Updated: October 12, 2018

Ealing conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Ealing

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid conveyancing solicitors in Ealing for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.

Are Ealing conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Ealing work on an hourly-rate basis, and other firms will work for a fixed fee ('No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your conveyancing quote will set out all fees and other costs 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 have to cover any '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 managing agent information or HMLR fees.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will conveyancing in Ealing cost in total?

Conveyancing fees in Ealing will not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, additional region-specific searches, e.g. a flooding search, may be needed and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. For a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is the fee you pay. Work out the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing calculator: Click here

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

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Ealing

Part of Greater London, the borough of Ealing is a district 8 miles west of Charing Cross station, with an easy commute into central London. Its significant commercial and retail centre means it has been identified as a major metropolitan centre within the London Plan, yet still there are plenty of parks in which to enjoy the open air.

Famous for its film studios and Blues Club, Ealing is a thriving base for filmmakers and musicians and its summer festival attracts top performance artists and bustling crowds.

Conveyancing for purchasers

As a key part of the conveyancing for a property purchase, a conveyancing solicitor in Ealing will examine the draft contract and investigate the legal ownership rights or 'title' of the property and report back in detail to the buyer and the lender.

Following their enquiries the solicitor will give advice and will find solutions to outstanding defects and other issues and ensure that the full legal ownership is transferred.

This part of the article examines the aspects of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Ealing necessitating specialist legal knowledge.

Your Ealing conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you select a Ealing conveyancing solicitor, it is very important that you make sure that they can act on behalf of your mortgage lender, whether you are obtaining a mortgage from Ahli United Bank, Santander or any other lender.

Your conveyancer may be unable to act for your mortgage lender, because some mortgage lenders will only work with a select panel of firms.

If that is the case, the lender will likely require a second firm to act in their interests, and you will then have to cover this substitute solicitor's costs. The additional work can mean the process takes much longer.

Your property purchase could be jeopardised by failing to check your lawyer's lender panel status.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel of all lenders.

Residential Property Searches (Barnet Borough Council)

Searches are applied for by Ealing conveyancing solicitors to help spot issues that might possibly undermine the value of the property you are buying.

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

Your solicitor will make you aware if your mortgage lender requires any further searches, e.g. a radon gas search or a more detailed environmental report.

The estimated processing time for property searches provided by The London Borough of Barnet is 15 weeks. Your conveyancer will alternatively recommend using a faster search agent.

Checking planning status

Office copies will also be obtained by the buyer's conveyancing solicitor, assisting with the identification of planning issues, such as discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan or restrictive covenants governing the use of the property.

London Borough of Barnet Council Tax

The council tax paid by a homeowner is based on a number of criteria e.g. the size and character of the property and the property's value as at 1 April 1991. The occupier of a property in Valuation Band D, for example, would owe annual council tax of £1,484.

Ealing conveyancing solicitors will inform a buyer of the property's band after this is confirmed by the searches.

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 £1,113.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, e.g. if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or where the property is uninhabitable.

Band London Borough of Barnet Tax (2018)
A £989
B £1,154
C £1,319
D £1,484
E £1,813
F £2,143
G £2,473
H £2,967
To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor Aspect Gate 166 College Rd
Harrow
HA1 1BH

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) should reassess a property's band on request.

Stamp Duty on Ealing properties

If your home costs more than £125k then you will have to pay SDLT. It is the responsibility of the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor to handle the tax return process for the purchase.

Quittance Conveyancing ensure that the complicated SDLT1 form is completed accurately and without delay.

See examples for average Ealing properties:

  Average sale price (2017) SDLT
Average price £577,224 £18,861.20
Average price (detached) £1,329,860 £76,736.00
Average new build £591,095 £19,554.75

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Ealing

Since Nov 2017, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on residential properties valued over £300k. If you own another home or share in a home (including outside the UK)you will be subject to an SDLT surcharge of 3%. So if a second home was bought for £577,224 then the stamp duty total will be £46,177.92.

Conveyancing solicitors in Ealing should ensure the correct amount is calculated.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Ealing

New build site

It is rarely a good idea to buy a leasehold home without understanding the implications. The numerous common problems lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and doubling ground rents.

Serious financial ramifications can result from a solicitor's failure to advise you correctly regarding your planned leasehold purchase.

If you intend to purchase a property with a lease, a experienced conveyancing solicitor in Ealing will consider possible leasehold issues, such as managing agent practices, checking the lease itself and reserve funds.

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

Buying a 'New Build' property in Ealing?

New build building site

13 brand new properties have been bought in Ealing in 2018 so far, according to local information gathered by HM Land Registry. The average price for a new build in Ealing is £654,796.

Acquiring a new build property can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. To prevent difficulties arising a conveyancing solicitor in Ealing must be mindful of local factors and will consider a range of issues, such as ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met and investigating road and drainage issues.

Our new build team specialise in working to tight developer deadlines and helping new build purchasers obtain the best possible terms.

Conservation areas

Whether you are a fan of Edwardian, Victorian or Tudor-style architecture, buying in a conservation area will usually mean that the local character is unlikely to drastically change. However, conservation area conditions will affect your residential property.

These constraints may include anything from restrictions on the addition of cladding, to restrictions on the style and height of boundary walls.

The local council can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing a flue.

Canalside, Montpelier Park and Acton Park are among the conservation areas in Ealing. Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Ealing.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Ealing

The legal process for a house sale is normally less troublesome than for a property purchase. With a property purchase, the principle of 'buyer beware' means that the onus is on the buyer to verify that the property they are buying does not have any legal issues.

On the other hand, when selling, conveyancing solicitors in Ealing acting for the vendor only need to answer the purchaser's enquiries.

What should you do to give yourself the best chances of success?

Frequently occurring issues, such as previous or historic subsidence or tree preservation orders, could slow or frustrate the conveyancing process.

Property specialists generally advise that sellers address any such problems immediately.

Recommended reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The legal work for a leasehold property is significantly more complicated than for a freehold house.

Conveyancing solicitors in Ealing will also need to carry out additional work, such as liaising with the management company to obtain the last 3 years' service charge accounts, through to details of common parts management.

It is highly recommended that you instruct a lawyer with leasehold experience as soon as possible, ideally before putting the property on the market, to speed up the handling of the legal work.

What if Quittance is already acting for the other side?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both parties. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority rules ban the same conveyancing solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale.

If you are buying or selling a home in Ealing, and a Quittance conveyancer is acting for the other side, you can contact a local Ealing conveyancing solicitor firm to carry out your legal work.

Local Ealing conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Everest Law Solicitors, 19-20 Central Chambers, The Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2NR
  • Fort & Co Limited, Saunders House, 52-53 The Mall, Ealing, London, W5 3TA
  • Ledgisters Limited, 41-41a Haven Green, Ealing, London, W5 2NX
  • Lewis Sidhu Legal Limited, Saunders House, 52-53 The Mall, Ealing, London, London, W5 3TA
  • Elliots Bond & Banbury, Shaftesbury House, 49-51 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, London, W5 5SA

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Ealing

Saving money on a better rate of interest is primarily why homeowners decide to switch lenders. There are other reasons, such as getting on to a new fixed-rate deal, or releasing funds to help kids get on the property ladder.

An efficient conveyancing solicitor in Ealing will complete the conveyancing quickly, meaning you move to your lower rate sooner. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting on to the rate you want.

It is crucial that the property lawyer handling your remortgage can act on behalf of your new mortgage lender. Quittance Conveyancing are on the panel for all major UK lenders. So whether you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with the NatWest or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, we 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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