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Birkenhead lies on the Wirral, across the Mersey from Liverpool, and is connected to the latter by the Kingsway and Queensway tunnels and the famous Mersey ferry.

Shipbuilding remains an important part of the local economy, with contracts to supply parts for aircraft carriers and a royal research ship, The Sir David Attenborough, underway.

In February 2018, Wirral council confirmed a partnership with a private development company to form the new Wirral Growth Company, developing land across the borough and helping to create thousands of new jobs. As one of the project's priority areas, Birkenhead will see its market and town centre redeveloped.

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Birkenhead conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Wirral Metropolitan Borough?

Birkenhead is situated in Wirral Metropolitan Borough. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1155.81
B £1348.45
C £1541.08
D £1733.72
E £2118.99
F £2504.26
G £2889.53
H £3467.44

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Birkenhead conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Birkenhead provide legal services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house purchase or sale goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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

Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Birkenhead conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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?

I am buying a leasehold property in Birkenhead - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The numerous common problems lying in wait for an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and unreasonable lease extension premiums.

Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats can be seriously delayed.

The solicitor acting for the buyer must review these documents, including a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. The time needed by the seller's conveyancer to get these documents together is commonly the source of delays.

Your lawyer should start this process even before a sale has been agreed, as this paperwork can take weeks to collect if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact.

Read more:

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

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

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build home in Birkenhead can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancing solicitor in Birkenhead will need to be qualified to handle things like handling unreasonable delays, checking planning conditions have been fulfilled and .

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in working with buyers towards the best possible outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

Read more:

Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Birkenhead can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our property lawyers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a 100% mortgage with Birmingham Midshires or to a two-year discount with the Bank of Ireland, we can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender