The county of Hampshire (or Hants) is the largest in south-east England, both in area and population, and is one of the most affluent in the UK. It lies between Dorset and West Sussex on the south coast. The county town is the cathedral city of Winchester and its major conurbations are Portsmouth and Southampton, both significant ports.
Almost 45% of the county is covered by its 2 National Parks - The New Forest and the South Downs. Overton, Kingsclere, Fleet and Basingstoke are popular with commuters, with journeys to London taking less than an hour. Within the New Forest the towns of Lymington, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst offer rural living, with Brockenhurst recently voted the most beautiful place to live in the UK.
Hampshire conveyancing FAQs
How much is the council tax in Winchester City Council?
Hampshire is situated in Winchester City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:
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Are Hampshire conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Hampshire provide legal services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.
Quittance's property lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out exactly what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your home sale or purchase goes through.
If, for whatever reason, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Move, No Fee guarantee.
Will I need property searches when buying a property in Hampshire?
Conveyancing searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Hampshire conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.
How long does leasehold conveyancing take?
The vast majority of flats are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The conveyancing for leasehold property can take weeks more to complete than a freehold home as there is more to prepare and more technical complexity exists.
Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or incomplete service charge accounts, can lead to serious delays.
Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.
Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?
Correct, it can take considerably longer to conduct the conveyancing to sell leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.
The buyer's solicitor must review several leasehold-related documents, such as a current statement of service charges. The time it takes the solicitor to get these documents together is the common cause of such delays.
Your lawyer should commence this at the earliest opportunity, as these details could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent.
Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Hampshire property?
Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.
The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Hampshire could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.
Our conveyancing team can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a cashback mortgage with the Co-operative Bank or to a two-year discount with the Chelsea Building Society, we can assist.