Updated: October 12, 2018

Brentford conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Brentford

Conveyancing solicitor fees are what you pay your Brentford conveyancing solicitor for the legal work involved in moving home.

How are Brentford conveyancing fees calculated?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Brentford will work on an hourly rate. Some conveyancers will complete the work for a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee'). We work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no hidden extras. Your conveyancing quote will set out what you will pay when your property transaction has completed.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also need to budget for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees that a property lawyer must pay to other companies during the process of buying or selling your home, such as managing agent fees or bankruptcy checks.

See: How much should conveyancing fees cost?

How much will the total Brentford solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Brentford conveyancing solicitor fees will not vary. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. As examples, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a Coal Authority search, may be necessary.

For standard conveyancing transactions, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or surprises in the small print. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Brentford

"Caveat emptor", or "buyer beware", was a fundamental principle of English property law. The 2008 Consumer Protection Against Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) have effectively abolished this rule, however, and it is still the duty of a buyer's solicitor to undertake due diligence on the property to be purchased.

A conveyancing solicitor in Brentford will make recommendations once their enquiries are complete, find solutions to outstanding defects and other issues and ensure that the full legal ownership is transferred.

The following section examines those parts of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Brentford requiring a deeper level of knowledge.

Your Brentford conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether you are obtaining a mortgage from Scottish Widows, Halifax or any other lender, before appointing a Brentford conveyancing solicitor it is critical that you make sure that they can act for your chosen lender.

A lot of mortgage lenders only accept a select group (often referred to as a 'panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet strict criteria. If a conveyancer can't act for your chosen lender, the lender will need a second law firm to carry out the legal work.

You will then have to cover this alternate lawyer's fees, and weeks could be added to the conveyancing process.

Delays can arise if you do not check your conveyancer's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all banks and building societies.

London Borough of Hounslow Council Tax

London Borough of Hounslow calculate council tax on Brentford homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). The occupier of a property in Tax Band B, for example, would owe annual council tax of £1,137.

A conveyancing solicitor in Brentford will inform the purchaser of the property's band once they are themselves notified.

If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £853.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. a 10% discount for second homes or if the home is left unoccupied by a student.

Band London Borough of Hounslow Tax (2018)
A £975
B £1,137
C £1,300
D £1,462
E £1,787
F £2,112
G £2,437
H £2,924

Can I challenge the council tax banding?

To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
2nd Floor
1 Francis Grove
London
SW19 4DT

From April 2016 to March 2017, 60 council tax challenges were made. 20 saw a subsequent reduction.

Stamp Duty on Brentford properties

Steep fines await those who miss the Stamp Duty Land Tax payment deadline. When purchasing a home, SDLT will probably need to be paid if the property is valued at over £125k.

Quittance Conveyancing's specialist post-completion team will ensure that the critical SDLT1 form is completed and submitted to HMRC without delay.

This table sets out stamp duty for average property in Brentford:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £524,686 £16,234.30
Average price (detached) - -
Average new build £574,266 £18,713.30

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Brentford

Since Nov 2017, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on properties valued over £300,000. If you already own another home or share in a home (including outside the UK)you will be subject to a higher SDLT rate of 3%. E.g. if a second property was bought for £524,686 then the SDLT including the surcharge would be £41,974.88. .

Conveyancing solicitors in Brentford should ensure the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Brentford

New build site

The potential risks of buying a leasehold property in the UK are well known. Increasing ground rents, costly and undisclosed major works and unfair clauses in the lease are only some of the many potential difficulties awaiting an uninformed buyer.

Erroneous leasehold advice, from an inexperienced conveyancing solicitor, can have serious consequences.

A experienced conveyancing solicitor in Brentford will address aspects of leasehold, e.g. :

  • reviewing the lease itself (many leases are decades old)
  • annual statements of account and budgets for service charges
  • reviewing correspondence between the freeholder and leaseholder
  • short leases

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property thanks to our team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Brentford?

House being built

1 new build properties have been bought in Brentford in 2018 so far, (sce: Land Registry). The average purchase price of Brentford new build homes is £575,000.

The legal side of acquiring a new build requires specialist knowledge, compared to 'standard conveyancing'. To avoid potential problems a Brentford conveyancing solicitor needs to be aware of local Brentford factors and needs to check numerous things, like working to tight developer deadlines and checking that any contracts allow for future 'common parts' maintenance.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are specialists in working to tight developer deadlines and helping new build purchasers obtain the best possible terms.

Conservation areas in London

Whether you are planning to buy a period cottage or an Edwardian house, if the house is in a protected conservation area, any planned alterations to the house may not be allowed by the local authority.

These restrictions, called Article 4 Directions, may include:

  • Limits on roof terraces
  • Restrictions on dormer windows
  • Needing consent to alter doors and guttering

If a property is in breach, you could be legally required (as the new owner) to pay for returning the property to a compliant state, even where the alterations were made by the previous owner.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Brentford.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Brentford

The legal side of a property sale is simpler than for a property purchase. For a house purchase, the obligation lies entirely with the buyer to verify that the house or flat does not have any legal issues.

With a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Brentford acting for the existing owner just answer the purchaser's enquiries.

Why do sales fall through?

Common hurdles, such as not being connected to the main sewers, can potentially prolong a sale.

It is generally a good idea that vendors face these issues head on and fix them.

Further reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is significantly more difficult than for a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Brentford must carry out additional legal work, such as obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to any details of any ongoing enfranchisement process.

Sellers are advised to get a lawyer as soon as an estate agent is chosen to reduce the impact of any leasehold-caused issues.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for the buyer and the vendor in a single transaction?

CLC-regulated conveyancers can act for both parties. However, SRA rules ban the same conveyancing solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale.

If you are buying or selling a house or flat in Brentford, and a Quittance solicitor is acting for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Brentford to carry out your legal work.

Local Brentford conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Anthony Holden Crofts & Co, Dock House, 79 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8AE
  • Ravi Sethi Solicitors LLP, Unit 1 Lighterage Court, 41 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0FT
  • Victoria & Co, 92 Brent Lea, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JE
  • Howe & Co, 1010 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9BA

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Brentford

Whilst homeowners consider remortgaging for a range of reasons, homeowners will usually remortgage their home to lower their monthly repayments.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Brentford can reduce the remortgage processing time, perhaps saving you from a payment or two at your old rate. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and possible rate rises on the horizon, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to getting the mortgage rate you want.

The property lawyer handling the remortgage should also be able to act for your chosen mortgage provider. Our conveyancers are on all major lenders' panels, so no matter whether you are changing to a tracker with the HSBC or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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