Dorchester conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in West Dorset District Council?

Dorchester is situated in West Dorset District Council. Council tax bands are:

Band West Dorset District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1283.69
B £1497.63
C £1711.58
D £1925.53
E £2353.43
F £2781.32
G £3209.22
H £3851.06

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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 Dorchester conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Dorchester carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your detailed quote will set out exactly what the legal fees will be when your move goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your move does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Dorchester?

Conveyancing searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Dorchester conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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

I am buying a leasehold property in Dorchester - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential problems lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like and onerous covenants.

A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's conveyancer will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include details of any breaches by other leaseholders and a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. The time required by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

It can take weeks to collect the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer.

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

I am buying a new build property in Dorchester - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing for purchasing a new build home in Dorchester .

A property lawyer in Dorchester must be able to deal with things like checking the suitability of new build insurance, confirming building regulation compliance and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and ICW.

Our highly experienced team of new build conveyancing solicitors are well versed in helping buyers get the best possible outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Dorchester remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are moving to an offset mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, Quittance can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender