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Bordering the rural counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire, Bristol won the EU's prestigious European Green Capital Award in 2015. It has also been twice named by the Sunday Times as the best city in Britain in which to live - most recently in 2017.

The city enjoys a dynamic economy built on creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and its renovated city-centre docks make it an important destination for those interested in the UK's maritime heritage and culture. Demand for properties is high and this is reflected in a higher-than-average growth in values over the last 5 years.

Bristol conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Bristol City Council?

Bristol is situated in Bristol City Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Bristol City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1260.73
B £1470.86
C £1680.98
D £1891.10
E £2311.34
F £2731.59
G £3151.83
H £3782.20

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Bristol conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Bristol offer services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of expert solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will explain what you will pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with 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 Bristol?

Searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Bristol conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying a leasehold home can take weeks more to complete than a freehold home because there is more to prepare and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an unresponsive landlord to slow delivery of managing agents' documents.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

I am selling a leasehold property in Bristol - what do I need to know?

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are rare) is a great deal more technical than it is for a freehold home.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Bristol must undertake additional tasks, for example sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to ascertaining if the incoming lessee (i.e. the seller) is required to buy a share in the building's management company.

In order to resolve any leasehold problems faster, It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a lawyer as soon as is practicable.

I am remortgaging a property in Bristol - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Bristol will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Quittance's solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a 100% mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Furness Building Society, we can assist.

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