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With a population of around 1.1m, the city of Birmingham is the second largest and most populous city in the UK, with 6 universities and several major cultural organisations adding to its vibrancy.

According to research carried out for the 2017 Good Growth for Cities index, a wave of regeneration projects - including a city centre facelift - has made this West Midlands city the most rapidly improving city in which to live and work.

Birmingham's economy is forecast to receive a further economic boost through hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Birmingham conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Birmingham City Council?

Birmingham is situated in Birmingham City Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Birmingham City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1006.82
B £1174.62
C £1342.43
D £1510.23
E £1845.84
F £2181.44
G £2517.05
H £3020.46

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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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 Birmingham conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Birmingham carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a home in Birmingham - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

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

On occasion the solicitor will advise additional searches , for example a British waterways search.

To work out the price of searches on a Birmingham house or flat, use our calculator.

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

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying a leasehold home can take weeks longer than freehold property because leasehold transactions involve more work.

Examples of delays might include anything from missing leasehold documents to an unresponsive landlord.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property can take much longer.

The buyer's conveyancer must review these documents. These could include three years' filed accounts for the property management and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time needed by the solicitor to source this information is commonly the source of delays.

It can take weeks to collect these details if the landlord or managing agent is slow or difficult to contact, so your conveyancing solicitor should start this process as soon as possible.

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

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

The conveyancing for buying a new build in Birmingham .

An experienced solicitor in Birmingham will need to be qualified to handle things like checking the suitability of new build insurance, dealing with incomplete service connection agreements and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Ark Residential.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in helping buyers get 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.

I am remortgaging a property in Birmingham - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Birmingham will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Conveyancing solicitors on the panel for all major lenders - so whether you are you are changing to a 100% mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a two-year discount with the Darlington Building Society, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender