Updated: October 12, 2018

Derby conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Derby

Conveyancing solicitor fees are what you pay your Derby conveyancing solicitor for the legal work involved in moving home.

Are Derby conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Derby carry out the legal work on a price per hour basis, and other firms will work for a fixed fee ('No Move, No Fee'). Our solicitors work on a guaranteed fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no hidden costs. Your quote will set out what you will be charged when your house or flat sale completes.

What are disbursements?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also need to budget for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client. These include costs like office copies or bankruptcy searches.

See: A guide to conveyancing fees, costs and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Derby cost in total?

Derby conveyancing solicitor fees will not vary. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. For example, additional region-specific searches, such as a historic mining search, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

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. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here

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

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Derby

The city of Derby, traditionally the county town of Derbyshire, lies at the edge of the Peak District National Park. It is the UK's most central city - furthest from the sea.

One of the key birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, Derby is a now centre for advanced transport manufacturing, including aero engines, trains and cars. Wages are higher than average for the area and house prices are affordable, although the Derbyshire property market is experiencing a mini-boom, pushing prices up by around 9%.

Conveyancing for buyers

In carrying out the legal work for a property purchase, the Derby conveyancing solicitor will look into the legal ownership rights or 'title' of the property and feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer.

After making their enquiries the solicitor will make recommendations and will iron out any legal issues and register the title in the new owner's name.

This article considers elements of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Derby that warrant specialist knowledge.

Your Derby conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether you are getting a mortgage from St James Place Bank, Lloyds Bank or any other lender, before you select a Derby conveyancing solicitor you need to check that they are approved by your lender.

A lot of mortgage lenders will only accept a restricted panel of law firms. If a solicitor cannot act for your lender, the lender will require a second firm to complete the legal work.

The buyer will usually need to pay this alternative lawyer's costs, and the conveyancing process can take much longer.

Your property transaction could be threatened by failing to check your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved to act for all lenders.

Derby City Council searches

Searches are enquiries made of various authorities by Derby conveyancing solicitors to identify information and potential issues affecting your new home.

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

Additional searches, such as a Crossrail search or a more detailed plan search, may also be advised following the initial searches.

Derby City Council has an estimated processing time of 8 weeks for conveyancing searches, so your conveyancer will instead use a quicker local search agent.

Checking planning permission status

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will obtain an 'Official Copy of the Title Register' from HMLR. This will help to highlight planning issues, such as errors on the title plan or restrictive covenants governing the use of the property.

Derby City Council Council Tax

The council tax paid by a homeowner is based on various criteria e.g. the size and layout of the property and the value of the property. For example, a home in the Derby City Council area in Band C would pay £1,461 per annum.

Conveyancing solicitors in Derby will inform a purchaser of the property's band once this is confirmed by the searches.

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 reduces the tax due to 75% which would equal £1,096.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or if the property is armed forces accommodation. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) assign council tax bandings for new build properties, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Derby City Council Tax (2018)
A £1,096
B £1,278
C £1,461
D £1,643
E £2,008
F £2,374
G £2,739
H £3,287

Are you paying more than you should?

To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
Ground Floor
Ferrers House
Castle Meadow Rd
Nottingham
NG2 1AB
Nottinghamshire

A property owner can also apply for their property to be reassessed, and if the valuation is revised down, they may receive a refund.

Stamp Duty on Derby properties

Doing the SDLT1 form yourself is quite involved and not for the inexperienced.

If the purchase price of the house you intend to buy is over the £125k threshold, you must pay SDLT.

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

See examples for average local properties:

  Average selling price (2018 to date) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £203,738 £1,574.76
Average price (detached) £288,805 £4,440.25
Average new build £84,810 £0.00

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Derby

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300k. If you are buying a second home for in excess of £40,000 then you will have to pay a higher rate of 3%. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second property in Derby for the average price of £203,738 the SDLT would be £10,186.90.

Conveyancing solicitors in Derby will ensure the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Derby

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat without being aware of the facts is ill-advised. The numerous common problems lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include doubling ground rents, onerous clauses in the lease and undisclosed major works.

Poor leasehold guidance, from a conveyancer with little specialist experience, could have serious financial consequences.

If you are planning to purchase a leasehold home, a expert conveyancing solicitor in Derby will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, such as :

  • checking the lease itself
  • service charges and whether they have been collected
  • dealing with landlords
  • reserve funds

Make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase - Contact Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitor team on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Derby?

Building site

The average price for new build properties in Derby is £84,810. 25 new builds have been bought in Derby in 2018 so far.

Acquiring a new build is considerably more complicated than buying a 'secondhand' home. To prevent difficulties arising a conveyancing solicitor in Derby must be conscious of both region-specific issues and also must check a range of issues, including dealing with fast exchange timeframes and working to builders' exchange timelines.

Our award-winning conveyancing team specialise in helping the buyer get the best possible purchase terms and working to tight developer deadlines.

Conservation areas in Derbyshire

Whether you enjoy Tudor-style or Edwardian architecture, buying in a street located in a conservation area can ensure the local character is unlikely to change. However, conservation area restrictions will affect your house.

Called Article 4 directions, these conditions may include restrictions on the addition of boundary walls, restrictions on extensions normally within Permitted Development rights or restrictions on the addition of cladding.

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

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Derby's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Derby

The legal process for a sale of a home usually requires less work than for a property purchase. For a house purchase, the obligation is solely on the buyer to confirm that the home they are buying is legally sound.

With a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Derby acting for the vendor need only respond to the buyer's solicitor's questions.

What could jeopardise the sale of your home?

Obstacles, like a solar panel 'rent a roof' scheme or being a listed building with non-compliant alterations, can significantly frustrate the sale conveyancing process if they are ignored.

Generally speaking, you should handle these issues without delay.

Recommended reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold flats

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is significantly more difficult than it is for a freehold home.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Derby will usually undertake extra work, such as requesting an up-to-date service charge statement or any documents pertaining to a variation of the terms of the lease.

To reduce delays, it is strongly advised that the seller instructs a leasehold-specialist lawyer as soon as possible.

What if Quittance is acting for the other side?

A conveyancer regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, SRA regulations ban the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale and purchase.

You can contact a local Derby conveyancing solicitor firm to carry out your legal work, if a Quittance conveyancer is doing the legal work for the other side.

Local Derby conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Bradley and Jefferies Solicitors Limited, Lisbon House, 5-7 St Mary's Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3JA
  • Broadbents Solicitors LLP, 1st Floor, 25 Iron Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3GL
  • J H Powell & Co, Cathedral Chambers, Amen Alley, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3GT
  • Ashby Family Law Practice, 13 Cheapside, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1BR
  • Flint Bishop LLP, St. Michaels Court, St. Michaels Lane, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3HQ

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Derby

The most common reason people remortgage a home is to get a lower interest rate. Other reasons to think about remortgaging include getting on to a new fixed-rate deal, or consolidating debts.

You can benefit from a lower rate sooner by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Derby, working to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting on to the rate you want.

A property lawyer will act for both you and the new lender to confirm the lender's capital is 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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