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The London Borough of Hackney was formed by the merger of the metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. The borough has seen extensive regeneration since the 2012 Olympics and was named on the 2014 Sunday Times list of best places to live in the UK, with a strong cultural community.

New secondary schools and improved transport links, plus pleasant open spaces have attracted new families to the area and the general gentrification has pushed property prices up.

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Hackney conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in London Borough of Hackney?

Hackney is situated in London Borough of Hackney. Council tax bands are:

Band London Borough of Hackney Council Tax (2018/19)
A £916.45
B £1069.19
C £1221.93
D £1374.67
E £1680.15
F £1985.63
G £2291.12
H £2749.34

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Hackney conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hackney offer services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house sale or purchase completes.

If, for any reason at all, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a property in Hackney - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Water search
  • Chancel liability insurance

Sometimes the initial search results will recommend further searches e.g. a commons registration search.

To work out how much searches will cost on a Hackney property you can use our our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

I am buying a leasehold property in Hackney - what do I need to know?

can be complicated. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.

Your solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat can take much longer.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see these documents, such as an up-to-date statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time it takes to source this information.

It can take a long time to gather the managing agent's information if the landlord or managing agent is slow or difficult to contact, so the solicitor should get this underway as soon as possible.

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

I am buying a new build property in Hackney - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing for purchasing a new build home in Hackney is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

An experienced solicitor in Hackney must be able to deal with things like handling reservation fees, confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity) and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Ward Cole.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve the best outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

Read more:

Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Hackney property?

Yes.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Hackney remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Quittance's solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, Quittance can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender