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Bradford's economy, forecast to be over £10bn in 2018, was founded on the wool trade. It is now home to several major industries, including textiles, banking, chemicals, engineering, electronics and manufacturing. The city enjoys a tradition of welcoming newcomers from throughout the world, and recently gained formal recognition as a City of Sanctuary.

Bradford is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside, and has the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire within its borough. Other cultural attractions include the National Science and Media Museum, the Alhambra theatre and Cartwright Hall art gallery.

As well as being crowned the UK's curry capital on several occasions, Bradford was made the first permanent UNESCO City of Film in 2009.

Bradford conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Bradford Metropolitan Council?

Bradford is situated in Bradford Metropolitan Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Bradford Metropolitan Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1048.61
B £1223.38
C £1398.15
D £1572.92
E £1922.46
F £2272.00
G £2621.53
H £3145.84

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs paid out on your behalf, such as HMLR registration fees and ground rent service charges. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our fees for buying or selling a house in Bradford are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no sneaky additional fees

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Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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

The standard pack includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

Occasionally the solicitor will advise further searches , for example a mining search.

To work out the total cost of searches on a Bradford purchase try our conveyancing calculator.

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How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying a leasehold flat typically takes longer than a freehold property as there are more parties involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from out-of-date contact information for the freeholder to missing leasehold documents.

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

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold house or flat usually takes longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and a current statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time it takes to gather this paperwork.

It can take a long time to gather these details if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent, so the solicitor should start this process as soon as possible.

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

The conveyancing for purchasing a new build home in Bradford can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A good solicitor in Bradford will need to be qualified to handle things like handling reservation fees, ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Protek.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers are experts in representing buyers to achieve the best possible outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

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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 Bradford - 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 0.1% (Jul 2020). A good Bradford remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our network of solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with the NatWest or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Skipton Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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