Braintree conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Braintree District Council?

Braintree is situated in Braintree District Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Braintree District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1116.88
B £1303.03
C £1489.17
D £1675.32
E £2047.61
F £2419.91
G £2792.20
H £3350.64

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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 Braintree conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Braintree carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Quittance's solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will set out exactly 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 are covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in Braintree - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

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

On occasion the location of the property will warrant additional searches e.g. a flood search.

To check how much searches will cost on a Braintree property, use our calculator.

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

I am buying a leasehold property in Braintree - 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 many potential traps awaiting an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like unreasonable managing agent fees and excessive freehold premiums.

A good property lawyer 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 it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

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

The buyer's solicitor will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time it takes your lawyer to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should commence this even before a sale has been agreed, because these details could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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

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

The legal work for purchasing a new build in Braintree is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

An experienced solicitor in Braintree must be able to deal with things like handling the uncertainties of buying off plan, checking that any contracts allow for future 'common parts' maintenance and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Aedis.

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move 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 Braintree - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Braintree could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to an interest-only mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Yorkshire Building Society, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender