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County Durham Conveyancing: FAQs

The legal process for buying or selling a home can be daunting. We have put together a list of questions that County Durham conveyancing clients often ask us, to help you get your sale or purchase started. Please call us on 0800 022 4108 if you have anything you would like to discuss in more detail.

Buying property in County Durham

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Durham County Council in 2022?

County Durham is situated in Durham County Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Durham Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,468.95
B £1,713.77
C £1,958.59
D £2,203.42
E £2,693.07
F £3,182.72
G £3,672.37
H £4,406.84

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in County Durham?

Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by County Durham 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 County Durham

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in County Durham?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more protracted compared to a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional tasks on the part of conveyancing solicitors in County Durham. This can involve sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to a copy of the service charge budget for the current year.

In order to resolve any leasehold problems faster, It is recommended that you instruct a County Durham conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible.

Remortgaging in County Durham

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

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 1.25% (June 2022). A good County Durham remortgage solicitor will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Property lawyers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a flexible mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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Transferring equity in County Durham

Can Quittance help with a transfer of equity on my County Durham property?

A 'transfer of equity' will be required if the ownership structure of the County Durham property needs to be changed, or if the property is being given (gifted) to a child or relative. The legal process of transferring equity is different to the purchase or sale of the whole property. Your conveyancing solicitor can carry out the legal work for you for a guaranteed fixed fee. If you intend to remortgage at the same time as the transfer, we can complete the remortgage legal work in parallel.

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Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in County Durham

What are conveyancing disbursements?

Legal fees, such as the leasehold fee and mortgage fee, are paid to your solicitor or conveyancer for the work they do.

Disbursements are third-party costs, like Coal search fees or HMLR registration.

How much will my conveyancing legal fees be in 2022?

When you compare conveyancing quotes for your County Durham home move, check the fine print for potential extra fees and costs. An online quote should reflect everything required for standard conveyancing. Potential hidden fees could add £100s to your final bill.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General County Durham property lawyers FAQs

Are County Durham conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Some property lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your detailed quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your home sale or purchase completes.

If, for any reason at all, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of a No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take in County Durham?

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. Purchasing a leasehold flat can take weeks more to complete than freehold property because there is more to prepare.

Examples of delays might include anything from incomplete managing agent information to an unreachable freeholder.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in County Durham 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
  • County Durham experts
  • CQS-accredited panel solicitors
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