Updated: October 12, 2018

Feltham conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Feltham

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

How are Feltham conveyancing fees calculated?

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Feltham who will work on a price per hour basis. Your quote will set out all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

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

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 office copies and title plans or Stamp Duty Land Tax.

See: How much should conveyancing fees cost?

How much will conveyancing in Feltham cost in total?

Conveyancing fees in Feltham should be the same as anywhere else in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, such as transport searches, may be necessary.

There are no hidden costs or surprises to be paid with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard sale or purchase, 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 substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Feltham

There is now an obligation on a seller to disclose any property defects or disputes.

It is, however, still the duty of a conveyancing solicitor in Feltham to investigate the property, so that they can report back to the purchaser and the mortgage lender (if applicable), iron out any legal issues and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

This part of the article considers the types of residential property which may be of interest to homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Feltham.

Your Feltham conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Regardless of whether your mortgage is with a major lender like the Royal Bank of Scotland or a financial institution such as Secure Trust, before appointing a conveyancing solicitor in Feltham it is critical that you make sure that they are on the approved solicitor panel of your lender.

Your conveyancer may be unable to act for your lender, because some banks and building societies are only prepared to work with a restricted group of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet strict selection criteria.

Should this be the case, the lender will need a second solicitor firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this alternative solicitor's fees. The additional work can mean the process takes much longer.

Neglecting to check your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status can result in significant delays.

Quittance Conveyancing can act on behalf of all lenders.

Hounslow Borough Council searches

Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made of public bodies by Feltham conveyancing solicitors to give details about the home you want to buy. They include:

  • Local Authority search - includes a list of planning decisions that could affect the property
  • Drainage & Water search - identifies the location of sewers and water mains, and will confirm whether these are maintained by the local council.
  • Environmental search - reveals contaminated land, landfill sites and flooding or subsidence within 500m of the property.
  • Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability to the local parish for repairs.

More specific searches, such as a more detailed flood report or an energy search, may also be recommended in the standard searches.

The London Borough of Hounslow has an average lead time of 10 weeks for property searches, so your conveyancer will recommend using a faster search agent.

Planning issues

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor also retrieves office copies from HM Land Registry. This will help to reveal planning issues, such as outbuildings lying outside the boundary or the breach of a restrictive covenant.

London Borough of Hounslow Council Tax

As a homeowner in Feltham, 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. For instance the occupier of a Valuation Band B house in the London Borough of Hounslow area would pay annual council tax of £1,137.

A conveyancing solicitor in Feltham will inform the purchaser of the property's band once they are themselves notified.

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 £853.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or if the property is occupied by someone who is seriously mentally impaired. More recently-constructed homes are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and allocated a council tax banding.

Band London Borough of Hounslow Tax (2018)
A £975
B £1,137
C £1,300
D £1,462
E £1,787
F £2,112
G £2,437
H £2,924

Can I appeal against my band?

To appeal contact:

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

It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 60 council tax challenges were made. 20 saw a subsequent reduction.

Stamp Duty on Feltham properties

SDLT is paid to HMRC and the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor will ensure that the tax return process is carried out.

The buyer (rather than the seller) will have to pay SDLT on the purchase price of the house if it exceeds £125,000.

Quittance's integrated conveyancing case management system integrates with online SDLT filing systems to ensure that the SDLT is settled efficiently.

This table sets out Stamp Duty Land Tax for typical property in Feltham:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £330,816 £6,540.80
Average price (detached) £464,062 £13,203.10
Average new build £166,250 £825.00
If you are buying a second home for over £40,000 then you will have to pay a higher rate of 3%. E.g. if a second property was bought for £330,816 then the SDLT including the surcharge would be £26,465.28. .

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Feltham

Relief is available on home purchases below £300k for first-time buyers.

Conveyancing solicitors in Feltham should confirm the correct calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Feltham

New build site

The risks associated with purchasing a leasehold property should be a worry for leasehold property buyers. Increasing ground rents, sinking fund issues and unfair developer practices are among the many common complications lying in wait for an uninformed buyer.

Erroneous leasehold advice, from a lawyer with only freehold experience, can have serious consequences.

If you intend to buy a leasehold property, a good conveyancing solicitor in Feltham will consider possible leasehold issues, including service charges for relevant date periods, unexpired lease terms and reviewing correspondence between the freeholder and leaseholder.

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property - Contact Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors today on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Feltham?

New build building site

According to data gathered by the Land Registry, the average price for Feltham new build properties is £166,250. 1 brand new homes were purchased in Feltham last year.

Buying a new build can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. Therefore a Feltham conveyancing solicitor should be aware of local issues and must check numerous things, such as checking new build mortgage procedures are followed and confirming building regulation compliance.

Our highly qualified new build conveyancing team specialise in working to tight developer deadlines and ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible.

London Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the house you are purchasing is in one of Feltham's conservation areas. If it is, the home could be affected by specific restrictions. Called Article 4 directions, these restrictions can include:

  • Limits on roof terraces
  • Restrictions on dormer windows
  • Needing consent to alter doors and guttering

The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even if the previous owner was responsible for the changes.

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Feltham's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Feltham

The legal process for a property sale is normally less troublesome than when buying. The buyer's conveyancing solicitor has to carry out an investigation on the property. Conveyancing solicitors in Feltham acting for the seller essentially just gathers information relating to the property and answers the purchaser's enquiries .

Why do sales fall through?

A house or flat can be burdened by a broad spectrum of possible difficulties (e.g. having a flying freehold) that have the capacity to draw out the conveyancing process for weeks (or worse).

Don't shy away from finding a solution as it is highly unlikely that the problems won't be picked up - speak to an expert instead and attempt to resolve it ASAP.

Useful reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The legal work for a leasehold flat or house is significantly more time-consuming than for a freehold property.

Feltham conveyancing solicitors will also perform extra work, such as sourcing the freeholder pack, through to ascertaining if the incoming lessee (i.e. the seller) is required to buy a share in the building's management company.

It is highly recommended that you instruct a leasehold expert as soon as possible, and potentially before marketing the property, to speed up the handling of the legal work.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both the buyer and the seller of the same house?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority rules restrict a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale and purchase.

If you are buying or selling a property in Feltham, and a Quittance conveyancer is acting for the other side, you may wish to contact a property solicitor firm in Feltham to carry out your conveyancing.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Feltham

Whilst homeowners consider remortgaging for a range of reasons, homeowners generally remortgage to lower their monthly repayments.

You can enjoy the benefits of a better rate earlier by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Feltham. With possible rate rises on the horizon, fast conveyancing can be a critical factor in getting the mortgage rate you want.

It is critical that the property lawyer carrying out the remortgage can act on behalf of your chosen bank or building society. Our conveyancing team are on the panel for all major lenders. So no matter whether you are changing to a tracker with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Leeds 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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