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The town of Bournemouth is the largest settlement in the county of Dorset, and lies between Poole and Christchurch at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast in southern England.

Its urban areas have the attractive buildings and pleasant open parks typical of a seaside town. Around 95% of the workforce are employed in the service sector, including tourism, banking and public sectors.

Previously voted the happiest place in the UK, its coastal location and proximity to the New Forest National Park make Bournemouth a popular place to live, keeping house prices higher than the UK average.

Bournemouth conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Bournemouth Borough Council?

Bournemouth is situated in Bournemouth Borough Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Bournemouth Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1145.47
B £1336.38
C £1527.29
D £1718.20
E £2100.02
F £2481.84
G £2863.67
H £3436.40

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

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Bournemouth?

Conveyancing fees include the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example HMLR fees or property searches. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Bournemouth are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is exactly what you pay

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

Searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Bournemouth conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. 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?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The legal work for a leasehold flat can take weeks longer than a freehold house as there is more to prepare and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or slow receipt of the managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Bournemouth?

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is a great deal more complicated than it is for a freehold home.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Bournemouth, including sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to looking into potential forfeiture proceedings.

To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold property, It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a lawyer as soon as an estate agent is chosen.

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

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build property in Bournemouth is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A solicitor in Bournemouth must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and ACHI/Vantage.

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in helping buyers get the best 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 Bournemouth property?

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

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

Conveyancers on the panel for all major lenders - so whether you are you are changing to a 95% mortgage with Santander or to a flexible mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, we can assist.

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