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South East London Conveyancing: FAQs

We've put together our handy guide on the most frequently asked South East London conveyancing questions. These FAQs look at issues like property tax, leasehold complexity and the steps of the legal process.

Buying property in South East London

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.

Read more:

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

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

What are the Council Tax bands in City of Westminster Council in 2022?

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

Band Westminster Council Tax (2022/23)
A £577.19
B £673.38
C £769.58
D £865.78
E £1,058.18
F £1,250.57
G £1,442.97
H £1,731.56

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Are you paying more Council Tax than you should be?

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?

Selling property in South East London

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.

Read more:

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

Remortgaging in South East London

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 1.25% (June 2022). 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.

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Transferring equity in South East London

Will I need a solicitor to transfer equity in my South East London home?

If you are planning to transfer equity in a property, Quittance can help. Whether you are getting married, separating or gifting a property to a child or relative, our solicitor panel can handle the legal work. Why not get a quick quote for our fast and cost-effective conveyancing service? If you are also remortgaging, we can include this in one fixed fee quote.

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What are conveyancing disbursements?

A key difference between conveyancing fees and disbursements is who they are paid to.

Legal fees are paid to your solicitor for the work they do, whereas disbursements are paid through your solicitor to third parties like HM Land Registry (HMLR).

How much should I be paying in conveyancing legal fees in 2022?

Hidden fees and potential additional costs could unexpectedly add to your final conveyancing bill, so when you are comparing South East London conveyancing quotes, you should check what each quote does include. If a fee is included in one online quote but not another, check the small print.

If you are buying a leasehold property, with Help to Buy, or a share of freehold, check if there is an additional charge for this extra work.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General South East London property lawyers FAQs

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.

Other 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 a No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

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.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in South East London and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

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