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Hammersmith is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Historically, its proximity to the River Thames was a magnet for businesses including distilleries and sugar refineries, and Hammersmith remains one of West London's major employment centres.

With a vibrant cultural and theatre scene, Hammersmith also offers a wide choice of properties. Options include modern apartments, Georgian townhouses and riverside terrace houses, and the area is generally more affordable than neighbouring Fulham.

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Hammersmith conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham?

Hammersmith is situated in London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council Tax (2018/19)
A £681.36
B £794.92
C £908.48
D £1022.04
E £1249.16
F £1476.28
G £1703.40
H £2044.08

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Hammersmith conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hammersmith provide legal services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your move completes.

If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a home in Hammersmith - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance

Sometimes the solicitor will recommend further searches e.g. a flood search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a Hammersmith move you can use our our online conveyancing costs 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 Hammersmith - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and onerous clauses in the lease.

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?

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat can take much longer.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see several leasehold-related documents, like management company information and a current statement of service charges. The time required by your solicitor to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed, as the managing agent's information could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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

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

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build property in Hammersmith .

Your solicitor in Hammersmith must be able to deal with things like liaising with the builder's onsite sales team, ensuring compliance with planning regulations and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and ACHI/Vantage.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced in working with buyers towards 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 Hammersmith property?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Hammersmith can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our property solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a 95% mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a flexible mortgage with the Skipton Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender