Local information

One of the Home Counties, Essex lies to the north east of London, bordering Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Much of the county is rural, protected from London sprawl by the Metropolitan Green Belt. Its only city (and its county town) is Chelmsford, other urban areas include Harlow and Basildon new towns, Colchester, the port of Tilbury and the resort of Southend-on Sea.

For those wanting a quieter life there are several pretty towns and villages, including Tillingham, Tollesbury, Thaxted and Manningtree. Ingatestone, Audley End and Ockendon are popular with commuters, with journey times to London taking as little as half an hour.

Essex conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Essex County Council?

Essex is situated in Essex County Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band London Borough of Havering Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1105.37
B £1289.60
C £1473.83
D £1658.06
E £2026.52
F £2394.98
G £2763.43
H £3316.12

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, e.g. Stamp Duty or freeholder fees. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Essex are fixed, meaning for a standard transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no additional fees

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Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Essex sale or purchase.

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Essex?

Conveyancing searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Essex conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The legal work for a leasehold home will usually take more time than a freehold home as leasehold transactions involve more work and there is greater complexity.

Varied factors, such as absent freeholders or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Correct, it can take considerably longer to carry out the legal work to sell a leasehold house or flat when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. Delays are usually caused by the time it takes to source this information.

Your solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found, as this information can take weeks to collect if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

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

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Essex remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Quittance's solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with the NatWest or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Yorkshire Building Society, Quittance can help.

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