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Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the market town of Doncaster lies to the north-east of Sheffield, in South Yorkshire. Doncaster's geographical position with water and rail links enabled it to develop as a busy industrial centre, attracting large numbers of workers in the 19th century.

Doncaster's green spaces (there are around 60 woods and country parks all easily accessible from the centre), good transport links and regeneration plans are attracting new residents in search of affordable housing. The town has a good stock of Victorian and Edwardian housing, some divided into apartments near to the centre, and there are new-build developments in the surrounding suburbs.

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Doncaster conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council?

Doncaster is situated in Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1037.11
B £1209.97
C £1382.82
D £1555.67
E £1901.37
F £2247.08
G £2592.78
H £3111.34

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Doncaster conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Doncaster offer services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of property lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will explain in detail what the legal fees will be when your house purchase or sale goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a house in Doncaster which property searches will I require?

The standard pack includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Water search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

Sometimes the solicitor will advise specialist searches e.g. a mining search.

To check the total cost of searches on a Doncaster move, use our conveyancing calculator.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold house because there is more work involved.

Examples of delays might include anything from slow receipt of the managing agent information to an absent freeholder.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property typically takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor must review these documents, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time required by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.

It could take several weeks to collect this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property, so the seller's solicitor should commence this even before a sale has been agreed.

Read more:

Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

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

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Doncaster can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a 95% mortgage with RBS or to a two-year discount with the Dudley Building Society, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender