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The historic county of Berkshire includes the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. It has no separate county council.

Lying to the west of Greater London and south of Oxfordshire, much of Berkshire is rural, with well-wooded areas around Windsor Great Park and Bracknell and the hilly area of Berkshire Downs to the west of the county. Easy access to central London by train from all towns adds to Berkshire's appeal as an attractive place to live and work.

Berkshire conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in West Berkshire Council?

Berkshire is situated in West Berkshire Council. Council tax bands are:

Band West Berkshire Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1181.78
B £1378.74
C £1575.71
D £1772.67
E £2166.60
F £2560.52
G £2954.45
H £3545.34

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Berkshire conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Berkshire offer services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your transaction completes.

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

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a house in Berkshire - which searches will I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

Occasionally the location of the property will warrant specialist searches e.g. a flood search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a Berkshire move, try our calculator.

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

How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Berkshire?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Purchasing a leasehold property can take weeks more to complete than freehold property as the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Correct, it can take much more time to carry out the legal work to sell leasehold houses or flats when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as an up-to-date statement of service charges. Delays are usually the result of the time needed by the seller's conveyancer to source this information.

It can take a long time to gather this information if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact, so your solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found.

Read more:

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

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

Yes.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Berkshire will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our property solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a 100% mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, we can assist.

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