Award-winning No Move, No Fee conveyancing for Eastbourne home movers
By Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
Updated: October 12, 2018
We offer 100% fixed conveyancing fees, and our focus on proactive communication means you will never be uninformed about the legal side of your move.
Whether you are buying or selling a property, and need conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne, our specialist no sale, no fee property lawyers are here to help.
Our no move no fee service means that if your move does not go ahead, you won't incur any conveyancing solicitors' legal fees at all.
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Poor licensed conveyancer or solicitor communication is often cited as one of the most stress-inducing elements of the home moving process.
The Law Society's CQS client charter prioritises conveyancing solicitors communicating better.
Despite this, inefficient communication is one of the most common complaints made by homemovers.
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Updated: October 12, 2018
Eastbourne conveyancing solicitor fees
No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Eastbourne
Conveyancing solicitor fees are the costs you pay conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.
Do Eastbourne conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?
Our conveyancers work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee basis with no nasty surprises in the small print, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne who offer services on an hourly-rate basis. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your sale or purchase goes through.
Are there any other costs?
You will need to budget for 'disbursements', in addition to conveyancing solicitor fees.
Disbursements are the costs and expenses a solicitor needs to pay out on behalf of a client. These include costs like landlord's notice fees or local authority searches.
How much will conveyancing in Eastbourne cost in total?
Eastbourne conveyancing fees 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. utilities searches, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.
With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises. For standard conveyancing transactions, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here
Conveyancing - Buying a property in Eastbourne
Beside the high chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, Eastbourne is a popular seaside town and resort. Its Victorian prosperity can be seen in its architecture, but the town now enjoys a broad economic base, hosting a wide range of industries.
Once famously a town for retirees, the population is now growing through an influx younger workers and families attracted to new employment opportunities in the town and its beautiful surrounding countryside and coast.
With affordable housing and plans to redevelop the town centre, Eastbourne looks set to continue to prosper.
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Conveyancing for purchasers
Purchase conveyancing will need the conveyancing solicitor in Eastbourne to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such factors are defective property title (e.g. grant of reservation of rights) and issues impacting on the future saleability of the home.
The property lawyer will feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer and their mortgage lender, assist in resolving any issues and make sure that the title is registered in the name of the new buyer.
This section of the article discusses the types of residential property which may be of interest to homebuyers who want conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne.
Your Eastbourne conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved
Before appointing a Eastbourne conveyancing solicitor, it is paramount that you confirm that they are on the panel of your mortgage lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from the Family Building Society, Barclays Bank or any other lender.
Quite a few mortgage lenders are only prepared to work with a selected list (known as a 'panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet stringent standards. If your solicitor is unable to act for your mortgage lender, the lender will need a different legal firm to carry out the legal work.
The buyer will be expected to pay this alternative lawyer's fees and the conveyancing process could take much longer.
Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.
- Lloyds Bank
- Barclays Bank
- HSBC Bank
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander Bank
- Nationwide Building Society
- Halifax Bank
- All UK lenders
Searches (Eastbourne Council)
Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made of public bodies by Eastbourne conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your new home.
Lenders also usually require property searches to be applied for. Required searches will include:
- Local Authority search - includes the LLC1 and CON29 which includes whether the property is in a smoke control zone
- Drainage & Water search - identifies water mains and sewers. This search also addresses whether the maintenance for these is the owner's responsibility.
- Environmental search - environmental issues that could adversely affect the property
- Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Eastbourne properties for local parish repairs.
More specific searches, such as a Crossrail search or a disadvantaged area search, may also be referred to in the initial search results.
The typical delivery time for Local Authority searches obtained from Eastbourne Council is 10 weeks. Your conveyancer will alternatively recommend using a faster search agent.
Your conveyancing solicitor will get official entries from the Land Registry, helping to identify potential planning issues. These issues could include that a restrictive covenant has been breached or discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan.
Eastbourne Council Council Tax
As a homeowner in Eastbourne, 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 Valuation Band B, for example, would owe annual council tax of £1,470.
Conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne will inform the purchaser of the property's tax band after this is confirmed by the searches.
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 £1,102.
Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example if the property is a second home then a 10% discount will be applied or if the property is armed forces accommodation. The Valuation Office Agency assign bandings for newly-constructed property, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.
|Band||Eastbourne Council Tax (2018)|
Does anyone ever challenge their valuation?
The Valuation Office Agency should reassess a property's band on request. To challenge your banding contact:
Valuation Office Agency
St. Annes House
2 St. Annes Rd
Stamp Duty on Eastbourne properties
Stamp duty is paid to HM Revenue & Customs by completing an SDLT1 form. The form is lengthy and complex.Stamp Duty Land Tax will need to be paid by the homebuyer on properties sold for more than £125,000.
Quittance Conveyancing is able to administer the SDLT process faster and more efficiently than ever, using integrated online systems.
See stamp duty examples for properties in Eastbourne:
|Average selling price (2017)||SDLT|
|Average price (detached)||£411,254||£10,562.70|
|Average new build||£373,164||£8,658.20|
Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Eastbourne
Since November 2017, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on properties valued over £300,000.
Eastbourne conveyancing solicitors will confirm the correct calculation is made.
Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Eastbourne
The drawbacks associated with buying a leasehold property should be a worry for purchasers of leasehold houses or flats. Exponential ground rents, unreasonable managing agent fees and unfair clauses in the lease are only some of the many traps lying in wait for the unsuspecting purchaser.
If you are planning to purchase a property with a lease, a competent conveyancing solicitor in Eastbourne will consider potential leasehold issues, such as sinking funds, annual statements of account and budgets for service charges and understanding regional and era-specific nuances of leases.
Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase with Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.
Buying a 'New Build' property in Eastbourne?
The average purchase price of a new build home in Eastbourne is £373,164, according to data gathered by the HM Land Registry. 18 brand new properties were purchased in Eastbourne last year.
A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Eastbourne must be aware of both local issues and the specific issues associated with new build, including confirming building regulation compliance, checking the suitability of new build insurance and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Building Zone and BOPAS.
Our specialist team of new build conveyancers deliver an accurate and truly impartial assessment of the legal title of the property, whilst being mindful of concerns like the home's subsequent marketability and an assessment of other risks, such as flood risk.
Your conveyancing solicitor will need to confirm if the property you are intending to buy is in a conservation area in Eastbourne. If it is, the home is affected by restrictions. These restrictions, called Article 4 Directions, could include:
- A prohibition on roof terraces
- Restrictions on the display of advertisements
- Restrictions on the erection of outbuildings
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 changes were made by the previous owner.
Park Close, Meads and Ratton are among the conservation areas in Eastbourne. Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Eastbourne.
Conveyancing - Selling a property in Eastbourne
Conveyancing for a sale of a house or flat is normally less troublesome than for a property purchase. When property changes hands, the obligation is solely on the buyer to confirm that the title of the property they are buying is legally sound.
When selling, conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne acting for the vendor effectively just answer the buyer's solicitor's formal enquiries.
What factors could threaten your sale?
A house or flat can face many possible issues (e.g. problems with a party wall agreement or previous or historic subsidence) which may delay your home move.
It is usually advisable for sellers to handle any such problems without delay.
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The legal work for a leasehold flat or house is quite a lot more complicated than for a more straightforward freehold house.
Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Eastbourne, for example requesting an up-to-date service charge statement or details of any breach of the terms of the lease.
To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold house or flat, it is strongly advised that the vendor contact a property lawyer as soon as possible, and potentially before going on the market,.
Can Quittance conveyancers act for the buyer and the seller of the same home?
A conveyancer who is regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, SRA rules ban the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale and purchase.
If you are buying or selling a home in Eastbourne, and we are doing the legal work for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Eastbourne to carry out your legal work.0
Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Eastbourne
By far the most common reason people remortgage their home is to get a lower interest rate. There are any number of other reasons to think about remortgaging, for example borrowing more to help pay for an extension, or getting on to a new fixed-rate deal.
Homeowners can benefit from a better rate sooner with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Eastbourne, accelerating the time taken to complete the process. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and possible rate rises on the horizon, fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when securing your preferred rate.
It is key that your property lawyer can also represent the new lender. Quittance Conveyancing are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Co-operative Bank or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Yorkshire Building Society, we can help.
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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