South East London conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in City of Westminster Council?

South East London is situated in City of Westminster Council. Council tax bands are:

Band City of Westminster Council Tax (2018/19)
A £473.67
B £552.61
C £631.56
D £710.50
E £868.39
F £1026.28
G £1184.17
H £1421.00

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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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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are South East London conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Our expert solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your transaction completes.

If, for any reason at all, your transaction does not go ahead, you will be covered by 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 South East London?

Conveyancing searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by South East London 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?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Purchasing a leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold house as the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an absent freeholder to slow delivery of managing agents' documents.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Yes, it can take much longer to complete the legal work on leasehold houses or flats, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor must review these documents. These could include three years' filed accounts for the property management and a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by to gather this paperwork.

It can take weeks to collect the managing agent's information if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact, so your lawyer should commence this before a buyer has even been found.

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

I am buying a new build property in South East London - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing for buying a new build home in South East London .

Your solicitor in South East London will need to be qualified to handle things like checking the suitability of new build insurance, checking planning conditions have been fulfilled and working with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Global Home Warranties.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move 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 South East London 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 proactive conveyancing solicitor in South East London should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Quittance's solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a 100% mortgage with the HSBC or to a discounted-rate mortgage with Virgin Money, we can help.

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