Updated: October 12, 2018

Aylesbury conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Aylesbury

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay your Aylesbury conveyancing solicitor for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.

Are Aylesbury conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Our solicitors work on a No Sale, No Fee basis with no hidden extras, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Aylesbury who work on an hourly rate. Your quote will explain all fees and other costs you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

In addition to the legal fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the third-party costs that your conveyancer will pass on to you at the end of the conveyancing process. These include costs like property searches or leasehold information packs.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will the total Aylesbury solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Aylesbury conveyancing fees should be the same as anywhere else in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a commons registration search, may be necessary.

For a standard conveyancing transaction, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are absolutely no hidden fees. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Aylesbury

In carrying out the legal work for a homebuyer, the conveyancing solicitor in Aylesbury will investigate the property's title and make their "report on title".

The buyer's property lawyer will give advice after making their enquiries, offer pragmatic solutions and ensure that the full legal ownership is transferred.

This part of the article offers useful guidance for people looking for conveyancing solicitors in Aylesbury for a purchase.

Your Aylesbury conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Aylesbury, it is critical that you make sure that they are on the panel of your lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from Ulster Bank, Barclays Bank or any other lender.

A lot of mortgage lenders only accept a restricted list (called a 'lender panel') of firms. If a solicitor is not on the panel of your lender, the lender will need a second firm to carry out the legal work.

The buyer will be expected to pay this alternate lawyer's costs and significant delays to your move could occur.

Failing to confirm the lender panel status of your conveyancing lawyer could mean serious delays.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.

Aylesbury Vale District Council searches

Searches are enquiries made of government bodies by Aylesbury conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. They include:

  • Local Authority search - reveals planning applications, decisions and enforcement notices for planning breaches.
  • Drainage & Water search - confirms who is responsible for the upkeep of the water pipes and drainage that serve the property.
  • Environmental search - shows risks within 500 metres of the property, such as toxic chemicals in the land
  • Chancel repair liability - insurance is arranged to protect the buyer against any liability for local parish church repairs.

Homebuyers will be made aware if your mortgage lender wants any additional searches, e.g. an HS2 search or an energy search.

The average turnaround time for LA searches ordered from Aylesbury Vale District Council is 5 weeks, so it will be worthwhile to use a quicker private search company.

Planning documents

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer also retrieves official entries from HMLR. This helps to find any potential issues. These issues could include a restrictive covenant against certain alterations or errors on the title plan.

Aylesbury Vale District Council Council Tax

Aylesbury Vale District Council calculate council tax on Aylesbury homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). The occupier of a property in Band E, for example, would owe annual council tax of £2,171.

Conveyancing solicitors in Aylesbury will inform the purchaser of the property's tax band once they are themselves notified.

If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £1,628.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or if an occupier is a student nurse. Newer properties are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and allocated a council tax band.

Band Aylesbury Vale District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,184
B £1,382
C £1,579
D £1,776
E £2,171
F £2,566
G £2,960
H £3,552

Can I challenge my valuation?

The Valuation Office Agency should reassess a property's band on request. Councils prefer that this be done within six months of buying a property. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
4400 Nash Court
John Smith Drive
Oxford
OX4 2RU
Oxfordshire

Stamp Duty on Aylesbury properties

The current SDLT threshold for residential properties is £125k. The normal process is for the conveyancing solicitor to complete the Stamp Duty Land Tax administration. Buyers can complete the SDLT1 themselves but it is not recommended due to the complexity of the form.

Quittance Conveyancing is able to administer the SDLT process faster and more efficiently than ever, using integrated online systems.

This table sets out stamp duty for average property in Aylesbury:

  Average sale price (2018 to date) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £361,535 £8,076.75
Average price (detached) £479,229 £13,961.45
Average new build £344,372 £7,218.60

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Aylesbury

For first-time buyers, stamp duty is only payable on purchases over £300k. If you are buying a second home for over £40,000 then you will have to pay a higher rate of 3%. For example, if a homeowner bought a second property in Aylesbury for the average price of £361,535 the SDLT would be £28,922.80.

