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The purpose of hiring a conveyancing solicitor is to handle the legal aspects of your property purchase. Additionally, they will be responsible for organising essential searches on the home and land. These can highlight if there are any flood risks, ground stability and contaminated land concerns and the levels of radon gas in the area of Greenwich you are looking to move to.
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."
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.
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.
The searches organised by your conveyancer are one of the most important steps when it comes to buying a house in the UK. The results of these searches can provide you with useful information about the property you are looking to buy, including information held by the local authority, in this case, Greenwich Council.
It is vital that you raise any concerns you have with the findings and results of the searches at the earliest possible convenience. Your local authority report will highlight any restrictions or charges affecting the use of the property, such as tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges. It will also provide information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
The environmental searches organised by your solicitor will review land use and any concerns regarding contamination of the land. It will also shed light on any flood risk, the level of radon gas and any issues relating to ground stability and subsidence.
The local authority search is split into two parts - the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) and the CON29 form. The conveyancing search fees will depend on the location of the property you are looking to purchase. The cost of the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) in Greenwich is £35 and the CON29 form is £128 (inc VAT). Additional enquiries (Con290) cost £16.50 per question.
Local Land Charges Search (LLC1)
£35 inc VAT
The LLC1 search informs purchasers of restrictions or charges affecting the use of the property, such as tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges.
£138 inc VAT
The CON29 provides information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
£163 inc VAT
LLC1 and CON29 combined
£16.50 inc VAT
These are the optional issues you can ask about, which would be in addition to the standard information provided.
The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for the London Borough of Greenwich identified that there are “significant areas” at risk from flooding throughout the borough. Fluvial flood risk, affects areas of Greenwich alongside the River Quaggy, Ravensbourne, Shuttle, Deptford Creek and Butts Canal. Some flood alleviation works have taken place in the Borough, most notably the flood alleviation scheme on the River Quaggy at Sutcliffe Park.
The SFRA reported that tidal flood risk is “extensive” and a breach in the defences, although a low probability of occurrence, would have a high consequence, causing significant of the Thamesmead, New Charlton and Greenwich Peninsula areas of the Borough.
The council further reported that areas such as Abbey Wood have experienced surface flooding problems in the past and areas of the Borough which are potentially at risk from surface water flooding include Eltham, Kidbrooke, Greenwich Peninsula, New Charlton, Royal Arsenal East, Plumstead and Abbey Wood.
Moreover, sewer flooding does not appear to be problematic in the majority of Greenwich but areas such as Eltham have experienced problems in the past.
When buying a house in Greenwich, your solicitor will arrange searches that can highlight the potential flooding issues, if any, in and around the area you are looking to buy. As flooding can cause considerable damage to residential properties - and in some cases a threat to life - it is crucial that you are aware of any risks prior to purchasing. You can protect both yourself and your investment by reading your search reports thoroughly and raise any concerns you may have with your conveyancing solicitor prior to completion.
A crucial element of the searches arranged by your conveyancer is ensuring there are no issues regarding ground stability in and around the home. Ground instability can cause a host of serious problems for homeowners, from decreasing the value of the home to subsidence, which can cause the house to “sink” and become unstable.
Much of Greater London has been built on a natural material known as “London Clay”, a type of shrinkable clay which is susceptible to changes. As a result, London is a known hotspot for ground stability issues. This is further exasperated by the considerable amount of large and high-rise buildings in a condensed area, adding pressure on the ground
According to a map created by Geobear, which identifies the UK subsidence hotspots, risks of subsidence are present throughout East London. Furthermore, evidence of subsidence can be seen across the borough of Greenwich. Although the findings appear to be a lower risk than areas of Central and South London, it can still be a concern for potential homeowners looking to move to the area.
Your search report will highlight any risks of subsidence and any other concerns regarding the stability of the ground around the area of Greenwich you are looking to buy. This will allow you to make an educated decision on the property purchase and understand any risks or concerns regarding ground instability.
Radon Gas is formed from the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in rocks and soil across the UK. It is both colourless and odourless and as a result, can often go undetected in UK homes. High levels can potentially cause a number of serious health issues, including lung cancer in non-smokers.
According to Public Health England’s heat map of Radon Gas, there is evidence of Radon Gas throughout East London, however, there are much lower levels within Greenwich. Especially in the centre of the borough, readings are some of the lowest in the UK. There are slightly higher levels (albeit still very low) on outer areas of the borough, such as Plumstead and Kidbrooke.
Due to the health risks associated with Radon Gas, it is essential that you are aware of the levels of radon gas in the area of Greenwich you are looking to buy. Ensure that you read your report thorough and query anything you are uncertain of with your solicitor.
Any land that contains pollution and substances which are considered harmful to human health, water sources and the environment is considered “contaminated land”. This contamination is usually caused by past industrial use or the deposition of waste such as heavy metals, oils and tars, solvents, gases, asbestos and radioactive substances.
According to the Environmental agency which holds historical information on the number of landfill sites that have closed since 1976, London has the least historical landfill sites. However, contaminated land can come from a variety of sources throughout London and the borough of Greenwich is no exception.
An example of this is The Heights estate in Charlton. According to the council, during development, a section of the estate was considered too steep to undertaken remediation works. The council reported that contamination on the site included miscellaneous waste deposited between WW1 & WW2 including some heavy metals.
Your conveyancing solicitor will arrange the necessary environmental searches to ensure contaminated land will not be an issue in and around your new Greenwich home. This will usually include a search of records and maps held by Greenwich Council. These documents will relate to historic land use, current or previous planning activity and data about waste, landfill sites and pollution incidents in Greenwich.