Updated: October 12, 2018

Crawley conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Crawley

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid to your Crawley conveyancing solicitor for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

Do Crawley conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Crawley work on a fees per hour basis, and other firms will work for a fixed fee ('No Move, No Fee'). We work on fixed legal fees (known as 'No Sale, No Fee' or 'No Move, No Fee'), with no hidden costs. Your quote will set out what fees you will need to pay when your house or flat sale completes.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to the legal fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf, such as ID checks or bankruptcy checks.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Crawley cost?

Although conveyancing fees in Crawley will be the same as anywhere else in the country, there can be variation in the disbursements required. For example, council search fees will vary and specific extra searches, such as a commons registration search, may be necessary.

For a standard home sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance, there are no hidden fees or surprises in the small print. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Crawley

Crawley's location in West Sussex on the main London to Brighton road helped it develop as a market town, particularly in the 19th century. The opening of Gatwick airport brought further prosperity and in 1946, Crawley was designated for development as a new town, absorbing the nearby districts of Ifield, Pound Hill and Three Bridges.

Thanks to good transport links - the journey to Victoria or London Bridge takes less than 45 minutes - and good value property prices, Crawley earned the title of the most successful commuter town in East or West Sussex.

House prices have surged in the last 5 years, as more families seek to move to the area, and the trend looks set to continue.

Conveyancing for home buyers

When carrying out the conveyancing for the purchase of a house or flat, the conveyancing solicitor in Crawley will examine the draft contract and investigate the legal ownership rights or 'title' of the property and make their "report on title".

Following their enquiries the solicitor will offer suggestions and advice and will deal with any legal issues and ensure that the change of ownership is registered at the Land Registry.

This section examines those types of property that could involve extra risk for homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Crawley.

Your Crawley conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Irrespective of whether you are taking out a mortgage from Hampden & Co, Barclays Bank or any other lender, before selecting a Crawley conveyancing solicitor it is critical that you make sure that they are on the panel of your lender.

Your solicitor may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your lender, because some mortgage lenders will only accept a selected list (their 'panel') of legal firms that meet strict criteria.

Under these circumstances, the lender will likely need a different law firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this alternate lawyer's costs. Adding another solicitor to the process can delay the whole purchase.

Not checking your property lawyer's lender panel status can mean significant delays.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.

Residential Property Searches (Crawley Borough Council)

Property searches are enquiries made by Crawley conveyancing solicitors to provide information about your new home.

Banks and building societies typically also require conveyancing search packs to be purchased. Required searches will include:

  • Local Authority search - reveals issues like whether the adjoining road and pavement are publicly maintained
  • Drainage & Water search - covers the location of water pipes and drains, and reveals if the upkeep for these falls on the owner or local council.
  • Environmental search - covers environmental issues within 500m of the property, including flooding, mining subsidence and the proximity of landfill and contaminated land sites.
  • Chancel repair liability - some Crawley property may still owe a liability to the local parish for repairs. Insurance can be taken out to protect against this risk.

Further searches, such as a radon gas search or a mining search, may also be referred to in the standard search results.

Crawley Borough Council has an approximate processing time of 3 weeks for searches. Your conveyancer will recommend using a faster search agent.

Planning permissions

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor also retrieves the Title Register from the Land Registry. This will help to identify planning issues. These issues could include outbuildings lying outside the boundary or limits on the development of the property.

Crawley Borough Council Council Tax

The amount of council tax a homeowner in Crawley will pay to Crawley Borough Council will depend on the property's value and the number of residents. For instance the occupier of a Band C property in the Crawley Borough Council area would pay annual council tax of £1,496.

A conveyancing solicitor in Crawley will inform the purchaser of the property's band once they are made aware.

