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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

We have compiled a list of conveyancing questions often asked by Bristol clients. If you have a specific question you would like to discuss, you can call us and speak to a member of our friendly conveyancing team.

Buying property in Bristol

How much Council Tax must I pay for a property in Bristol City Council in 2022?

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

Band Bristol Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,486.91
B £1,734.73
C £1,982.55
D £2,230.37
E £2,726.01
F £3,221.64
G £3,717.28
H £4,460.74

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Are you paying more Council Tax than you should be?

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?

Selling property in Bristol

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.

Remortgaging in Bristol

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 1.25% (June 2022). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Bristol will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

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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Transferring equity in Bristol

Will I need a solicitor if I am transferring equity in my Bristol home?

Transferring equity in a residential property can be complicated. Most people complete the transfer process through a conveyancing solicitor.

Your solicitor will advise on the options for joint ownership, complete the HM Land Registry paperwork, and deal with Stamp Duty (SDLT). The solicitor can also handle the legal work for your remortgage if necessary.

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Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Bristol

What are conveyancing disbursements?

A key difference between conveyancing fees and disbursements is who they are paid to.

Legal fees are paid to your solicitor for the work they do, whereas disbursements are paid through your solicitor to third parties like HMRC.

How much should I be paying in conveyancing legal fees in 2022?

Hidden fees and potential additional costs could unexpectedly add to your final conveyancing bill, so when you are comparing Bristol conveyancing quotes, you should check what each quote does include. If a fee is included in one online quote but not another, check the small print.

If you are buying a leasehold property, with Help to Buy, or a share of freehold, check if there is an additional charge for this extra work.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General Bristol property lawyers FAQs

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.

Your expert solicitor will 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 a No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

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.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Bristol and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

  • No Move, No Fee Guarantee
  • Fixed fee conveyancing service
  • Bristol experts
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