Updated: October 12, 2018

Gatwick conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Gatwick

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid your Gatwick conveyancing solicitor for handling the legal work for your move.

Are Gatwick conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Gatwick carry out the legal work on a price per hour basis, and other firms will work for a fixed fee ('No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no unexpected, additional costs. Your conveyancing quote explains what you will be charged when your sale or purchase completes.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

You will need to budget for 'disbursements', in addition to conveyancing solicitor fees.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client. These include costs like managing agent fees or Land Registry fees.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Gatwick cost in total?

Conveyancing solicitor fees in Gatwick will be the same as anywhere else in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, council search fees will vary and specific extra searches, such as a mining search, may be necessary.

There are no hidden fees or costs to be paid with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were considerably cheaper than the average solicitors' fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Gatwick

As a key part of the legal work for a property purchase, the Gatwick conveyancing solicitor will examine the draft contract and investigate the property's title and make their "report on title".

After making their enquiries the lawyer will give advice and will make practical suggestions and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

The content below considers those parts of the legal process for conveyancing solicitors in Gatwick requiring specialist legal knowledge.

Your Gatwick conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Gatwick, you must confirm that they are on the panel of your chosen lender, whether you are taking out a mortgage from Pepper Homeloans, the Bank of Scotland or any other lender.

The majority of lenders are only prepared to work with a selected list (their 'panel') of firms. If a solicitor cannot act for your chosen lender, the lender will require an alternative law firm to act in their interests.

The borrower will then have to cover this alternate lawyer's fees and significant delays to your move could occur.

Your property transaction can be seriously delayed if you fail to confirm your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Our solicitors are approved to act for all mortgage lenders.

Searches (Mole Valley Council)

Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are submitted by Gatwick conveyancing solicitors to help identify any pertinent information that might affect how much the property you are buying will be worth.

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

You will be made aware if your lender wants any further searches, such as a Crossrail search or a ground stability report.

Mole Valley Council has a typical lead time of 6 weeks for conveyancing searches. As a result, regulated searches will be faster.

Planning documents

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will obtain an Official Copy of the Title Register from HM Land Registry. This helps to find potential planning issues. Examples of these include outbuildings missing from the title plan or neighbours' rights of access.

Mole Valley Council Council Tax

The amount of council tax a homeowner in Gatwick will pay to Mole Valley Council will depend on the property's value and the number of residents. The occupier of a property in Valuation Band E, for example, would owe annual council tax of £2,236.

A conveyancing solicitor in Gatwick will inform a buyer of the property's band as soon as 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 (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,677.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or if you are a live in carer looking after someone who isn't a spouse or relative.

Band Mole Valley Council Tax (2018)
A £1,220
B £1,423
C £1,626
D £1,829
E £2,236
F £2,642
G £3,049
H £3,659

What to do if you suspect your new home is incorrectly valued

To appeal contact:

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

In the financial year 2016/17, 20 council tax challenges were made. 10 were approved and the tax was reduced.

Stamp Duty on Gatwick properties

When buying a home, SDLT will probably need to be paid if the property is valued at over £125k. Completing the SDLT1 form in order to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax is a daunting prospect for a layperson.

HMRC form rejections are avoided using the latest case management system.

The following table illustrates Stamp Duty Land Tax examples for average properties in Gatwick:

  Average selling price (2018 to date) Stamp Duty
Average price £369,925 £8,496.25
Average price (detached) £550,418 £17,520.90
Average new build £338,194 £6,909.70

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Gatwick

Since the budget announcement in 11/17, if you are a first-time buyer, you only pay stamp duty on property valued at over £300,000. Following a change in April 2016, a 3% stamp duty surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second home in Gatwick for the average price of £369,925 the SDLT would be £29,594.00.

Conveyancing solicitors in Gatwick should confirm the right amount is calculated.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Gatwick

New build site

Recent media reports have suggested that more than of 100,000 UK property owners are trapped in leases with problematic lease conditions. Numerous technical obstacles may be lying in wait for an uninformed buyer, including costly and undisclosed major works and ground rent multipliers.

Erroneous leasehold advice, from a lawyer who has only ever experienced freehold transactions, could have serious financial implications.

If you intend to purchase a property with a lease, a experienced conveyancing solicitor in Gatwick will address aspects of leasehold, e.g. :

  • reviewing the lease itself
  • service charges, ground rents and buildings insurance arrangements
  • managing agent or landlord enquiries
  • residents? management company
  • planned external works requiring scaffolding

Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitors will ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Gatwick?

New build site

Based on Land Registry data, 44 new build properties have been bought in Gatwick in 2018 so far. The average sale price of new build property in Gatwick is £338,194.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Gatwick must be familiar with both local Gatwick considerations as well as new build's added complexities, including confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity) and handling deposits.

Quittance Conveyancing deliver an impartial appraisal of the legal status of the property, whilst being mindful of issues ranging from the home's subsequent marketability to an assessment of other risks, such as regional infrastructure development.

Conservation areas

Moving to a conservation area can ensure that the local neighbourhood is protected from drastic alterations. However, conservation area constraints will affect your residential property.

Referred to as Article 4 directions, these constraints may include:

  • Limits on the use of non-traditional building materials
  • A ban on VELUX windows
  • Restrictions on outbuildings and extensions

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

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Gatwick.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Gatwick

Conveyancing for a sale of a house or flat usually requires less work than when buying. The purchaser undertakes a comprehensive legal review on your home, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Gatwick acting for the vendor essentially just collates information and answers the buyer's questions .

What could put the conveyancing process at risk?

Issues, such as not being insurable or restrictive covenants, have the potential to derail the sale conveyancing process if they are ignored.

Don't shy away from finding a solution in the hope that any issues won't be spotted - seek out professional help and attempt to resolve it as quickly as possible.

Further reading:

Read more sale conveyancing articles here.

Selling a leasehold property

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is quite a lot more difficult in comparison with a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Gatwick, including collating an up-to-date service charge statement, through to details of any consents for alterations.

To reduce delays, it is recommended that the seller instructs a lawyer with leasehold experience as soon as the property is marketed, if not before,.

What if Quittance is acting for the other side?

Conveyancers regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers can act for both parties. However, SRA regulations restrict a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale.

You could contact a property solicitor firm in Gatwick to undertake your conveyancing, if one of our conveyancing solicitors is doing the legal work for the other side.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Gatwick

Homeowners remortgage their home for all sorts of reasons, for example funding a one-off purchase, or getting onto a longer fixed-rate term. The most common reason, however, is to get a better interest rate.

You will typically be able to benefit from a lower rate faster by using a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Gatwick. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can play a key role in getting on to the rate you want.

The property lawyer conducting the legal work needs to be able to act for your new mortgage lender. Our conveyancing team are panel members of all major banks and building societies, so no matter whether you are changing to a flexible mortgage with RBS or to a repayment mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, our remortgage team can assist.

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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