If you’re moving house in Croydon, you’ll need to contact a verified and professional conveyancer to help you with the legal aspects of the property purchase. Compare My Move can connect you with up to 5 licensed conveyancers to help you save up to 70% on your conveyancing fees in Croydon.
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99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD
Bishops Gate Law have many years of combined experience as a team in property law. We specialise in helping you with the legal side of the purchase and sale of a house.
"Excellent service, Kunjal and Kaya were always available to help with my many questions! They always seemed on top of everything and had to do very little asking where we were at. Would definitely use again and highly recommended, they are on the more expensive side but it was worth it for the ease."
Mancini Legal Limited
Mancini Legal Ltd, 23 West Street, Horsham, RH12 1PB
Mancini Legal is a reliable and friendly conveyancing solicitor offering our expert service around Guildford and Redhill.
Juno Property Lawyers Ltd, 43-51 New North Road, London, N1 6LU
Juno are a team of licensed conveyancers who will help you when you want to buy or sell a house.
"Excellent, highly recommended , professional helpful yes I would use them and recommend them to everyone I know "
Ross Coates Solicitors
Ross Coates Solicitors, Unit 5-7 Alpha Business Park, Ipswich, IP1 5LT
Ross Coates Solicitors have over 25 years providing our professional and trusted residential conveyancing service across Wales and England.
Alexander Grace Law
A G Law, 7 Kestrel Court, Burnley, BB11 5NA
Alexander Grace Law is an award-winning residential conveyancer, winning ESTAS Best Conveyancer in the North West and County in both 2018 and 2019.
"They were on top of matters. The team were always helpful and kept me informed on most issues. The only slight criticism is I found it hard sometimes to actually speak to someone on the phone which may well be a fault of mine as I am not good with online communication but we got through it."
Anaysse Jacobs Solicitors, Equitable House, London, SE18 6FH
Anaysse-Jacobs is a first-class conveyancing solicitor offering our legal help with sale, purchase and sale and purchase of property.
Connect2law, 5 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PR
Muve Conveyancers are proud to provide our expert conveyancing service across England and Wales.
"Fathima Nusra and Ann Caldera , were very helpful .There help was invaluable, they pushed and chased to get our completion on time .Thank you "
Moving Direct Property
Suffolk Enterprise Centre, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ
Moving Direct Property can offer an expert and professional conveyancing service all across the UK. We specialise in helping with the sale of a property.
Oasis Solicitors, 8 The Village, London, SE7 8UD
Oasis Solicitors are a firm of 2 partners with over 24 years of experience in the conveyancing industry between them. We treat each client and case with the same level of respect and quality to ensure the best outcome.
My Home Move Conveyancing
My Home Move Ltd, 5 Barton Close, Leicester, LE19 1SJ
At My Home Move Conveyancing, we understand that buying, selling and remortgaging a house can be a stressful process - that is why we provide professional conveyancing services to make the process clearer, easier and better for every client.
"The positive is that eventually I did get my place. The negatives- Very poor communication, at times I had to take matters into my own hands to get information from one side to another.- I made it very clear what we were doing on the first day, a couple of months in we had to redraft and sign some documents because they hadnt listened on day one.- Fees never given in one go. Id pay when asked and then suddenly theres another one just appeared.- I was homeless for 6-7 weeks because of how things dragged out without any transparency. This especially endangered my medical wellbeing as I couldnt sign up to a GP without a fixed address and have a lifelong chronic illness.The scariest part is that I think this might be a half decent service, so what does that say about the rest?"
Taylor Rose MW
Taylor Rose M W, 69 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EQ
With a 100 year heritage, Taylor Rose MW are one of the leading law firms in England and Wales.
Whitestone Solicitors Limited
Whitestone Solicitors, 2 West Street, Rochdale, OL16 2EN
Whitestone Solicitors Limited are a team of professional conveyancing solicitors who make every effort to excel in client care and satisfaction.
QC Law Ltd
5th Floor, 29 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3EG
QC Law Ltd specialises in multiple areas of law, including conveyancing and other forms of property law. We are based in Central London and our team of conveyancing solicitors have a combined experience of over 30 years.
16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8AZ
Based in London, Ackroyd Legal are proud to provide their conveyancing services across the whole of the UK. Born from one of the fastest-growing, city-based law firms in recent times, brings together the best of the best.
One of the key roles your conveyancer will take on is organising the relevant conveyancing searches on the land on which the property you’re interested in resides. The results of these searches will inform you of various pieces of information, including any potential risks within the area, whether there are planning permissions currently in place and if the location has been previously used for mining, affecting the ground’s stability.
Conveyancing searches are essential for any property purchase and so it’s important you read the results carefully as they may affect the property’s value or future saleability. They will provide details of any current or future concerns about the property and land you’re investigating. For more information, these searches are further explained on the Croydon Council website.
One of the vital searches your conveyancer will arrange is the Local Authority Search. This is usually split into two sections: LLC1 and CON29. The cost for these documents are listed in the table opposite - we visited the Croydon Council Local Land Charges webpage to ensure accuracy and provide fully calculated costs that include VAT.
