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How do we uncover additional data the status of Wimbledon and Wimbledon conservation areas?

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English Heritage have conducted a survey and created a detailed list about the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability to deterioration. Conservation area matters including upkeep of paths, addition of PVC windows or poorly maintained roads etc. are handled by the local Wandsworth planning authority.

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Is it necessary that I get a chancel liability search? We are buying close by a church built in the 17th Century in Wimbledon.

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In Wimbledon, where land was once owned by a lay impropriators, new owners of that property may be obliged to cover the cost of upkeep of older church buildings. Parochial Church Councils in Wimbledon must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further. Wimbledon church properties include St Matthew, St John the Baptist, St Mary and St Mark.

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Does Homeward Legal manage the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Wimbledon?

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Our firm is very competent with auction buyers and sellers. Our highly qualified solicitors and licensed conveyancers have worked for numerous buyers at regional property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Savvy buyers at auction know to instruct a good conveyancing company as soon as they can to allow sufficient time for an investigation of the auction pack well in advance of the property auction. Q.

How is Wimbledon contaminated land checked when buying?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by naturally-occurring factors could irreparably damage residential property in Wimbledon . Issues like infilled land or pollution incidents will be reported on in environmental search results.

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How much does the searches in Wimbledon be?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, conveyancing clients are required to pay at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Searches are charged 'at cost'.

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Which local authority is responsible for Wimbledon?

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Wimbledon is located in London Borough of Merton Council, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX, Tel: 020 8274 4904