Conservation and Conveyancing in London
There are numerous and varied designated conservation areas within London which vary significantly in character, style and size. Thousands of Conservation areas are dotted all around the London area . Check with your Solicitor as to whether or not the property you are purchasing is within a conservation area as this may affect your ability to obtain planning permission for alterations to the property. In some circumstances, it may necessitate specific consent merely for demolition of any part of the property and also affect the ability to prune trees. This information should be revealed within your Conveyancing searches.
London Planning Documents
Conveyancing Solicitors with experience in London transactions should point you to the appropriate local authority website where you may find planning applications for historic planning documentation not only in respect of your property but also in respect of neighbouring properties as well. If you are purchasing a property in London you should make use of the freely available information for applications that may be applicable to properties within the street where you are proposing to purchase. Your conveyancing lawyer is not obliged to provide you with information relating to planning applications for surrounding properties so it for you to check out this information as well.
Railway Projects and Conveyancing in London
Local searches may reveal that the property you are intending to purchase is affected by a Crossrail Safeguarding Direction, or other London projects such as the London Olympics. In the case of Crossrail, this means that the local planning authority must consult with the team when it is considering planning applications within the area shown on plans attached to the Direction, and must report to the Secretary of State for Transport if it resolves to determine the application in a manner which is inconsistent with the advice given by Crossrail.
New Build Conveyancing in London
Where you intend to purchase a newly built property in London there is a possibility that there will be restrictions within the deeds relating to parking. Solicitors with experience in Conveyancing London properties should know where to look to find any such restrictions (it may well be that the restrictions are contained within a planning document known as a Section 104 Agreement, or the Lease of the property).
London and Leasehold Conveyancing
A significant proportion of homes in London are leasehold properties, as are the majority of transactions carried out by our London Conveyancing team. Many of these are managed by the local authorities who will also be the landlord of the property. When buying in London, you should specifically look to find out information about future works to your building as the local authority will have very detailed plans for future works for all properties where the council are the freehold owner. Sometimes major works or service charge works can be very high. Clearly, you do not want to purchase only to find out that there are major works planned as you could be faced with a significant bill shortly afterwards.
The above advice is not intended to be a comprehensive list of investigations that a competent property lawyer would look for and merely represent a sample of the issues that may apply to a conveyancing transaction in London.
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