For the full Local Authority search, the cost in Croydon is £305. If you’d like to purchase the LLC1 document alone the fee is £35, whilst the single CON29R form is £270. There are additional enquiries and parcels that can be requested but these will require an added fee. If you would like copies of any of the documents, such as planning consents and refusals, the cost is currently £12.
£35 inc VAT
This includes details of any restrictions or prohibitions on the land/property and any financial charges held against it. It is exempt from VAT.
Optional enquiry (CON29O - charge per enquiry)
£36 inc VAT
Individual questions from CON29R or CON29O can be requested. These added enquiries can include information concerning road proposals, public footpaths and common land and village greens.
£270 inc VAT
This report includes approximately 85 sections which provide important environmental information about the property or area of land. It can reveal any building regulation information, who maintains the road the property is on, the planning history of the property, traffic schemes, compulsory purchase orders, proposed tree preservation orders and other notices that may affect the building.
Basic local authority search (LLC1 and CON29R)
£305 inc VAT
This will contain both the Official compiled LLC1 report and the Official compiled CON29R.
As part of the Environmental Search, your conveyancer should arrange a flood risk search on the area you are looking to buy in Croydon. The report will be sent to you to review before the transaction is finalised, as the results may affect the property’s value and your decision to continue with the purchase. Don’t be afraid to raise any concerns with your conveyancer once you’ve read the report.
If the property you’re interested in is within the vicinity of the River Wandle, the need for a Flood Risk Report will be much greater. Areas such as Riverside Close are often subject to flood alerts and so the property may have suffered previous damage or will be at risk of flooding again in the future, affecting its value. Properties located close to the river have a 1-3.3% of flooding each year.
According to the UK Flood Risk Map, the potential for surface water flooding is also a concern in Croydon. Whilst the majority of properties have a low to medium risk of flooding from surface water, there are certain streets that are labelled as high risk. This means that the properties within have over a 3.3% chance of flooding each year, highlighting the importance of the Environmental Search. Properties close to Croham Road or Brighton Road are examples of this.
If you discover that the property resides in a high or medium risk area, it’s essential you discuss the report with your conveyancer to assess the situation. It would also be wise to hire a professional property surveyor to uncover any damage that may have been caused by previous floods.
The Environmental Search should also include a ground stability search to uncover any unstable ground beneath or surrounding the property. The results of this may highlight issues with subsidence, landslides, previous mining sites or any other factors that could cause ground instability in Croydon.
The ‘UK Subsidence Map’ depicts Corydon as a medium risk area. Due to its proximity to London, this isn’t surprising as highly-populated cities like these are often subject to higher risks of subsidence. When a piece of land contains many densely-packed buildings, the ground below weakens and becomes unstable, often resulting in subsidence occurring. Corydon properties will likely be affected by this, especially those closest to England’s capital.
Another factor that can affect ground stability is the presence of clay soil. The ‘England and Wales Clay Hazards Map’ places Croydon within an area that is labelled as both a Hazard Level D and Hazard Level E. This means that some of the clay soil in Croydon will be prone to shrinking and swelling when exposed to an extreme change in temperature or when under pressure. Hazard Level E is the most alarming and so it would be wise to discuss the conveyancing search results with your conveyancer, should you uncover the property is within this area of Croydon.
According to the ‘UK Radon Map’, Croydon contains low to medium levels of radon gas emissions. Radon gas is a natural, radioactive gas that is formed by the decay of natural uranium found in rocks and soil. It is colourless and odourless, with low levels being found throughout the entirety of the UK. However, despite being natural gas, it can cause health problems should you be exposed to it in high doses.
Radon gas is actually one of the leading causes of lung cancer, beaten only by tobacco use. This proves how vital it is that you uncover the level of emissions in the area you’re purchasing a property. Once the conveyancing searches are complete, you should carefully review the reports and discuss the level of radon emissions with your conveyancer.
Whilst the majority of Croydon has a 1-3% chance of experiencing high emissions, there are a number of concerning areas you should be aware of. Streets such as Fawcett Road and The Waldrons are in raised radon areas, meaning the properties here will have a higher chance of experiencing a raised level of emissions. These are the locations that may display higher than average emissions and will require a more thorough investigation.
Whilst the majority of Croydon has an average level of radon gas emissions, there are pockets of the town that may result in alarming readings. When viewing homes, make sure you discuss this factor with your conveyancer and that you read through the results of the conveyancing searches carefully before committing to the sale.
Another key factor of the conveyancing searches is the Contaminated Land Searches that your conveyancer will organise. This will assess historical land use, recent industrial use and nearby waste and landfill sites. If an area is recognised as ‘contaminated land’, it will typically contain substances or pollution that can cause significant harm to properties, animals or residents.
According to the Croydon Council’s Contaminated Land Register, no sites within the borough have been legally determined as contaminated land. This may be amended or updated should new evidence arise, but as of January 2021, there are 0 contaminated sites in Croydon for buyers to be aware of. However, it’s important to keep viewing this register when possible.
If you suspect that the land you’re interested in has signs of contamination, you can report it to your local council or read their updated Contaminated Land Guidance to gain a better understanding of what to look out for. A clear plan for remediation should also be displayed on the council’s website, should you wish to investigate further.