Award-winning No Move, No Fee conveyancing for Batley home movers
By Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
Updated: October 12, 2018
Quittance focus on communication so you always know what's happening and our guaranteed fixed conveyancing fees means no nasty suprises.
Whether you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home and need conveyancing solicitors in Batley, our award-winning no sale - no fee property lawyers are here to help.
If, for whatever reason, your property sale or purchase does not proceed our no move no fee service means you won't incur any conveyancing solicitors' legal fees.
Batley's most communicative conveyancing service
According to market research carried out by Veyo, 1/3 of the people who took part in the study said they were not kept up to speed during the conveyancing process.
The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) client charter prioritises conveyancing solicitors communicating better.
Despite this, a Conveyancing Association survey of 1,500 people showed 46% of homemovers thought that more effective communication would have meant a faster completion.
Quittance Conveyancing's Batley conveyancing solicitors aim to deliver the most informative and proactive conveyancing service in the UK. We strive to provide the answers you require by phone, email and via our case management app, every day of the week:
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Updated: October 12, 2018
Batley conveyancing solicitor fees and costs
No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Batley
Conveyancing solicitor fees are what you pay your Batley conveyancing solicitor for handling the legal work for your move.
How are Batley conveyancing fees calculated?
Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis with no unexpected, additional costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Batley who work on a cost per hour basis. Your quote sets out what you will pay when your sale or purchase completes.
Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?
You must cover the cost of any 'disbursements', in addition to the legal fees.
Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client. These include costs like Stamp Duty or identity verification checks.
How much will the total Batley solicitor conveyancing fees be?
Whilst conveyancing fees in Batley will be the same as anywhere else in the country, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, additional region-specific searches, such as a mining search, may be needed and council search fees will vary.
For standard conveyancing transactions, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. There are no hidden costs or nasty surprises with Quittance. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here
Conveyancing - Buying a property in Batley
Purchase conveyancing requires a Batley conveyancing solicitor to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such issues can range from problems with the property's title to Green Deal repayments affecting the future saleability of the property.
The solicitor will feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer, find solutions to outstanding defects and other issues and register the title in the new owner's name.
This part of the article examines the kinds of property which may be of interest to homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Batley.
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Your Batley conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved
Irrespective of whether your mortgage is with a niche mortgage lender like GE Money Home Lending or a large lender such as Barclays Bank, before appointing a conveyancing solicitor in Batley it is essential that you check that they can act for your chosen lender.
Your lawyer may be unable to act for your chosen lender, because some lenders will only accept a select panel of law firms.
In this case, the lender will need a different law firm to act in their interests, and you will be expected to pay this alternate solicitor's costs. Resulting delays can jeopardise the whole purchase.
Our conveyancing solicitors can perform the conveyancing for all lenders.
- Lloyds Bank
- Barclays Bank
- HSBC Bank
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander Bank
- Nationwide Building Society
- Halifax Bank
- All UK lenders
Property Searches (Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council)
Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made of various authorities by Batley conveyancing solicitors to identify information and potential issues affecting your new home.
Mortgage lenders typically also require residential property searches to be applied for. These include:
|Local Authority (LA) search||includes the LLC1 and CON29 which includes notices under the Planning, Highways and Public Health Acts|
|Drainage & Water search||confirms who is responsible for the upkeep of the water pipes and drainage that serve the property.|
|Environmental search||describes hazards (such as historic flooding or mining subsidence) within 500m of the property. This search also identifies sites of contaminated land nearby.|
|Chancel repair liability||describes the insurance to protect against any liability to the local parish for repairs.|
More pertinent searches, such as a Crossrail search or a geological search, may also be advised in the initial search results.
The estimated turnaround time for conveyancing searches delivered by Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is 4 weeks. A private search company will be able to provide this information sooner.
Office copies will also be sourced from HM Land Registry by your conveyancing solicitor, assisting with the identification of potential planning issues. These issues could include discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan or a restrictive covenant against certain alterations.
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council Council Tax
As a homeowner in Batley, the applicable rate of council tax will vary depending on the value of the home (as assessed in 1991) and the number of people living in it. For example, for an average Tax Band E house in Batley, the amount of council tax due would be £2,075 per year.
Conveyancing solicitors in Batley will inform the purchaser of the home's tax band after this is confirmed by the searches.
