Updated: October 12, 2018

Hampton conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Hampton

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid to conveyancing solicitors in Hampton for handling the legal work for your move.

Do Hampton conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hampton carry out the legal work on an hourly rate, and others on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee') basis. We work on a No Sale, No Fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your quote explains all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your sale or purchase completes.

What are disbursements?

You will have to pay any 'disbursements', in addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees.

Disbursements are fees that a property lawyer must pay to other companies during the process of buying or selling your home, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or TT fees.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees

How much will conveyancing in Hampton cost in total?

Although conveyancing fees in Hampton will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, additional region-specific searches, such as utilities searches, may be needed and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

For standard conveyancing transactions, what we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. Work out the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing calculator: Click here

Quittance's fees were cheaper - less than half the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Hampton

In carrying out the legal work for a homebuyer, a conveyancing solicitor in Hampton will look into the title of the property and deliver their report on title to the purchaser.

The buyer's property lawyer will offer suggestions and advice following their enquiries, deal with any legal problems and ensure the title is transferred to the new owner.

The following provides invaluable advice for people searching for conveyancing solicitors in Hampton for a purchase.

Your Hampton conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Hampton, it is vital that you check that they are on the panel of your lender, whether you are obtaining a mortgage from Halifax, the Dudley Building Society or any other lender.

A lot of lenders are only happy to work with a select panel of firms that meet strict selection criteria. If a conveyancer is not on the panel of your lender, the lender will likely require a second legal firm to carry out the legal work.

The buyer will then have to cover this second solicitor's fees, and the conveyancing process can take much longer.

The conveyancing process could be jeopardised by failing to check your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel of all mortgage providers.

Richmond upon Thames Borough Council searches and other searches

Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made by Hampton conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your planned purchase.

Mortgagees typically also require certain searches to be submitted. Required searches will include:

  • Local Authority search - includes the LLC1 and CON29 which includes road proposals
  • Drainage & Water search - identifies whether the owner or local authority must pay for the maintenance of water mains and sewers
  • Environmental search - identifies nearby landfill and contaminated land sites (within 500 metres), and if there has been any historic flooding or mining subsidence.
  • Chancel repair liability - some Hampton property may still owe a liability to the local parish for repairs. Insurance can be taken out to protect against this risk.

More pertinent searches, such as a Crossrail search or a more detailed plan search, may also be advised in the standard search results.

The typical delivery time for searches ordered from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is 4 weeks, so it will be worth using a faster private search company.

Planning searches

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer will request office copies from HMLR, helping to evidence any potential issues, for example restrictions that limit alterations or errors on the title plan.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council Tax

As a homeowner in Hampton, 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. E.g. for an average Tax Band D residential property in Hampton, the council tax due would be £1,707 per year.

A conveyancing solicitor in Hampton will inform the purchaser of the home's council tax band once this is confirmed by the searches.

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 £1,280.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example where the home is empty or unfurnished for a maximum of 60 days or if the home is left unoccupied by a student. Newer homes are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and allocated a council tax banding.

Band London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tax (2018)
A £1,138
B £1,328
C £1,517
D £1,707
E £2,086
F £2,466
G £2,845
H £3,414

Are you paying too much?

Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
2nd Floor
1 Francis Grove
London
SW19 4DT

A property owner can also apply for their property to be reassessed. A refund may be due if the property is awarded a lower band.

Stamp Duty on Hampton properties

Delays and penalties await those who mishandle the stamp duty administration process.

The vast majority of people will have their conveyancing solicitor complete the SDLT1 return on their behalf.

SDLT is payable by the property buyer on properties sold for more than £125k.

With Quittance Conveyancing you have the peace of mind that the SDLT1 return is completed correctly and quickly when your purchase completes.

This table sets out SDLT for typical property in Hampton:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £605,310 £20,265.50
Average price (detached) £1,003,630 £44,113.00
Average new build - -

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Hampton

As from 2017, first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000. If you are buying a second home for in excess of £40,000 then you will have to pay a stamp duty surcharge of 3%. E.g. if a second property was bought for £605,310 then the stamp duty including the surcharge would be £48,424.80. .

Hampton conveyancing solicitors will confirm an accurate calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Hampton

New build site

The pitfalls associated with buying a leasehold property in the UK have been well chronicled in the newspapers. Spiralling ground rents, unfair developer practices and unreasonable managing agent fees are but a few of the many potential difficulties lying in wait for the unsuspecting purchaser.

Serious consequences can result from a less-experienced conveyancer's bad leasehold advice.

If you are planning to buy a leasehold home, a competent conveyancing solicitor in Hampton will consider potential leasehold issues, for example reviewing the lease itself, dealing with freeholders and service charges.

Our leasehold conveyancing solicitors will work to ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Hampton?

Building site

- new build homes -, based on statistics published by the Land Registry. The average cost of new build homes in Hampton is -.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Hampton must be well-versed in Hampton-specific considerations and new build's added complexities, such as handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and checking the suitability of new build insurance.

With Quittance Conveyancing, you will get a specialist assessment of the legal title of the house or apartment, and in particular considerations like the home's future resaleability and excessive ground rent and service charges (where applicable).

London Conservation areas

When carrying out the legal work for a home in Hampton, a conveyancing solicitor will need to check whether the home is in one of Hampton's conservation areas. If it is, the property is affected by restrictions. These restrictions, called Article 4 Directions, can include restrictions on the removal of front boundary walls, restrictions on hard standings at the front of the property or restrictions on the erection of outbuildings.

If a property is in breach, the owner could be required by law to pay for the property to be changed back to the state it was in before the recent alterations, even if the previous owner carried out the alterations.

Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Hampton's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Hampton

The conveyancing process on a sale of a home is more straightforward than when buying. For a house purchase, the responsibility lies entirely with the buyer to determine whether the title of the property does not have any legal issues.

On the other side of the transaction, conveyancing solicitors in Hampton acting for the current owner just answer the purchaser's enquiries.

What could jeopardise the sale of your home?

A home can face a series of potential complications (such as where the property differs from the title plan) which may threaten the conveyancing process.

It is best not to procrastinate as solicitors are trained to unearth any such issues. Instead, seek out professional help, face the issues head on, and find a solution as early as possible.

Further reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Leasehold flats

Conveyancing for a leasehold property is a great deal more complex than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Hampton must carry out additional legal work, and this could include obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement or the minutes of the last AGM (if there is a management company).

You should plan to instruct a property lawyer as soon as the decision is made to sell to mitigate (somewhat inevitable) leasehold delays.

What if Quittance is acting for the other side?

Solicitors Regulation Authority rules restrict the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. A conveyancer who is regulated by the CLC, however, can act for both sides.

You can contact a local Hampton conveyancing solicitor firm to carry out your legal work, if one of our conveyancing solicitors is doing the legal work for the other side.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Hampton

Although there are many reasons to remortgage, people will usually remortgage a home to get a better interest rate.

Homeowners can enjoy the benefits of a better rate earlier with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Hampton, minimising the time taken to complete the conveyancing. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when getting onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

The property lawyer will act for both you and the new lender, in order to confirm the mortgage provider's interests are protected.

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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