Harrogate conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Harrogate Borough Council?

Harrogate is situated in Harrogate Borough Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Harrogate Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1200.00
B £1400.00
C £1600.00
D £1800.00
E £2200.00
F £2600.00
G £3000.00
H £3600.00

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Harrogate conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will set out what the fees and disbursements will be when your move completes.

If, for whatever reason, your move does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a house in Harrogate - which searches will I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

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

To see the cost of searches on a Harrogate property try our 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 Harrogate - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential complications lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like undisclosed major works and onerous clauses in the lease.

A good property lawyer 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?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats can result in long delays.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review several leasehold-related documents, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time needed by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

It can take a long time to gather these details if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent, so your conveyancing solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found.

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

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Harrogate remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Quittance's solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a 100% mortgage with Santander or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Bank of Ireland, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender