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Brighton has been named both the happiest place to live in the UK and the UK's hippest city. First developing as a seaside resort in the late 18th century, the city remains very popular today, both as a tourist destination and a place to live and work.

Offering a metropolitan lifestyle, but with the benefits of the seaside and within commuting distance of London, it has some of the best schools in the country. Property prices have increased by around 40% in the last decade, with the most expensive houses close to the marina costing almost £1.5m. More affordable homes are available in the Eastern and Hardwick Roads and Grove Hill areas.

Brighton conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Brighton and Hove City Council?

Brighton is situated in Brighton and Hove City Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Brighton and Hove City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1204.52
B £1405.27
C £1606.03
D £1806.78
E £2208.29
F £2609.79
G £3011.30
H £3613.56

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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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 Brighton conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Brighton offer services on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Your solicitor will work on a fixed fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will explain in detail what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your home sale or purchase goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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

Searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Brighton 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?

I am buying a leasehold property in Brighton - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in England or Wales can be complex. The numerous common problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like and unfair clauses in the lease.

Your conveyancing solicitor 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 a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much longer to conduct the conveyancing to sell a leasehold home,compared to the sale of a freehold property.

The buyer's conveyancer must review these documents, such as details of any breaches by other leaseholders. Delays are usually caused by the time needed by the solicitor to get these documents together.

It can take weeks to collect the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the managing agent, so your lawyer should start this process as soon as possible.

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

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

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build in Brighton can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancing solicitor in Brighton must be able to deal with things like investigating developer incentives, confirming Section 38 agreements and registering ownership with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and Build Assure.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve the best possible 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.

I am remortgaging a property in Brighton - 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 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Brighton will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Quittance's solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a flexible mortgage with the Nationwide Building Society or to a flexible mortgage with the Barnsley Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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