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The largest district within the south-west London Borough of Merton is Wimbledon. Also included are Colliers Wood, Merton, Mitcham, Morden and Raynes Park.

Described as peaceful and suburban, the borough offers family-friendly housing at average London prices, with new build housing attracting a growing population.

West and central London can be easily reached by the Northern and District Underground lines and there are National Rail links from stations served by Thameslink and Southern Rail. With both Mitcham and Wimbledon Commons within the borough, Merton offers the opportunity for residents to pursue a range of outdoor activities.

Merton conveyancing FAQs

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

Merton is situated in London Borough of Merton. Council tax bands are:

Band London Borough of Merton Council Tax (2018/19)
A £978.71
B £1141.82
C £1304.94
D £1468.06
E £1794.30
F £2120.53
G £2446.77
H £2936.12

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Merton?

Conveyancing fees include legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as HM Land Registry fees or searches. Legal fees are for the solicitor's legal work.

Our solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Merton are fixed, - what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

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Our conveyancing fees calculator gives you a detailed fixed fee quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Merton sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a house in Merton - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Regulated Water Search
  • Chancel search liability

Occasionally the initial search results will recommend specialist searches e.g. a mining search.

To find out the price of searches on a Merton purchase, use our calculator.

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

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in Merton?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. Purchasing a leasehold home will usually take more time than a freehold property as there is more to prepare and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Varied factors, such as absent freeholders or incomplete service charge accounts, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes. The legal work for selling leasehold properties can be seriously delayed.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. Delays are usually the result of the time required by the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork.

Your conveyancing solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found, as this paperwork can take a long time to gather if the landlord or managing agent 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 Merton - what do I need to know?

The legal work for buying a new build property in Merton .

A solicitor in Merton must be able to deal with things like handling reservation fees, ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour and .

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in representing buyers to achieve 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 Merton property?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Merton remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our property lawyers can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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