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Dorset conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in West Dorset District Council?

Dorset is situated in West Dorset District Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Dorset Council UA Council Tax (2021/22)
A £1,412.57
B £1,648.00
C £1,883.43
D £2,118.86
E £2,589.72
F £3,060.57
G £3,531.43
H £4,237.72

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Dorset?

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the taxes and additional costs paid out on your behalf, such as HMLR fees or indemnity policies. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Dorset are fixed, which means that what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Dorset sale or purchase

Our conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Dorset sale or purchase.

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I'm purchasing a property in Dorset - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search

On occasion the solicitor will recommend further searches , for example a radon gas search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a Dorset move try our calculator.

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

is more complicated than buying a freehold. The many potential problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.

Your conveyancing 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 the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property usually takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor must review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as a current statement of service charges. Delays are usually caused by the time required by the solicitor to source this information.

Your solicitor ought to start this process before a buyer has even been found, because this paperwork could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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I am remortgaging a property in Dorset - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.1% (Jan 2021). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Dorset will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Quittance's solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a tracker with Britannia or to a two-year discount with the Swansea Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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I want to transfer equity in my Dorset property - how does this work?

A 'transfer of equity' will be required if the ownership structure of the Dorset property needs to be changed, or if the property is being given (gifted) to a child or relative. The legal process of transferring equity is different to the purchase or sale of the whole property. Our panel of conveyancing solicitors can carry out the legal work for you for a guaranteed fixed fee. If you intend to remortgage at the same time as the transfer, we can complete the remortgage legal work in parallel.

How can Quittance help?

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Dorset, our panel of expert conveyancing solicitors can help.

We aim to deliver a stress-free moving experience. We focus on proactive communication to help drive your sale or purchase forwards.

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