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When buying or selling a property, you will need a conveyancer to handle the legal aspect of the property sale. When buying a home, your conveyancing solicitor will also be responsible for arranging essential searches on the home and surrounding area. These include both local authority and environmental searches, highlighting any floods risks, contaminated or unstable land issues and the level of radon gas in the area.
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."
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."
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.
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.
A key step when it comes to buying a house in the UK is the conveyancing process. In addition to the legalities of the sale, this process includes searches organised by your solicitor. These searches can provide essential information on the property you are looking to buy and the surrounding area so that you have a full overview of the home before completing on the purchase.
The cost for these searches vary depending on location but will be included in your overall conveyancing fees. In Hammersmith and Fulham, the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) is £6 and the CON29 form costs £327.50. The cost of a full residential search (LLC1 And CON29) in the borough is £333.50
Following the completion of the LLC1 and CON29, your conveyancing solicitor will send you a report which will provide details of any charges or restrictions which could impact the use of the property. This includes any tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges. It will also detail any local plans, highways and information regarding assets of community value.
Additionally, the environmental searches arranged by your solicitor can provide information relating to the land surrounding the property you are looking to buy. This includes flood risks in the area, the level of radon gas and any issues regarding ground instability, subsidence and land contamination.
Local Land Charges Search (LLC1)
£6 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.
£327.50 inc VAT
The CON29 provides information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
£333.50 inc VAT
LLC1 and CON29 combined
£17.80 inc VAT
These are the optional issues you can ask about, which would be in addition to the standard information provided.
According to Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s website, residents of the borough may be at risk from three types of flooding. These include surface water flooding, flooding from the Thames and flooding as a result of burst water mains. Due to the nature of the flooding in the borough, you are more likely to be affected if you live in a basement flat.
In Hammersmith and Fulham, surface water flooding usually happens as a result of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall which can cause water to run off roofs and surrounding areas which can either flood your home via your doorway or collect in the basements of properties in the borough. High levels of rain can also cause sewers to overflow, contributing to flooding issues.
Although the probability of flooding from the Thames is small, the Flood Risk Management Strategy for Hammersmith and Fulham reports that the consequences are potentially high due to high flows which can cause rapid inundation of low lying areas, increasing the potential threat to life. That said, the last major flood from the River Thames in the area occurred in 1928 and flood protection has improved significantly since. Furthermore, Hammersmith and Fulham council states that there are only a few properties likely to flood from the Thames since the Thames Barrier was built.
The environmental searches organised by your solicitor will review any potential flooding concerns in the area of Hammersmith and Fulham you are looking to move to. It is essential that you read your search reports and are aware of any flood risks before proceeding with your property purchase.
Another element reviewed as part of the environmental searches is ground stability. Ground instability and subsidence can result in potentially catastrophic damage to property, lowering its value and in extreme cases, causing the home to be deemed unsafe to live in.
Research into ground stability across the UK by Geobear found that larger cities tend to suffer from higher amounts of subsidence, in part due to the number of high-rise buildings in a relatively small area adding increased pressure to the ground.
London is considered further at risk due to the fact that much of the city has been built on “London Clay”, a natural material that is a type of shrinkable clay and susceptible to changes. The solid geology of the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham comprises of London Clay overlying chalk and is, therefore, an area where subsidence and ground instability may be more prevalent.
This is supported by a map created by Geobear, which identifies subsidence hotspots across the UK. The map shows that the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham experiences high levels of subsidence, albeit on a lesser scale than inner London. Nevertheless, it remains a concern throughout the borough and as a result, it is essential that you are aware of any potential risks around the home you are looking to purchase.
Your conveyancer will supply you with the relevant reports once the environmental searches are completed and will be able to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding the results.
Another aspect of the searches organised by your solicitor includes eviewing the levels of Radon Gas in the area. Radon Gas is a colourless and odourless gas found across the UK formed from the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in rocks and soil.
Radon Gas can often go undetected in homes yet has been linked to various health issues, which is why it is so important to understand the levels of Radon in the area you are looking to buy.
Public Health England has created a heat map of Radon Gas which acts as a visual guide depicting the levels of Radon Gas throughout the UK. The map shows that West London has the lowest levels of Radon Gas found across London, with notably low amounts found in Hammersmith and Fulham. It is therefore unlikely that Radon Gas will be noted as a concern during your environmental searches.
However, as we’ve mentioned there are considerable health risks associated with Radon Gas, including lung cancer in non-smokers. It is recommended that you read your search report thoroughly and question anything you are uncertain about. Your conveyancing solicitor can answer any questions you may have and help you understand the results of your report.
One of the aims of an environmental search report is to identify potentially contaminated land issues that may exist in the area or in close proximity to the area you are buying a home. Contaminated land is largely a result of the industrialisation of Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Severe contamination of land has the potential to negatively impact both human health and the wider environment, including natural waterways.
According to Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Land Contamination Strategy, the physical development of the borough has taken place predominantly in the last 120 years, coinciding with the arrival of the railway. Post-war, the riverside from Fulham Reach towards Hammersmith has gradually transformed from industrial uses and working wharves to mostly private residential and office buildings. It is such sites, the council reported, where potential contamination sources coincide with proposed sensitive uses (receptors), that contaminated land issues can arise.
However, the council states that many of the potentially contaminated sites do not pose any significant risk to human health or the environment because there is no link between the contamination and those potentially at risk from it. For pollution to be a risk, there has to be a means by which people come into contact with it by either breathing, eating or via skin contact.
That said, you will want peace of mind that land contamination will not impact your new home. The searches arranged by your conveyancing solicitor will include a review of the information held by the council regarding contaminated land in the area where the property you wish to buy resides. Your search report will also include information related to historic land use, planning activity, waste and landfill sites and pollution incidents in the borough.