Updated: October 12, 2018

East Grinstead conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in East Grinstead

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay to conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead for handling the legal work for your move.

How are East Grinstead conveyancing fees calculated?

Some conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead will work on a cost per hour basis, while other property lawyers will work for a fixed fee (known as 'No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no hidden costs. Your quote explains all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your house or flat sale completes.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

You will have to pay any 'disbursements', in addition to conveyancing solicitor fees.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes the conveyancing solicitor will have to pay to other organisations as part of the house-buying and selling process, such as leasehold information packs or HMLR fees.

See: How much should conveyancing fees cost?

How much will conveyancing in East Grinstead cost in total?

Though conveyancing fees in East Grinstead will be the same as anywhere else in the country, there can be variation in the disbursements required. As examples, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a commons registration search, may be necessary.

There are no hidden fees or nasty surprises with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard conveyancing transaction, the conveyancing fee 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 average solicitors' fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in East Grinstead

Caveat emptor, (Latin for "let the buyer beware"), was the legal principle of English property law. Since the repeal of the Property Misdescriptions Act in 2013, this rule no longer applies. However, a purchaser must still investigate the house or flat they plan to buy.

The conveyancing solicitor in East Grinstead will offer professional advice following their enquiries, assist in resolving any issues and register the new owner's title at the Land Registry.

The following section examines those parts of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead needing a deeper level of knowledge.

Your East Grinstead conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Homebuyers can select from a wide range of mortgage providers, from a major lender such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, to a niche lender like Scottish Widows. Before appointing a conveyancing solicitor in East Grinstead, it is essential that you check that they are approved by your chosen lender.

The majority of lenders are only prepared to work with a select group (often referred to as a 'panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers. If your conveyancer is unable to act for your chosen lender, the lender will require a different law firm to complete the legal work.

The buyer will then have to cover this substitute solicitor's fees and significant delays to your move could occur.

Not checking the lender panel membership of your property lawyer can mean serious delays.

Our conveyancing solicitors are approved members of all lender panels.

Mid Sussex District Council searches

Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made by East Grinstead conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting the home you want to buy.

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

You will be informed if your mortgage lender requires any further searches, e.g. an HS2 search or a more detailed environmental report.

Purchasers can expect a lead time of roughly 6 weeks for Residential property searches supplied by Mid Sussex District Council, so your solicitor will instead order faster regulated searches.

Ensuring planning permission is in place

Office copies will also be sourced from the Land Registry by your conveyancing solicitor. This will help to expose any planning issues, such as the title plan showing only very general boundaries or restrictions that limit alterations.

Mid Sussex District Council Council Tax

As a homeowner in East Grinstead, the applicable rate of council tax will vary depending on the value of the home (as assessed in 1991) and the number of people living in it. The occupier of a property in Band E, for example, would owe annual council tax of £2,094.

East Grinstead conveyancing solicitors will inform a buyer of the property's tax band once they are made aware.

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 £1,571.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or where the property was left empty by a bankrupt person. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) work out bandings for new build properties, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Mid Sussex District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,142
B £1,333
C £1,523
D £1,714
E £2,094
F £2,475
G £2,856
H £3,427

Can I dispute my council tax rate?

It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 60 council tax challenges were made, and 30 resulted in a reduction. To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
First Floor
Warwick House
67 Station Rd
Redhill
RH1 1DL
Surrey

Stamp Duty on East Grinstead properties

Given the complexity of the SDLT1 tax return form, only the brave would attempt to complete and file this with HMRC without a conveyancing solicitor's help.

If a house is purchased for £125k or less, no Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable. Above this, most homebuyers will need to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax.

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

See table below for SDLT examples for properties in East Grinstead:

  Average selling price (2018 to date) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £424,677 £11,233.85
Average price (detached) £665,733 £23,286.65
Average new build £280,750 £4,037.50
Following a change in April 2016, a stamp duty surcharge of 3% is applied for purchases of additional property. So if a second home was bought for £424,677 then the stamp duty total will be £33,974.16.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in East Grinstead

Relief is available on home purchases below £300,000 for first-time buyers with reduced rates up to £500,000.

Conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead will confirm the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in East Grinstead

New build site

It has been recently reported that over 100,000 UK property owners are trapped by property leases with problematic lease terms. There is a wide range of sometimes obscure legal issues that may be lying in wait for an uninformed buyer, including exponential ground rents and short leases.

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

If you are planning to purchase a house or flat with a lease, a specialist conveyancing solicitor in East Grinstead will address aspects of leasehold, including reviewing correspondence between the freeholder and leaseholder, reviewing the lease itself and the implications of the remaining length of the lease.

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease thanks to our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team.

Buying a 'New Build' property in East Grinstead?

House under construction

According to data gathered by Her Majesty's Land Registry, the average price for new builds in East Grinstead is £280,750. 1 brand new homes have been bought in East Grinstead in 2018 so far.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in East Grinstead must be mindful of regional considerations and new build's added complexities, e.g. handling the uncertainties of buying off plan and dealing with incomplete service connection agreements.

Our new build conveyancing team specialise in working to tight developer deadlines and representing buyers to achieve the best outcome.

West Sussex Conservation areas

Purchasing property in a street located in a conservation area can ensure the local character is unlikely to change. However, conservation area restrictions will affect your residential property.

Referred to as Article 4 directions, these building controls could include restrictions on VELUX windows, restrictions on the erection of outbuildings or restrictions on the display of advertisements.

If a property is in breach, the owner could be required by law to pay for the property to be changed back to the state it was in before the recent alterations, even if the previous owner was responsible for the changes.

The local planning authority (LPA) for Mid Sussex has designated conservation area status on certain areas of East Grinstead. Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of East Grinstead's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in East Grinstead

The legal process for a house sale is much easier than for a purchase. For a house purchase, the principle of 'buyer beware' means that the onus is on the buyer to discover whether the property's title does not have any legal issues.

When selling, conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead acting for the person selling only need to answer the buyer's solicitor's questions.

What should you do to reduce the risk of an abortive sale?

Common issues, like a complex 'Green Deal', could jeopardise the sale process if not handled appropriately.

Don't ignore the issue and hope any such problems will go away - get advice instead, square up to the issue(s), and find a solution as early as possible.

Further reading:

Read more sale conveyancing articles here.

Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is a great deal more complicated than for a freehold property.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in East Grinstead, and this could include sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement or the minutes of the last AGM (if there is a management company).

It is recommended that you instruct a leasehold specialist as soon as possible to reduce delays.

What if you are already acting for the other side?

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules restrict a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. CLC-regulated conveyancers, however, can act for both sides.

If you are buying or selling a East Grinstead home, and a Quittance conveyancer is carrying out the legal work for the other side, you may want to instruct a property solicitor firm in East Grinstead to undertake your legal work.

Local East Grinstead conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Mason & Beer, 6 High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3AP
  • Waughs, Clarendon House, Judges Terrace, High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3AD
  • Buss Murton Law LLP, Crown Lodge, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3BJ
  • Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP, The Studio, 43-45 Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3BL
  • Hodkin & Company, 42-44 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2NS

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in East Grinstead

The most common reason people remortgage is to reduce the monthly repayments. There are a number of other reasons to think about remortgaging, such as switching from interest-only to repayment, or extending the mortgage term.

Homeowners should be able to enjoy a better rate earlier with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in East Grinstead, shortening the time the conveyancing takes. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when getting onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

It is important that the property lawyer handling your remortgage can act on behalf of the new mortgage lender. Our conveyancers are on the panel for all major lenders. So whether you are moving to a tracker with Lloyds Bank or to a two-year discount with the Yorkshire Bank, Quittance 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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