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The county town of Essex, Chelmsford is considered to be within the London commuter belt, yet its employment opportunities mean there are as many people commuting in to the town as those travelling to London.

It was granted city status in 2012 and has become one of the most desirable places to live in the south-east, with good amenities and surrounded by attractive countryside.

Almost two-thirds of the population live in detached or semi-detached homes, but a wide diversity of other properties are available, with new-build developments regularly coming on-stream.

Outside the city boundaries are the pretty villages of Springfield, Writtle and Great Baddow, with their wide range of properties and amenities attracting young families.

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Chelmsford conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Chelmsford Borough Council?

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

Band Chelmsford Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1125.21
B £1312.74
C £1500.28
D £1687.81
E £2062.88
F £2437.95
G £2813.02
H £3375.62

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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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 Chelmsford conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Chelmsford carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your detailed quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your house sale or purchase goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your house 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 Chelmsford?

Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Chelmsford 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?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold property as there is more work involved and there are more parties involved.

Varied factors, such as out-of-date contact information for the freeholder or incomplete managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Yes, it can take considerably longer to carry out the legal work to sell leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see several leasehold-related documents. These could include a current statement of service charges and management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by the solicitor to gather this paperwork.

Your lawyer should start this process even before you have found a buyer, because these details can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent.

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

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

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

A conveyancing solicitor in Chelmsford must be able to deal with things like liaising with the builder's onsite sales team, confirming right of way over drains and sewers and working with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage HCI and Q Assure.

Our specialist team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve the best 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.

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

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Chelmsford remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a long-term fixed mortgage with Birmingham Midshires, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender