Updated: October 12, 2018

Hailsham conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Hailsham

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

Do Hailsham conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hailsham will work on an hourly rate, and others on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee') basis. Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis, with no hidden extras. Your quote explains exactly what you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

On top of the conveyancing fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf. These include costs like Land Registry fees or office copies.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Hailsham cost?

Hailsham conveyancing fees should not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, additional region-specific searches, e.g. a mining search, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

There are no hidden fees or costs to be paid with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard home sale or purchase, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote 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 Hailsham

As a key part of the legal work for a home purchase, a conveyancing solicitor in Hailsham will look into the title of the property and deliver their report on title to the purchaser.

The solicitor will offer professional advice once their enquiries are complete, deal with any legal issues and make sure that the title is registered in the name of the new buyer.

This part of the article considers the types of residential property that involve additional hazards for people looking for conveyancing solicitors in Hailsham for a purchase.

Your Hailsham conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether your mortgage is with a niche lender like the Skipton Building Society or a large lender such as Yorkshire Bank, before selecting a conveyancing solicitor in Hailsham you must confirm that they are approved by your mortgage lender.

Many banks and building societies only accept a restricted panel of firms that meet strict criteria. If your solicitor is unable to act for your mortgage lender, the lender will require a second solicitor firm to complete the legal work.

The purchaser will usually need to pay this alternate lawyer's fees and the conveyancing process could take much longer.

Not checking your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status can result in significant delays.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all banks and other lenders.

Property Searches (Wealden District Council)

Residential property searches are questions asked of various bodies by Hailsham conveyancing solicitors to provide information about the property being purchased.

Searches are carried out primarily to meet the mortgage lender's criteria, and include the local authority (LA) search, environmental search, drainage & water search and chancel repair liability.

More pertinent searches, such as a radon gas search or a ground stability report, may also be advised depending on the contents of the standard searches.

The typical delivery time for LA searches obtained from Wealden District Council is 8 weeks, so faster personal searches will be preferred.

Planning issues

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will also order official entries from HMLR. This helps to find planning issues, for example the title plan showing only very general boundaries or right of access issues.

Wealden District Council Council Tax

The council tax paid by a homeowner is based on a number of criteria e.g. the number of occupants aged over 18 and the property's value as at 1 April 1991. For instance for an average Band B property in Hailsham, the amount of council tax would be £1,505.

Hailsham conveyancing solicitors will inform the purchaser of the property's band once they are themselves notified.

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 £1,129.

Other discounts and exemptions could 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 where the property is occupied solely by students. Homes built after 1991 are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band Wealden District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,290
B £1,505
C £1,720
D £1,935
E £2,365
F £2,795
G £3,225
H £3,870

Is it possible to appeal?

To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
St. Annes House
2 St. Annes Rd
BN21 3LG
East Sussex

The Valuation Office Agency should reassess a property's band on request.

Stamp Duty on Hailsham properties

If the purchase price of the property you intend to buy is over the £125k threshold, you must pay SDLT. SDLT is paid to HMRC and the buyer's conveyancing solicitor will ensure that the tax return process is carried out.

Quittance Conveyancing's integrated case management system are fully integrated with HMRC (formerly Inland Revenue)'s electronic filing gateway.

See table below for Stamp Duty Land Tax examples for properties in Hailsham:

  Average sale price (2017) SDLT
Average price £294,284 £4,714.20
Average price (detached) £381,799 £9,089.95
Average new build £383,255 £9,162.75

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Hailsham

In Nov 2017, the Government announced that first-time buyers would be exempt from paying stamp duty on properties below £300,000. Homeowners must pay a higher rate of SDLT for the purchase of a second property. For example, if a property owner bought a second property in Hailsham for the average price of £294,284 the stamp duty would be £23,542.72.

Hailsham conveyancing solicitors should confirm their client pays the correct amount.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Hailsham

New build site

The potential risks of purchasing a leasehold property in the UK are recognised. The many potential traps lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include sub-letting restrictions and exponential ground rents.

Bad or incomplete leasehold advice, from a conveyancer with limited leasehold experience, could lead to serious consequences.

A experienced conveyancing solicitor in Hailsham will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, e.g. :

  • reviewing the lease itself (leases can be 10's or even 100's of years old)
  • managing agent or landlord enquiries
  • annual statements of account and budgets for service charges
  • insurance reinstatement covenants

Make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase with Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Hailsham?

House under construction

4 brand new properties have been bought in Hailsham in 2018 so far, based on data published by HM Land Registry. The average price for Hailsham new build property is £322,750.

Buying a new build requires more technical knowledge than 'standard conveyancing'. To avoid potential problems a conveyancing solicitor in Hailsham must be aware of Hailsham-specific factors and should consider a range of factors, including helping with mortgage offer extension terms and investigating road and drainage issues.

Our team of conveyancers are specialists in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and working to developer exchange timeframes.

Conservation areas in East Sussex

When acting for the purchaser of a property in Hailsham, a conveyancing solicitor will need to confirm if the property is in one of Hailsham's conservation areas. If it is, the house could be affected by certain building controls. These building controls, referred to as Article 4 Directions, could include:

  • Restrictions on the use of cladding
  • Restrictions on joinery colour choices
  • Restrictions on extensions even if within Permitted Development rights

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.

The Wealden local planning authority has assigned conservation area-status to parts of Hailsham. Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Hailsham's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Hailsham

The legal work involved in a sale of a house or flat is much simpler than when purchasing. When buying, the responsibility lies with the purchaser to confirm that the title of the property is not legally defective.

On the other side of the transaction, conveyancing solicitors in Hailsham acting for the existing owner need only answer any enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor.

Factors that could delay or endanger your property sale

Common obstacles, like having previously suffered from a flood event, might endanger the sale process if not dealt with promptly.

Property experts almost always advise that vendors handle any such problems without delay.

Recommended reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are not common) is a great deal more time-consuming than for a freehold property.

Conveyancing solicitors in Hailsham will also need to carry out additional work, for example writing to the landlord for a complete pack of managing agent information, through to a copy of the insurance policy.

To speed up the leasehold conveyancing process, it is highly recommended that you instruct leasehold-specialist property lawyer as soon as is practicable.

What if Quittance conveyancers are acting for the other side?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both the buyer and the seller. However, SRA rules prevent the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale.

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

Local Hailsham conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Barwells Legal Limited, 2 Market Square, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AG
  • Gaby Hardwicke, Cortlandt, 18 George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE
  • Hart Reade, Old Manor House, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Hailsham

Benefitting from a lower rate to reduce monthly expenses is generally why people decide to remortgage. There are other reasons, including getting on to a new fixed-rate deal, or wanting to borrow more.

Homeowners can enjoy the benefits of a better rate sooner by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Hailsham, accelerating the time taken to complete the process. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and the future of interest rates unclear, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to securing the rate you want.

It is vital that the property lawyer undertaking the legal work can act for the new mortgage provider. Our conveyancing team are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are switching to a 95% mortgage with RBS or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Dudley 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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