Barking conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham?

Barking is situated in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Council tax bands are:

Band London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council Tax (2018/19)
A £995.91
B £1161.89
C £1327.88
D £1493.86
E £1825.83
F £2157.80
G £2489.77
H £2987.72

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

Stamp duty calculator

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Barking conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Barking carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your move goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a home in Barking - which searches will I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Chancel search liability

Sometimes the location of the property will warrant further searches , for example a flood search.

To see the cost of searches on a Barking move, try our calculator.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Barking - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and short leases.

Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property can result in long delays.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review these documents, such as an up-to-date statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by your lawyer to get these documents together.

The seller's solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer, as this information could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am buying a new build property in Barking - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for purchasing a new build property in Barking .

A property lawyer in Barking must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, verifying rights of easements and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Q Assure.

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Barking property?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Barking might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a joint mortgage with the Yorkshire Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender