Updated: October 12, 2018

Battersea conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Battersea

Conveyancing solicitor fees are what you pay to conveyancing solicitors in Battersea for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

How are Battersea conveyancing fees calculated?

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee basis with no hidden extras, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Battersea who will work on a price per hour basis. Your conveyancing quote will set out all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your house or flat sale completes.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

You will have to pay 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 Land Registry fees or telegraphic transfer fees.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Battersea cost?

Though conveyancing fees in Battersea will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, the disbursements required can vary. As examples, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and additional region-specific searches, such as utilities searches, may be needed.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. For a standard sale or purchase, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's fees were cheaper - less than half the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Battersea

As a key part of the legal work for a property buyer, a conveyancing solicitor in Battersea will carry out due diligence on the tenure and investigate the property's title and make their "report on title".

Once their enquiries are complete the solicitor will offer professional advice and will solve outstanding issues and ensure the title is transferred to the new owner.

This part of the article considers the aspects of the legal process for conveyancing solicitors in Battersea necessitating specialist legal knowledge.

Your Battersea conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you choose a Battersea conveyancing solicitor, it is essential that you check that they are on the panel of your lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from Precise Mortgages, Allied Irish Bank or any other lender.

Your lawyer may not be able to carry out the legal work for your lender, because some mortgage lenders only accept a select panel of legal practices.

In this case, the lender will likely need a different law firm to act in their interests, and you will be expected to pay this second solicitor's costs. This means the transaction could be delayed.

Your home move can be seriously delayed if you fail to confirm your solicitor's lender panel status.

Our conveyancing solicitors can carry out the legal work for all major and minor lenders.

Residential Property Searches (Wandsworth Borough Council)

Property searches are carried out by Battersea conveyancing solicitors to help to identify any broader issues that could possibly impact how much the property you intend to buy is worth.

Banks and building societies also usually require specific searches to be applied for. Required searches will include:

  • Local Authority (LA) search - exposes issues like road schemes that could affect the property
  • Environmental search - shows whether the surrounding environment is suitable for the purchaser
  • Drainage & Water search - includes the position of water mains and sewers, and whether the local authority is responsible for their maintenance.
  • Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Battersea properties for local parish repairs.

Your solicitor will make you aware if your chosen lender insists on any additional searches, such as a highways search or an energy search.

The average lead time for Local Authority searches obtained from the London Borough of Wandsworth is 4 weeks. As a result, quicker regulated searches will be recommended.

Planning issues

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer will request office copies from the Land Registry. This will help to highlight any potential issues, such as discrepancies with the filed plan or rights or restrictions on how the property may be used.

London Borough of Wandsworth Council Tax

Council tax is calculated by London Borough of Wandsworth on property value and the number of people living in the property. E.g. the occupier of a Band B residential property in the London Borough of Wandsworth area would pay annual council tax of £562.

A conveyancing solicitor in Battersea will inform the buyer of the home's council tax band as soon as they are made aware.

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 £422.

Other discounts and exemptions may 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 the resident is living in long term residential care. Homes built after 1991 are allocated a council tax banding by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band London Borough of Wandsworth Tax (2018)
A £482
B £562
C £642
D £723
E £883
F £1,044
G £1,204
H £1,445

Can I challenge my valuation?

Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
2nd Floor
1 Francis Grove
London
SW19 4DT

In the financial year 2016/17, 30 council tax challenges were made, and 10 saw a reduction.

Stamp Duty on Battersea properties

The normal process is for the conveyancing solicitor to complete the stamp duty administration. Buyers can complete the SDLT1 themselves but it is not recommended due to the complexity of the form.

With some exceptions, if you buy a property over the £125,000 threshold you will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax.

With Quittance you have the peace of mind that the SDLT1 return is completed correctly and quickly when your purchase completes.

See stamp duty examples for properties in London:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £1,028,020 £46,552.00
Average price (detached) £1,209,120 £64,662.00
Average new build £854,797 £32,739.85
Higher rates of SDLT apply to buyers of second home in the form of an SDLT surcharge of 3%. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second home in Battersea for the average price of £1,028,020 the SDLT would be £133,642.60.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Battersea

Since the budget announcement in 2017, if you are a first-time buyer, you only pay stamp duty on property valued at over £300,000 with reduced rates up to £500,000.

Battersea conveyancing solicitors will ensure the right amount is calculated.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Battersea

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold property is not as straightforward as purchasing a freehold home. Doubling ground rents, onerous covenants and absent freeholders are among the many common complications lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser.

Serious financial ramifications can result from a less-experienced property lawyer's misguided leasehold advice.

A expert conveyancing solicitor in Battersea will consider potential leasehold issues, including ground rents and service charges, unexpired lease terms and managing agent practices.

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase with our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Battersea?

New build building site

The average cost of new build homes in Battersea is £449,784, according to data gathered by HM Land Registry. 450 new build homes have been bought in Battersea in 2018 so far.

Purchasing a new build home can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. Therefore a Battersea conveyancing solicitor should be mindful of local factors and needs to consider a range of factors, such as dealing with delays associated with off-plan and handling initial Land Registry registration.

Our team of conveyancers are experts in helping the buyer get the best possible purchase terms and working to tight developer deadlines.

London Conservation areas

When acting for the buyer of a home in Battersea, a conveyancing solicitor will need to check whether the residential property is in one of Battersea's conservation areas. If it is, the property will be affected by specific constraints. Called Article 4 directions, these constraints may include:

  • Restrictions on replacing roof tiles
  • General restrictions governing the use of non-traditional materials
  • Limits on side or two-storey extensions

The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even if the changes were made by the previous owner.

Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Battersea's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Battersea

The legal work involved in a house sale is more straightforward than when buying. With a purchase, the onus is solely on the buyer to validate that the property is mortgageable and is (or can be) registered at the Land Registry.

On the other side of the transaction, conveyancing solicitors in Battersea acting for the current owner for the most part just answer enquiries made on behalf of the buyer.

What could put the sale of your property at risk?

Common issues, like a problematic solar panel lease, can easily threaten a transaction if left unresolved.

Don't shy away from finding a solution and hope the buyer's solicitor won't notice, instead get advice, square up to the issue(s), and find a solution as soon as you can.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is significantly more protracted compared to a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Battersea. This can involve collating all relevant freeholder information or a copy of any required license to assign.

A seller should plan to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible to reduce delays associated with leasehold property. Waiting for a long-overdue managing agent response is the most likely reason that the sale of a leasehold flat will fall through.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both sides?

SRA regulations prevent the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale and purchase. However, a CLC-regulated conveyancer, can act for both the buyer and the seller.

If you are buying or selling a house or flat in Battersea, and we are carrying out the legal work for the other side, you could instruct a property solicitor firm in Battersea to carry out your legal work.

Local Battersea conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP, The Candle Factory, 112 York Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RS
  • Hanne & Co, Molasses House, Plantation Wharf, Battersea, London, London, SW11 3TN
  • Hodders Law Limited, The Old Bank, 24 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4HY

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Battersea

Securing a better rate of interest is usually the main reason why homeowners decide to switch lenders. There are other reasons, such as releasing capital, or moving from a standard variable rate (SVR) to a fixed-rate.

Homeowners should be able to enjoy a lower rate sooner by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Battersea. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when securing your preferred rate.

The property lawyer carrying out your remortgage must also be able to act on behalf of the new mortgage provider. Our conveyancers are on all major UK lenders' panels. So whether you are switching to a tracker with the HSBC or to a joint mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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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