Updated: October 12, 2018

Bexhill On Sea conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Bexhill On Sea

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the charges you pay to conveyancing solicitors in Bexhill On Sea for the legal work involved in moving home.

Are Bexhill On Sea conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Bexhill On Sea will work on a fees per hour basis. Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis, with no hidden fees. Your conveyancing quote will explain exactly what you will need to pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

You must cover the cost of any 'disbursements', in addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client, such as office copies or Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

See: A guide to conveyancing fees, costs and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Bexhill On Sea cost in total?

While conveyancing fees in Bexhill On Sea will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, specific extra searches, such as transport searches, may be necessary and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

There are no hidden costs or nasty surprises with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard sale or purchase, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Bexhill On Sea

When carrying out the legal work for a home purchase, the Bexhill On Sea conveyancing solicitor will carry out due diligence on the tenure and investigate the title of the property and feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer.

The buyer's property lawyer will make recommendations once their enquiries are complete, make practical suggestions and ensure the title is transferred to the new owner.

The following section examines the aspects of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Bexhill On Sea where specialist conveyancing skills may be needed.

Your Bexhill On Sea conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you choose a conveyancing solicitor in Bexhill On Sea, it is paramount that you confirm that they can act for your chosen lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from the Skipton Building Society, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) or any other lender.

Most mortgage lenders will only accept a select panel of legal practices that pass strict standards. If your solicitor is unable to act for your chosen lender, the lender will probably require a different firm to complete the legal work.

The home buyer will then have to cover this substitute solicitor's fees and significant delays to your move could occur.

Neglecting to check your lawyer's lender panel status can result in serious delays.

Our conveyancing solicitors are approved members of all lender panels.

Searches (Rother District Council)

Property searches are enquiries made by Bexhill On Sea conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your new home. They include:

Local Authority (LA) searchincludes the LLC1 Local Land Charge Register and CON29 Enquiry Form
Environmental searchidentifies nearby landfill and contaminated land sites (within 500 metres), and if there has been any historic flooding or mining subsidence.
Drainage & Water searchdescribes water mains and sewers, and confirms if these are privately maintained
Chancel repair liabilitydescribes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Bexhill On Sea properties for local parish repairs.

More pertinent searches, such as a highways search or a more detailed plan search, may also be referred to following the initial searches.

The estimated turnaround time for Residential property searches provided by Rother District Council is 11 weeks, so faster personal searches will be preferred.

Planning searches

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer will request office copies from the Land Registry, helping to identify planning issues. These issues could include outbuildings lying outside the boundary or limits on the development of the property.

Rother District Council Council Tax

Rother District Council calculate your council tax based on a variety of factors which include the size of the home and the property's value as at 1 April 1991. For instance for an average Band C residential property in Bexhill On Sea, the council tax amount would be £1,675 per year.

A conveyancing solicitor in Bexhill On Sea will inform a purchaser of the home's council tax band once they are made aware.

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 £1,256.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes or where the property is occupied solely by students.

Band Rother District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,256
B £1,466
C £1,675
D £1,884
E £2,303
F £2,722
G £3,141
H £3,769

Can I challenge my valuation?

A homeowner can challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 40 council tax challenges were made. 10 were approved and the tax was reduced. To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
St. Annes House
2 St. Annes Rd
BN21 3LG
East Sussex

Stamp Duty on Bexhill On Sea properties

The buyer (rather than the seller) will have to pay SDLT on the purchase price of the property if it exceeds £125k. 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 and because there may be penalties for underpayment.

Quittance Conveyancing ensure that the complex SDLT1 form is completed accurately and without delay.

This table sets out SDLT for property in Bexhill On Sea:

  Average sale price (2017) SDLT
Average price £257,396 £2,869.80
Average price (detached) £362,534 £8,126.70
Average new build £246,042 £2,420.84
Higher rates of stamp duty apply to buyers of second residential property in the form of a 3% surcharge. So if a second property was bought for £257,396 then the stamp duty total will be £20,591.68.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Bexhill On Sea

For first-time buyers, stamp duty is only payable on purchases over £300k.

Bexhill On Sea conveyancing solicitors should confirm the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Bexhill On Sea

New build site

The risks associated with purchasing a leasehold property should be a worry for leasehold property purchasers. The many potential complications awaiting an uninformed purchaser can include:

  • unreasonable ground rents
  • short leases
  • undisclosed major works
  • sub-letting restrictions
Incomplete leasehold information, delivered by a conveyancing solicitor with only freehold experience, can have serious consequences.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Bexhill On Sea will address aspects of leasehold, such as :

  • reviewing the lease itself (many leases are decades old)
  • service charges and whether they have been collected
  • absent freeholders
  • residents' memoranda and articles of association

Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitors will make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Bexhill On Sea?

House being built

The average value of new builds in Bexhill On Sea is £134,498, according to local information gathered by the HM Land Registry. 2 new builds have been bought in Bexhill On Sea in 2018 so far.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Bexhill On Sea must be familiar with both local considerations and new build-specific issues, such as ensuring new estate roads are adopted and handling equity loan schemes.

Our highly qualified team of new build conveyancers are specialists in new build purchases and meeting short developer deadlines.

East Sussex Conservation areas

If you are planning to purchase a house in a conservation area in Bexhill On Sea, the property will need to meet any conservation area constraints. These building controls, called Article 4 Directions, could include:

  • A prohibition on roof terraces
  • Restrictions on the display of advertisements
  • Restrictions on the erection of outbuildings

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

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Bexhill On Sea's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Bexhill On Sea

Conveyancing for a property sale is simpler than when buying. The buyer's conveyancing solicitor undertakes detailed research on the home, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Bexhill On Sea acting for the seller essentially just collects any required paperwork and answers the buyer's questions .

How to reduce the risk of an abortive sale

Common obstacles, like excessive service charges or not being insurable, have the capacity to protract your move if not dealt with promptly.

It is usually recommended that vendors tackle any such problems head on.

Useful reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.


Conveyancing for a leasehold flat or house is significantly more involved in comparison with a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional tasks on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Bexhill On Sea. This can involve collating an up-to-date service charge statement, through to details of any slush fund for property maintenance.

It is highly recommended that the vendor contacts leasehold-specialist property lawyer as soon as is practicable to ensure any legal complexity is correctly handled.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for both sides?

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules restrict the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. A CLC-regulated conveyancer, however, can act for both parties.

You could contact a property solicitor firm in Bexhill On Sea to undertake your conveyancing, if a Quittance conveyancer is doing the legal work for the other side.


Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Bexhill On Sea

Reducing monthly repayments by finding a better rate of interest is primarily why people change lenders. There are other reasons, for example wanting to borrow more, or moving from a tracker to a fixed-rate.

Homeowners should be able to enjoy a better rate earlier by using a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Bexhill On Sea. They will work to reduce the processing time of the conveyancing. With the future of interest rates unclear, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to getting onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

To make sure that the parties' interests are protected, the property lawyer handling your remortgage will act for both you and your new lender.

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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