If the property is unoccupied for 2 years or more, an additional premium of 50% may be applied to the council tax. Single person discount (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,556.
Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or for foreign language students. Newer homes are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and allocated a council tax banding.
|Band||Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018)|
Could I be overpaying council tax?
A homeowner can apply for their property to be reassessed, and if the valuation is revised down, they may receive a refund. To appeal contact:
Valuation Office Agency
31 Lisbon St
Stamp Duty on Batley properties
Quittance's investment in the latest legal case management system means that HMRC filing complications and objections are a thing of the past.
This table sets out stamp duty for average property in Batley:
|Average sale price (2017)||SDLT|
|Average price (detached)||£244,096||£2,381.92|
|Average new build||£243,309||£2,366.18|
Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Batley
First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300,000.
Batley conveyancing solicitors should ensure the correct amount is calculated.
Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Batley
It can be risky to purchase a leasehold property without knowing what you are getting into. Numerous legal complications could be awaiting the unsuspecting buyer, including incomplete management company accounts and ground rent multipliers.
A competent conveyancing solicitor in Batley will consider potential leasehold issues, including :
- reviewing the lease itself (many leases are decades old)
- managing agent practices
- possible service charge shortfalls
- freeholder granted consents under the lease
- unexpired lease terms
Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.
Buying a 'New Build' property in Batley?
The average sale price of new build property in Batley is £188,495, based on information from the Land Registry. 4 new build properties have been bought in Batley in 2018 so far.
Buying a new build can be more complex than any other type of conveyancing. To prevent difficulties arising a Batley conveyancing solicitor must be conscious of Batley-specific factors and needs to consider a range of factors, including dealing with lender conditions and confirming building regulation compliance.
Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are experts in helping new build purchasers obtain the best possible terms and meeting short developer deadlines.
Conservation areas in West Yorkshire
When carrying out the legal work for a home in Batley, a conveyancing solicitor will check if the house is in one of Batley's conservation areas. If it is, the property is affected by conditions. These conditions, called Article 4 Directions, can include:
- Limits on roof terraces
- Restrictions on dormer windows
- Requiring consent to alter doors and guttering
The local planning authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed.
Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Batley's conservation areas.
Conveyancing - Selling a property in Batley
The legal work involved in a property sale is much easier than when purchasing. The buyer will have to go through a full legal review on the property and its legal title. Conveyancing solicitors in Batley acting for the seller, however, simply collates information and answers the purchaser's enquiries .
Factors that could delay or endanger your sale
A house or flat can face a broad spectrum of legal issues (for example not having full title or not having a building regulations completion certificate) that can hinder a transaction.
Don't ignore the issue, trusting that the issue won't be discovered. Get advice and attempt to resolve it ASAP.
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Read more sale conveyancing articles here.
The legal work for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are not common) is significantly more difficult than for a freehold house.
Conveyancing solicitors in Batley must usually carry out further legal work, which could include obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to any documents pertaining to a variation of the terms of the lease.
In order to resolve any leasehold issues faster, it is strongly advised that the seller instruct a solicitor as soon as possible, potentially before putting the property on the market,.
Can your conveyancing solicitors act for the buyer and the seller of the same house?
Conveyancers regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers can act for both parties. However, SRA regulations ban the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale.
If you are buying or selling a property in Batley, and one of our conveyancing solicitors is acting for the other side, you could instruct a property solicitor firm in Batley to undertake your conveyancing.
Local Batley conveyancing solicitor directory
- Amber Law Solicitors Limited, Ground Floor, 29 Branch Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 5SB
- Brearleys, 1 Brunswick Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 5DT
- Helen Davies Solicitor, Blakeridge Mill, Mayman Lane, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7TB
- Alexander Duckham & Co. Limited, 69/70 Batley Business Park, Technology Drive, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 6ER
Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Batley
Homeowners remortgage their home for all sorts of reasons, including fixing the mortgage on a new discounted rate, or consolidating debts. By far the most common reason, however, is simply to get a better rate.
Homeowners would typically benefit from a better rate sooner with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Batley. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting the mortgage rate you want.
To make sure that the interests of the lender are covered, the property lawyer handling your remortgage will need to act for both you and the mortgage provider.
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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