If the property is unoccupied for 2 years or more, an additional premium of 50% may be applied to the council tax. Single person discount (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,122.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example where the home is empty or unfurnished for a maximum of 60 days or if an occupier is an apprentice school leaver or YTS trainee. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) work out council tax bands for newly-constructed property, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Crawley Borough Council Tax (2018)
A £1,122
B £1,309
C £1,496
D £1,683
E £2,057
F £2,431
G £2,804
H £3,365

What to do if you suspect your new home is incorrectly valued

It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 30 council tax challenges were made. 10 saw a reduction. To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
First Floor
Warwick House
67 Station Rd
Redhill
RH1 1DL
Surrey

Stamp Duty on Crawley properties

The SDLT1 form is seven pages long, and HMRC fines those who delay in completing and returning it. If you are buying a property in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you will usually need to pay SDLT.

Quittance Conveyancing is able to administer the SDLT process faster and more efficiently than ever, using integrated online systems.

See examples for average Crawley properties:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £302,726 £5,136.30
Average price (detached) £475,211 £13,760.55
Average new build £324,407 £6,220.35
Following the autumn statement, second home buyers have had to pay a 3% surcharge. Therefore, if a homeowner in Crawley bought a second home for the average price of £302,726 the SDLT would be £24,218.08.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Crawley

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300k.

Conveyancing solicitors in Crawley will ensure their client pays the right amount.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Crawley

New build site

The potential risks associated with purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK are well documented. There are any number of potential traps that may be lying in wait for an uninformed buyer, including:

  • exponential ground rents
  • freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders
  • costly and undisclosed major works
  • sub-letting restrictions
Inaccurate leasehold advice, from an inexperienced lawyer, could have serious financial implications.

A specialist conveyancing solicitor in Crawley will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, e.g. checking the lease itself, dealing with freeholders and current-year service charge estimates.

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Crawley?

New build building site

According to data compiled by the Land Registry, the average cost of new build properties in Crawley is £283,173. 11 new build homes have been bought in Crawley in 2018 so far.

Acquiring a new build property is generally more complex than 'standard conveyancing'. Therefore a conveyancing solicitor in Crawley must be mindful of local considerations and will consider a range of issues, including investigating developer incentives and verifying rights of access.

Our highly qualified new build conveyancing team are experts in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and meeting short developer deadlines.

Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the home you are intending to buy is in a conservation area in Crawley. If it is, the house could be affected by certain restrictions. Referred to as Article 4 directions, these building controls can include restrictions on VELUX windows, general restrictions governing the use of non-traditional materials or restrictions on the erection of outbuildings.

The local planning authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing wall render or paint.

Crawley conservation areas include Ifield Village, Worth and Dyers Almshouses. Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Crawley.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Crawley

The legal process for a property sale is more straightforward than for a property purchase. The buyer carries out detailed research into the property and its legal title, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Crawley acting for the seller mostly just collates information and answers the purchaser's enquiries .

What factors could threaten your sale?

Homes can face a range of legal issues (e.g. not having suitable right of way or having a defective lease) that can endanger the sale process.

It is not recommended that you put off finding a solution, hoping the issue will fix itself. Instead, speak to an expert, face the issues head on, and find a solution promptly.

Useful reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The legal work for a leasehold flat is much more protracted than for a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Crawley will need to conduct additional legal work. This can involve sourcing all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the building's asbestos survey (if required).

Sellers are advised to contact a property lawyer as soon as an estate agent is chosen to mitigate (somewhat inevitable) leasehold delays.

What if you are acting for the other side?

SRA rules ban the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale. However, CLC-regulated conveyancers, can act for both sides.

If you are buying or selling a property in Crawley, and we are doing the legal work for the other side, you may want to instruct a property solicitor firm in Crawley to undertake your legal work.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Crawley

Although people consider remortgaging for a range of reasons, people generally remortgage to get a better interest rate.

Homeowners can appreciate the benefits of a better rate sooner with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Crawley. With rate rises anticipated, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to getting on to the rate you want.

The property lawyer will represent both you and the bank or building society, in order to confirm the parties' interests are protected.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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