Updated: October 12, 2018

Dawlish conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Dawlish

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid to your Dawlish conveyancing solicitor for handling the legal work for your move.

How are Dawlish conveyancing fees calculated?

Our solicitors work on a guaranteed fixed conveyancing fee basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Dawlish who work on a cost per hour basis. Your conveyancing quote will set out all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your property transaction has completed.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

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. These include costs like telegraphic transfer fees or Land Registry fees.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Dawlish cost in total?

Conveyancing solicitor fees in Dawlish should not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, specific extra searches, e.g. a mining search, may be necessary and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or surprises in the small print. For standard conveyancing transactions, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were considerably cheaper than the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Dawlish

Purchase conveyancing will require a conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such factors can range from a defective title (e.g. missing rights) to a boundary dispute affecting the mortgageability of the property.

The solicitor will report their findings back to the purchaser and their lender, find solutions to outstanding defects and other issues and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

This part of the article gives invaluable advice for homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Dawlish.

Your Dawlish conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before appointing a Dawlish conveyancing solicitor, it is vital that you check that they are on the approved solicitor panel of your lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from Halifax, Precise Mortgages or any other lender.

Your lawyer may be unable to act for your lender, because some banks and building societies are only prepared to work with a select group (often referred to as a 'panel') of firms.

If this is the case, the lender will need a second solicitor firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this alternative solicitor's fees. This can push back the completion date of the purchase.

Neglecting to check the lender panel membership of your conveyancing lawyer could mean serious delays.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all banks and building societies.

Teignbridge District Council searches and other searches

Property searches are questions submitted to public bodies by Dawlish conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your planned purchase. They include:

  • Local Authority (LA) search - includes the LLC1 Local Land Charge Register and CON29 Enquiry Form
  • Environmental search - describes hazards (such as historic flooding or mining subsidence) within 500m of the property. This search also identifies sites of contaminated land nearby.
  • Drainage & Water search - identifies whether the owner or local authority must pay for the maintenance of water mains and sewers
  • Chancel repair liability - some Dawlish property may still owe a liability to the local parish for repairs. Insurance can be taken out to protect against this risk.

More pertinent searches, such as a radon gas search or a more detailed plan search, may also be referred to in the standard searches.

Teignbridge District Council has a usual delivery time of 7 weeks for Local Authority searches. In these circumstances, faster personal searches will be advisable.

Planning permissions

Official Entries will also be obtained from the Land Registry by the conveyancing solicitor acting for the homebuyer. This will help to reveal potential planning issues. These issues could include restrictive covenants governing the use of the property or outbuildings missing from the title plan.

Teignbridge District Council Council Tax

As a homeowner in Dawlish, the applicable rate of council tax will vary depending on the value of the home (as assessed in 1991) and the number of people living in it. For instance for an average Band E home in Dawlish, the amount due would be £2,243 per year.

A conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish will inform a buyer of the property's band as soon as they are notified.

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 £1,682.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or if the property is owned by a charity and is unoccupied. Property constructed after 1991 is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band Teignbridge District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,223
B £1,427
C £1,631
D £1,835
E £2,243
F £2,651
G £3,058
H £3,670

Can you challenge the council tax bracket?

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

Valuation Office Agency
Broadwalk House
Southernhay West
Exeter
EX1 1TS
Devon

A homeowner can apply for their property to be reassessed. A refund may be due if the property is awarded a lower band.

Stamp Duty on Dawlish properties

When purchasing a home, stamp duty will probably need to be paid if the property is valued at over £125k.

Delays and penalties await those who mishandle the stamp duty administration process.

The vast majority of people will have their conveyancing solicitor complete the SDLT1 return on their behalf.

Quittance's investment in the latest case management system means that HMRC filing complications are a thing of the past.

This table sets out Stamp Duty Land Tax for typical property in Dawlish:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £249,778 £2,495.56
Average price (detached) £340,705 £7,035.25
Average new build £343,409 £7,170.45
Since 1st April 2016, buyers of second homes are subject to a 3% surcharge, even if the home is not rented out. Therefore, if a homeowner in Dawlish bought a second home for the average price of £249,778 the SDLT would be £12,488.90.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Dawlish

As from November 2017, first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000.

Conveyancing solicitors in Dawlish will confirm the correct calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Dawlish

New build site

The drawbacks of buying a leasehold property in England or Wales are generally well known. The many potential problems awaiting the unsuspecting buyer include unreasonable ground rents, onerous clauses in the lease and costly and undisclosed major works.

Misguided leasehold advice, from a property lawyer lacking in specialist knowledge, could have serious financial consequences.

If you intend to buy a leasehold property, a good conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, for example dealing with landlords, reviewing the lease itself (many leases are decades old) and leaseholder/freeholder disputes.

Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors will ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Dawlish?

House being built

6 new build homes have been bought in Dawlish in 2018 so far, according to the Land Registry. The average cost of Dawlish new build properties is £394,500.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish needs to be conscious of Dawlish-specific considerations and new build's added complexities, including handling deposits and verifying rights of easements.

Our award-winning team of conveyancers are specialists in meeting short developer deadlines and new build purchases.

Devon Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the residential property you are intending to buy is in one of Dawlish's conservation areas. If it is, the home is affected by conditions. Called Article 4 directions, these restrictions can include:

  • A prohibition on roof terraces
  • Restrictions on the display of advertisements
  • Restrictions on the erection of outbuildings

The local council can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed.

The local planning authority (LPA) for Teignbridge has designated conservation area status on certain areas of Dawlish. Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Dawlish.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Dawlish

The legal side of a sale of a home is less demanding than when purchasing. During the sale of a house or flat, the obligation is on the buyer to discover whether the property they are buying is mortgageable and free from legal issues.

On the other hand, when selling, conveyancing solicitors in Dawlish acting for the current owner need only respond to questions set by the buyer's conveyancing solicitor.

What measures can you take to give yourself the best chances of success?

Common obstacles, like excessive ground rent or a dispute with a neighbour, might protract the sale process if ignored.

You shouldn't ignore this and hope any such problems will go away. Instead, get legal advice and tackle it as soon as you can.

Further reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat or house is significantly more technical compared to a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Dawlish, and this could include requesting the latest service charge and ground rent statement or any documents pertaining to a variation of the terms of the lease.

Sellers are advised to find a property lawyer as soon as is practicable to mitigate (somewhat inevitable) leasehold delays.

What if Quittance is already acting for the other side?

A conveyancer regulated by the CLC can act for both the buyer and the seller. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale and purchase.

If you are buying or selling a property in Dawlish, and a Quittance solicitor is acting for the other side, you could instruct a property solicitor firm in Dawlish to carry out your legal work.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Dawlish

Whilst there are many reasons to consider remortgaging, people will generally remortgage their home to secure a preferential rate.

A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish will complete the conveyancing quickly, helping you get onto the lower rate earlier. With the base rate set at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when getting the mortgage rate you want.

It is critical that your property lawyer can act for your chosen mortgage lender. Our conveyancers are on the panel for all major UK lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a cashback mortgage with Santander or to a repayment mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, Quittance can help.

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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