Blackheath conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in London Borough of Lewisham?

Blackheath is situated in London Borough of Lewisham. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band London Borough of Lewisham Council Tax (2018/19)
A £998.73
B £1165.19
C £1331.64
D £1498.10
E £1831.01
F £2163.92
G £2496.83
H £2996.20

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Blackheath conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Blackheath provide legal services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Your solicitor will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your house sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Blackheath?

Searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Blackheath conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Blackheath - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like incomplete management company accounts and marriage value issues.

An experienced leasehold conveyancer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats usually takes longer.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see these documents. These could include a current statement of service charges and a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. The time required by to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.

Your lawyer should commence this as soon as possible, because this information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am buying a new build property in Blackheath - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing for buying a new build property in Blackheath can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

An experienced solicitor in Blackheath will need to be qualified to handle things like handling equity loan schemes, checking planning conditions have been fulfilled and working with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage HCI and Castle.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a successful transaction and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Blackheath property?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Blackheath might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Conveyancing solicitors on the panel for all major lenders - so whether you are you are moving to a variable-rate with the NatWest or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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