Forest Hill conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in London Borough of Lewisham?

Forest Hill 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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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Forest Hill conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Forest Hill offer services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your property sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your property 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?

I'm buying a property in Forest Hill - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

Occasionally the solicitor will advise specialist searches e.g. a commons registration search.

To check how much searches will cost on a Forest Hill move try our conveyancing calculator.

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

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

Buying a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and marriage value issues.

A leasehold solicitor 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?

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Correct, it can take much longer to carry out the legal work to sell a leasehold home, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see these documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time needed by to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

It can take a long time to gather this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond, so your lawyer should start this process as soon as possible.

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

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

The legal work for acquiring a new build in Forest Hill can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

Your solicitor in Forest Hill must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, confirming building regulation compliance and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Trenwick International.

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are well versed in working with buyers towards the best possible outcome 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 Forest Hill property?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Forest Hill remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a 100% mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Buckinghamshire Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender