Updated: October 12, 2018

Esher conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Esher

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the charges you pay conveyancing solicitors in Esher for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

Do Esher conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Esher offer services on a cost per hour basis, and other firms will work for a fixed fee ('No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a guaranteed fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no hidden costs. Your quote will explain all fees and other costs you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also need to budget for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees that a property lawyer must pay to other companies during the process of buying or selling your home. These include costs like bankruptcy searches or TT fees.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will the total Esher solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Esher conveyancing fees will not vary. There may, however, be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, council search fees will vary and additional region-specific searches, e.g. a commons registration search, may be needed.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are absolutely no hidden costs. For a standard conveyancing transaction, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's fees were cheaper - less than half the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Esher

A seller is now required to disclose issues that could affect the value or enjoyment of their property to the prospective buyer.

It remains, however, the duty of the Esher conveyancing solicitor to make enquiries about the property, report back in detail to the buyer and the lender, offer pragmatic solutions and register the new owner's title at the Land Registry.

The following offers advice for homebuyers searching for conveyancing solicitors in Esher.

Your Esher conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Regardless of whether you are obtaining a mortgage from Paratus AMC, NatWest or any other lender, before you select a Esher conveyancing solicitor it is paramount that you confirm that they can act on behalf of your chosen lender.

A lot of banks and building societies are only happy to work with a restricted group of legal firms that pass strict standards. If a solicitor cannot act for your chosen lender, the lender will require an alternative solicitor firm to complete the legal work.

The borrower will then have to cover this substitute lawyer's costs, and weeks could be added to the conveyancing process.

Failing to check your solicitor's lender panel status could jeopardise the sale.

Quittance Conveyancing are on the panel of all mortgage lenders.

Elmbridge Borough Council searches

Searches are submitted by Esher conveyancing solicitors to expose any broader issues that could possibly affect how much your property will be worth.

Searches are primarily performed to satisfy the conditions of the lender, and include the local authority (LA) search, environmental search, drainage & water search and chancel repair liability.

Homebuyers will be made aware if your chosen lender insists on any additional searches, such as a Crossrail search or a more detailed plan search.

Purchasers will have to endure a wait of roughly 5 weeks for conveyancing searches from Elmbridge Borough Council. A local search provider will be able to provide this information faster.

Planning documents

Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be applied for from HMLR by the conveyancing solicitor acting for the purchaser, helping to identify planning issues, such as rights or restrictions on how the property may be used or outbuildings lying outside the boundary.

Elmbridge Borough Council Council Tax

The amount of council tax a homeowner in Esher will pay to Elmbridge Borough Council will depend on the property's value and the number of residents. For example, a home in the Elmbridge Borough Council area in Band B would pay £1,449 per annum.

Esher conveyancing solicitors will inform the buyer of the property's 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 £1,087.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or if the home is left unoccupied by a student. Homes built after 1991 are assigned a band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

Band Elmbridge Borough Council Tax (2018)
A £1,242
B £1,449
C £1,657
D £1,864
E £2,278
F £2,692
G £3,106
H £3,727

Could I be overpaying council tax?

The Valuation Office Agency should reassess a property's band on request. Councils prefer that this be done within six months of buying a property. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
2nd Floor
1 Francis Grove
SW19 4DT

Stamp Duty on Esher properties

Steep fines await those who miss the Stamp Duty Land Tax payment deadline. If a house is purchased for £125k or less, no SDLT is payable. Above this, most homebuyers will need to pay SDLT.

Quittance Conveyancing use the latest case management integration with HMRC to avoid errors and ensure there are no late-filing penalties.

This table sets out stamp duty for average property in Esher:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £960,233 £39,773.30
Average price (detached) £1,436,340 £87,384.00
Average new build - -
Homeowners must pay a higher rate of SDLT when purchasing a second property. Therefore, if a homeowner in Esher bought a second property for the average price of £960,233 the SDLT would be £124,830.29.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Esher

For first-time buyers, stamp duty is only payable on purchases over £300k.

Esher conveyancing solicitors will ensure the right amount is calculated.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Esher

New build site

The potential pitfalls of purchasing a leasehold property should be a worry for leasehold property purchasers. The numerous common problems lying in wait for an uninformed buyer include reversionary interests and spiralling ground rents.

Serious consequences can result from a solicitor's failure to give good leasehold advice.

If you intend to buy a leasehold property, a good conveyancing solicitor in Esher will consider possible leasehold issues, for example :

  • reviewing the lease itself
  • service charge records from the last three years
  • managing agent practices
  • block management regulations that sit outside the lease

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease - Speak to Quittance Conveyancing's team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Esher?

New build site

- brand new properties -, according to data sourced by Her Majesty's Land Registry. The average price for Esher new build property is -.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Esher will need to be aware of regional considerations and new build's additional complexities, like handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and liaising with the builder's onsite sales team.

Our team of conveyancers specialise in helping new build purchasers obtain the best possible terms and working to developer exchange timeframes.

Surrey Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the home you are planning to buy is in one of Esher's conservation areas. If it is, the property is affected by constraints. These building controls, referred to as Article 4 Directions, can include a range of factors from restrictions on joinery colour choices, to restrictions on the removal of chimneys.

The local planning authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing a garden fence or gate.

The local planning authority (LPA) for Elmbridge has designated conservation area status on certain areas of Esher. Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Esher.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Esher

The legal process for a sale of a home is generally simpler than for a purchase. The purchaser must carry out extensive research on the property. In contrast, conveyancing solicitors in Esher acting for the vendor merely collects all documents and information relating to the property and replies to the solicitor's standard and additional enquiries .

What can vendors do to reduce the risk of an abortive sale?

Frequently occurring issues, such as problems with a party wall agreement or a problem with the roof, can actually hinder the conveyancing process if they are ignored.

You shouldn't bury your head in the sand as it is the buyer's solicitor's job to spot problems - a better course of action will be to speak to an expert and work to resolve it promptly.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Selling a leasehold property

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are rare) is significantly more complicated than it is for a freehold home.

Conveyancing solicitors in Esher must usually carry out further legal work, which could include contacting the landlord for service charge accounts, through to details of any disputes with the current leaseholder.

It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a lawyer as soon as possible to mitigate leasehold delays.

What if you are acting for the other side?

Conveyancers regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers can act for both the buyer and the seller. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent the same conveyancing solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale and purchase.

If you are buying or selling a Esher property, and we are acting for the other side, you could contact a property solicitor firm in Esher to carry out your legal work.

Local Esher conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Galloway Hughes LLP, Aissela, 46 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QY
  • Atkins & Co, Thames House, 77a High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QA
  • Audley Chaucer Limited, Bewley House, Park Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8NP
  • Owen White & Catlin LLP, A W Law, North Lodge, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9NP
  • Hunter Peddell Property Law, Oak House, 39/41 The Parade, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0PB

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Esher

Although there are many reasons to remortgage, homeowners will generally remortgage a home to reduce the monthly repayments.

Homeowners would typically benefit from a lower rate sooner by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Esher, working to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With the future of interest rates unclear, fast conveyancing can play a key role in securing the rate you want.

To make sure that the mortgage provider's interests are protected, a property lawyer will act for both you and the new lender.

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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