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The largest city in Somerset, Bath was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Its stunning architecture and history have made it a tourist hotspot, and much of its economy is built on the millions who visit every year. Key industries include software, publishing, education and health.

There are plans to develop the riverside area with new housing, plus some of the city's old industrial sites have been earmarked for new build homes, increasing the housing stock and offering new opportunities to live in this very desirable city. Further out in the suburbs and villages the housing market also remains buoyant, particularly with young and growing families.

Bath conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Bath & North East Somerset Council?

Bath is situated in Bath & North East Somerset Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Bath & North East Somerset Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1101.37
B £1284.94
C £1468.50
D £1652.06
E £2019.18
F £2386.31
G £2753.43
H £3304.12

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Bath?

Conveyancing fees are comprised of the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as HM Land Registry fees and ground rent service charges. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Bath are fixed, - for a standard transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no additional fees

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Bath home move

Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives you a detailed fixed fee quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Bath sale or purchase.

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Bath?

Conveyancing searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Bath conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in Bath?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold house because there is more to prepare.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from absent freeholders to slow delivery of managing agents' documents.

Our expert leasehold conveyancing team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Bath?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is much more technical than for a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Bath, which could include requesting the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to ascertaining if a license to assign is required.

In order to resolve any leasehold issues faster, It is recommended that the vendor contact a solicitor as soon as is practicable.

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

The legal work for purchasing a new build home in Bath .

A good solicitor in Bath will need to be qualified to handle things like dealing with delays associated with off-plan, confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity) and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Aedis.

Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are well versed in helping buyers get the best possible outcome 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.

I am remortgaging a property in Bath - do I need a solicitor?

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 Bath can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, we can assist.

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