Aylesbury conveyancing solicitors will confirm their client pays the right amount.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Aylesbury

New build site

It is rarely a good idea to purchase a leasehold home without knowing what you are getting into. There are any number of potential traps that may be awaiting an uninformed purchaser, including onerous clauses in the lease, doubling ground rents and sub-letting restrictions.

Erroneous leasehold advice, from a lawyer who has only ever handled freehold transactions, could lead to serious consequences.

If you are planning to purchase a property with a lease, a specialist conveyancing solicitor in Aylesbury will consider potential leasehold issues, such as dealing with freeholders, reviewing the lease itself (leases can be 10's or even 100's of years old) and unexpired lease terms.

Ensure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease - Speak to Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitor team today on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Aylesbury?

House under construction

26 brand new properties have been bought in Aylesbury in 2018 so far, according to data sourced by the HM Land Registry. The average purchase price of new build properties in Aylesbury is £344,372.

Purchasing a new build home requires more technical knowledge than 'standard conveyancing'. To prevent difficulties arising a conveyancing solicitor in Aylesbury needs to be aware of local Aylesbury considerations and should consider a range of factors, e.g. checking the suitability of new build insurance and confirming Section 38 agreements.

Our new build team are specialists in working to tight developer deadlines and representing buyers to achieve the best outcome.

Conservation areas in Buckinghamshire

When acting for the purchaser of a property in Aylesbury, a conveyancing solicitor will need to check whether the home is in one of Aylesbury's conservation areas. If it is, the house could be affected by specific restrictions. These restrictions, referred to as Article 4 Directions, can include a wide range of constraints from restrictions on the use of PVC windows, to general restrictions governing unsympathetic additions or modifications.

The local planning authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing a garden fence or gate.

Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Aylesbury.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Aylesbury

The legal process for a sale of a house or flat is normally less troublesome than for a purchase. The buyer's conveyancer will have to carry out extensive research on the property. In contrast, conveyancing solicitors in Aylesbury acting for the vendor merely answers the buyer's questions.

What could jeopardise a property sale?

Hurdles, like tree preservation orders or not being connected to the main sewers, have the potential to endanger the sale conveyancing process if not dealt with promptly.

It is better not to hide from the issue in the hope that any issues won't be spotted. The best course of action is to get legal advice and deal with it proactively.

Recommended reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is quite a lot more difficult than for a more straightforward freehold house.

Conveyancing solicitors in Aylesbury must usually carry out further legal work, including asking for service charge accounts, through to details of common parts management.

You should plan to instruct a solicitor as early in the process as possible, and preferably before marketing the property, to reduce delays associated with leasehold property. The time lost waiting for responses from a property's managing agents is the most frequent cause of leasehold sales collapsing.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for both the buyer and the seller of the same property?

A CLC-regulated conveyancer can act for both the buyer and the seller. However, SRA rules prevent the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale and purchase.

You may want to instruct a property solicitor firm in Aylesbury to carry out your legal work, if one of our conveyancing solicitors is acting for the other side.

Local Aylesbury conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Browns Solicitors (Buckinghamshire) Ltd, Second Floor, Brooke House, Market Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1SN
  • Kidd Rapinet LLP, Ground Floor, Walker House, George Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2HU
  • Wilson and Bird Limited, Ideal House, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1QY
  • Dc Kaye Solicitors Limited, 24 Temple Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2RQ
  • Horwood & James LLP, 7 Temple Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2QB

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Aylesbury

The most common reason homeowners remortgage is to get a more attractive interest rate. There are a number of other reasons to remortgage, for example releasing capital to pay off other debts, or wanting a more flexible mortgage.

You can benefit from a lower rate sooner with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Aylesbury. They will work to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With rate rises anticipated, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to securing the rate you want.

To make sure that the lender's interests are protected, the property lawyer handling your remortgage will need to act for both you and the mortgage provider.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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