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Originally a town in Kent, but part of the London metropolitan area since the 19th century, Woolwich now forms part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. For centuries Woolwich has been an important military, dockyard and industrial centre and it is expected to flourish as one of the London plan's 'opportunity areas', especially once its new Crossrail service commences in December 2018.

Regeneration started about a decade ago and included a new town centre square futuristic flats. This continues with a £1.2bn redevelopment of the Woolwich Arsenal site, with around 5,000 new homes being created in converted heritage buildings and new riverside towers, plus several other new housing developments in this up and coming area.

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Woolwich conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in London Borough of Greenwich?

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

Band London Borough of Greenwich Council Tax (2018/19)
A £952.97
B £1111.80
C £1270.63
D £1429.46
E £1747.12
F £2064.78
G £2382.43
H £2858.92

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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 Woolwich conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Woolwich offer services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your house purchase or sale completes.

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.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Woolwich?

Property searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Woolwich 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

Almost all flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The conveyancing for a leasehold flat can take weeks more to complete than a freehold home because there is more to prepare and more technical complexity exists.

Examples of delays might include anything from incomplete managing agent information to an unresponsive landlord.

Our expert leasehold conveyancing team handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Correct, it can take much longer to carry out the legal work to sell a leasehold property, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork, such as details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time required by to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

Your lawyer should commence this as soon as possible, as the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent.

Read more:

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

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

Yes.

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

Our property solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a variable-rate with RBS or to a repayment mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, we can help.

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