Updated: October 12, 2018

Halifax conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Halifax

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the charges you pay conveyancing solicitors in Halifax for the legal work involved in moving home.

Are Halifax conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

We work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Halifax who offer services on an hourly-rate basis. Your conveyancing quote will set out what you will pay when your house or flat sale completes.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also have to pay 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 managing agent information or bankruptcy searches.

See: How much should conveyancing fees cost?

How much will the total Halifax solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Though conveyancing fees in Halifax will be the same as anywhere else in the country, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. transport searches, may be necessary.

With Quittance, there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises. 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

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Halifax

Recent changes to the law mean that a seller must now disclose issues concerning their property.

It is, however, still the duty of the conveyancing solicitor in Halifax to make enquiries about the property, feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer, make practical suggestions and register the title in the new owner's name.

This article sets out useful advice for homebuyers searching for conveyancing solicitors in Halifax.

Your Halifax conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Regardless of whether you are obtaining a mortgage from the Dudley Building Society, the Co-operative Bank or any other lender, before instructing a conveyancing solicitor in Halifax you must confirm that they can act in the interests of your mortgage lender.

Your lawyer may not be able to carry out the legal work for your mortgage lender, because some lenders will only work with a select panel of legal practices.

Under these circumstances, the lender will require an alternative solicitor firm to complete the legal work, and you will usually need to pay this alternative lawyer's fees. This can frustrate or delay the process.

Long delays can result from failing to confirm your conveyancing solicitor's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing can carry out the legal work for all major and minor banks and other lenders.

Durham County Council searches and other searches

Searches are carried out by Halifax conveyancing solicitors to help identify any significant issues that might possibly impact how much your home is worth.

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

More pertinent searches, such as a highways authority search or a more detailed plan search, may also be advised following the initial searches.

The approximate processing time for Local Authority searches delivered by Durham County Council is 14 weeks. A local search provider will be able to provide this information faster.

Planning permissions

Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be obtained by the homebuyer's conveyancing solicitor, helping to evidence planning issues, such as discrepancies with the filed plan or right of access issues.

Durham County Council Council Tax

As a homeowner in Halifax, 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 example, the occupier of a Band E residential property in the Durham County Council area would pay annual council tax of £2,307.

Conveyancing solicitors in Halifax will inform a buyer of the property's tax band once 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 £1,730.

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 properties awaiting grant of probate.

Band Durham County Council Tax (2018)
A £1,258
B £1,468
C £1,678
D £1,887
E £2,307
F £2,726
G £3,146
H £3,775

Could you be overpaying?

A homeowner can challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 60 council tax challenges were made. 20 were upheld and the tax was reduced. To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
Wycliffe House
Green Lane
County Durham

Stamp Duty on Halifax properties

It is the responsibility of the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor to handle the tax return process for the purchase.

The current stamp duty threshold is £125k.

Quittance's case management system are fully integrated with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)'s electronic filing systems.

The following table illustrates stamp duty examples for properties in Halifax:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £172,198 £943.96
Average price (detached) £311,877 £5,593.85
Average new build £151,473 £529.46
Following a change in April 2016, a 3% surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. Therefore, if a homeowner in Halifax bought a second home for the average price of £172,198 the SDLT would be £8,609.90.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Halifax

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300,000.

Halifax conveyancing solicitors will ensure the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Halifax

New build site

The drawbacks of buying a leasehold house or flat in the UK are recognised. Numerous legal issues could be awaiting an uninformed purchaser, including:

  • absent freeholders
  • marriage value issues
  • unreasonable ground rents
Serious financial ramifications can result from a solicitor's failure to give good leasehold advice.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Halifax will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, such as service charges for relevant date periods, sinking funds and dealing with freeholders and managing agents.

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase with our specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Halifax?

Building site

The average purchase price of a new build property in Halifax is £98,332. 1 brand new homes have been bought in Halifax in 2018 so far.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Halifax will need to be familiar with both local Halifax factors as well as the added complexities of new build, e.g. checking the suitability of new build insurance and confirming building regulation compliance.

Our team of new build conveyancers are specialists in new build purchases and working to tight developer deadlines.

Conservation areas in West Yorkshire

If you are buying a house in one of Halifax's conservation areas, the property will need to meet any conservation area restrictions. These conditions, referred to as Article 4 Directions, may include restrictions on painting external walls, general restrictions governing the use of non-traditional materials or limitations on new outbuildings.

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

Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Halifax.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Halifax

Conveyancing for a sale of a home is less difficult than for a purchase. The buyer will have to go through an investigation into the property and its legal title, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Halifax acting for the seller effectively just collates information and answers the purchaser's enquiries .

What factors could threaten your sale?

Frequently occurring issues, such as not being insurable, can frustrate a transaction.

In the majority of cases, it is recommended for vendors to handle such issues without delay.

Useful reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold flats

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is a great deal more time-consuming than for a freehold property.

Conveyancing solicitors in Halifax will also perform extra work, which could include sourcing an up-to-date service charge statement, through to the memorandum of articles of association (if applicable).

To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold property, it is highly recommended that the seller instruct a solicitor as soon as an estate agent is chosen.

What if Quittance conveyancers are acting for the other side?

Conveyancers regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers can act for both sides. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority rules prevent the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale.

You could contact a law firm in Halifax to carry out your legal work, if a Quittance solicitor is doing the legal work for the other side.

Local Halifax conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Arrans Solicitors Limited, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterhouse Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1UQ
  • Chadwick Lawrence LLP, Somerset House, Rawson Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1NH
  • Din Solicitors, Second Floor Venture House, Silver Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1HS
  • Finn Gledhill, 1-3 Harrison Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2AG
  • Wilkinson Woodward Limited, 11 Fountain Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1LU

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Halifax

Whilst there are many reasons to consider remortgaging, homeowners generally remortgage a home to get a better interest rate.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Halifax can reduce the remortgage processing time, and move you to the better rate sooner. With rate rises anticipated, fast conveyancing can be a critical factor in securing the rate you want.

The property lawyer will need to act for both you and the new lender to ensure the lender's new interest is correctly registered and the lender's interests are safeguarded.

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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