Brentwood conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Brentwood Borough Council?

Brentwood is situated in Brentwood Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Brentwood Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1106.76
B £1291.22
C £1475.68
D £1660.14
E £2029.06
F £2397.98
G £2766.90
H £3320.28

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Brentwood conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Our panel of property lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your move goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a house in Brentwood - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search liability

Occasionally the location of the property will warrant additional searches e.g. an HS2 search.

To see the total cost of searches on a Brentwood house or flat you can use our our online conveyancing costs 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. The legal work for leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold house because leasehold transactions involve more work.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an unresponsive landlord to missing leasehold documents.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Brentwood?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat is much more protracted in comparison with a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional tasks on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Brentwood, including collating all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the service charge budget for the current year.

To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold property, It is highly recommended that you instruct a conveyancer as early in the process as possible, and potentially before marketing the property,.

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

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

A solicitor in Brentwood will need to be qualified to handle things like working to tight developer deadlines, negotiating new build contracts and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Ward Cole.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancing solicitors are well versed in working with buyers towards 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.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Brentwood property?

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 Brentwood should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our conveyancers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with the NatWest or to a two-year discount with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender