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The London Borough of Southwark, forms one of the oldest parts of London.Linked by bridges to the City of London, it includes the vibrant South Bank attractions such as the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Borough Market, as well as Dulwich, Elephant and Castle and Southwark itself.

Since the 1990s major residential schemes have regenerated the old wharfs and warehouses and this continues with new office developments attracting businesses from the press and publishing and professional services industries.

Southwark conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in London Borough of Southwark?

Southwark is situated in London Borough of Southwark. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band London Borough of Southwark Council Tax (2018/19)
A £886.36
B £1034.09
C £1181.81
D £1329.54
E £1624.99
F £1920.45
G £2215.90
H £2659.08

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Southwark conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Southwark carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our expert solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your detailed quote will explain in detail what you will pay when your property sale or purchase completes.

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

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a property in Southwark - which searches will I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search

On occasion the solicitor will advise additional searches such as a radon gas search.

To check how much searches will cost on a Southwark move, try our calculator.

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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

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold property as leasehold transactions involve more work and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete service charge accounts to an unresponsive landlord.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

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

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more complicated than it is for a freehold home.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Southwark will need to conduct additional work, such as requesting all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the buildings insurance for the common parts.

In order to resolve any leasehold issues faster, It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a property lawyer as soon as possible.

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

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build home in Southwark can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A property lawyer in Southwark will need to be qualified to handle things like handling unreasonable delays, checking that any contracts allow for future 'common parts' maintenance and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Trenwick International.

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in helping buyers get the best possible outcome 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.

I am remortgaging a property in Southwark - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Southwark remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a 95% mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a flexible mortgage with the Market Harborough Building Society, we can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender