South London conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in City of Westminster Council?

South 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

Read more:

Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

Stamp duty calculator

£

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 London conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your conveyancing quote will explain in detail what the legal fees will be when your house purchase or sale goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

Read more:

How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in South London?

Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by South London conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

Read more:

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

I am buying a leasehold property in South London - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be complex. The many potential complications awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like incomplete management company accounts and freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders.

Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

Read more:

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?

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in South London?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is much more difficult compared to a freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in South London will usually undertake extra work, for example obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to ensuring that leasehold forms are completed.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related problems sooner, It is highly recommended that the seller instruct a solicitor as soon as is practicable.

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

The conveyancing for buying a new build property in South London is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A good solicitor in South London must be able to deal with things like investigating developer incentives, investigating road and drainage issues and working with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage and Ark Residential.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are experts in working with buyers towards a stress free move and working to tight developer deadlines.

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.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my South London property?

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in South London will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our conveyancers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a flexible mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a capped-rate mortgage with Virgin Money, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender