Updated: October 12, 2018

Crowborough conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Crowborough

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid to your Crowborough conveyancing solicitor for the legal work involved in moving home.

Do Crowborough conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Crowborough offer services on a price per hour basis. Some conveyancers will complete the work for a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee'). Our solicitors work on a No Sale, No Fee basis, with no unexpected, additional costs. Your quote sets out what you will pay when your sale or purchase completes.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

You must cover the cost of any 'disbursements', in addition to conveyancing solicitor fees.

Disbursements are the third-party costs that your conveyancer will pass on to you at the end of the conveyancing process. These include costs like landlord's notice fees or Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Crowborough cost in total?

Crowborough conveyancing solicitor fees will not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. As examples, specific extra searches, such as a historic mining search, may be necessary and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

For a standard home sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. There are no hidden costs or nasty surprises with Quittance Conveyancing. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's fees were cheaper - less than half the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Crowborough

As a key part of the legal work for a home purchase, the conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough will look into the property's title and report back in detail to the buyer and the lender.

After making their enquiries the lawyer will offer suggestions and advice and will offer pragmatic solutions and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

The following discusses the kinds of property that carry additional risk for buyers who need conveyancing solicitors in Crowborough.

Your Crowborough conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether your mortgage is with a niche lender like Accord Mortgages or a large lender such as the Scottish Building Society, before you appoint a Crowborough conveyancing solicitor it is very important that you make sure that they can act for your chosen lender.

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

Should this be the case, the lender will require a second solicitor firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this alternative lawyer's fees. This can frustrate or delay the process.

Serious delays can arise if you do not confirm your conveyancer's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all lenders.

Wealden District Council searches

Searches are questions asked of various bodies by Crowborough conveyancing solicitors to help uncover relevant information about the property being purchased.

These searches include the local authority (LA) search, drainage & water search, environmental search and chancel repair liability.

More pertinent searches, such as a highways search or an agricultural search, may also be referred to in the initial LA and Environmental searches.

Wealden District Council has an estimated turnaround time of 8 weeks for Local Authority searches. Faster personal searches (as opposed to official LA searches) will therefore be recommended.

Planning searches

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will request an Official Copy of the Title Register from HM Land Registry. This will help to highlight any planning issues, such as rights or restrictions on how the property may be used or a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan.

Wealden District Council Council Tax

Council tax is calculated by Wealden District Council on property value and the number of people living in the property. For example, for an average Band D house in Crowborough, the council tax due would be £1,935 per year.

A conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough will inform a buyer of the property's band after this is confirmed by the searches.

If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £1,451.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, e.g. if the property is a second home then a 10% discount will be applied or if the home is left unoccupied by a student. The Valuation Office Agency work out council tax bands for new build homes, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Wealden District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,290
B £1,505
C £1,720
D £1,935
E £2,365
F £2,795
G £3,225
H £3,870

Can I challenge my valuation?

Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

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

In 2016/17, 80 council tax challenges were made, of which 30 were upheld and the tax was reduced.

Stamp Duty on Crowborough properties

If your home costs more than £125k then you will have to pay stamp duty. The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will ensure that the Stamp Duty Land Tax is correctly calculated and is paid to HMRC. This occurs once the property sale has completed.

With Quittance you have the peace of mind that the SDLT1 return is completed correctly and quickly when your purchase completes.

See Stamp Duty Land Tax examples for homes in Crowborough:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £410,350 £10,517.50
Average price (detached) £552,904 £17,645.20
Average new build £335,999 £6,799.95

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Crowborough

Since the budget announcement in November 2017, if you are a first-time buyer, you only pay stamp duty on property valued at over £300,000 with relief up to £500,000 in some areas. Homeowners must pay a higher rate of SDLT when purchasing a second property. So if a second property was bought for £410,350 then the stamp duty total will be £32,828.00.

Crowborough conveyancing solicitors will confirm the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Crowborough

New build site

It is rarely a good idea to purchase a leasehold property if you are unaware of the implications. There are numerous technical issues that could be awaiting an uninformed buyer, including unreasonable lease extension premiums, spiralling ground rents and sub-letting restrictions.

Severe consequences can result from an inexperienced conveyancing solicitor's erroneous leasehold advice.

If you are planning to buy a property with a lease, a competent conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough will address aspects of leasehold, for example landlord/tenant disputes, current-year service charge estimates and sometimes ancient and arcane lease documents.

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease with our specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Crowborough?

New build site

5 new build houses and flats were purchased in Crowborough last year, (Land Registry figures). The average cost of Crowborough new build property is £335,999.

Buying a new build home can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. To prevent difficulties arising a conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough must be aware of local Crowborough factors and must consider a range of factors, such as dealing with failures to arrange warranty provider inspections and administering Help to Buy purchases.

Quittance Conveyancing deliver an expert assessment of the legal title of the house or flat, with close attention paid to issues ranging from the home's future resaleability to likely freehold acquisition traps.

East Sussex Conservation areas

Whether you are going to buy a period cottage or a Victorian terraced house, if the home is in a protected conservation area, any changes you can make to the home might not be allowed by Wealden District Council.

These restrictions, called Article 4 Directions, could include:

  • Conditions affecting frontal additions to the property such as a porch
  • General restrictions governing non-uniform additions or modifications
  • A prohibition on the erection of outbuildings

If a property is in breach, the local planning authority can instruct the owner to 'undo' the recent changes, even if the previous owner carried out the alterations.

The local planning authority (LPA) for Wealden has designated conservation area status on certain areas of Crowborough. Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Crowborough.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Crowborough

The legal process for a property sale is less demanding than for a purchase. When buying, caveat-emptor' means that the onus is solely on the buyer to determine whether the property they are purchasing can be mortgaged and is free from legal issues.

Conversely, with a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Crowborough acting for the person selling only need to answer questions set by the buyer's conveyancing solicitor.

What could put your property sale at risk?

Common issues, like being a listed building with non-compliant alterations or a dispute with a neighbour, can actually prolong the conveyancing process if left unresolved.

It is best not to procrastinate as it is highly unlikely that the problems won't be picked up. Instead, you should seek out professional help and deal with it ASAP.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Selling a leasehold property

The legal work for a leasehold property is much more complicated in comparison with a freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Crowborough must carry out additional work. This can involve obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to any details of any ongoing enfranchisement process.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related issues sooner, it is strongly advised that you instruct a lawyer as soon as possible.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both sides?

SRA rules prevent a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. Conveyancers who are regulated by the CLC, however, can act for both the buyer and the seller.

If you are buying or selling a Crowborough property, and a Quittance solicitor is doing the legal work for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Crowborough to carry out your legal work.

Local Crowborough conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Gladstones, 2 The Broadway, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1DF
  • Julie Roberts, 5 Pilmer Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2UF
  • Donaldson West LLP, Croham House, Croham Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2RW
  • G A Waite Solicitor, Holly Tree House, Old Lane, St. Johns, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1RX

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Crowborough

Saving money on a better rate of interest is usually the main reason why people decide to remortgage. There are other reasons, for example extending the mortgage term, or getting on to a new fixed-rate deal.

You should be able to enjoy a better rate sooner by using a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Crowborough, reducing the time the conveyancing takes to complete. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when getting on to the rate you want.

In order to certify that the parties' interests are protected, the property lawyer handling your remortgage will need to act for both you and the mortgage lender.

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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