Hastings conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Hastings Borough Council?

Hastings is situated in Hastings Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Hastings Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1271.89
B £1483.87
C £1695.85
D £1907.83
E £2331.79
F £2755.75
G £3179.72
H £3815.66

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Hastings conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hastings provide legal services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Quittance's property lawyers work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your detailed quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your house purchase or sale completes.

If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in Hastings - which searches will I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Water search
  • Chancel search liability

On occasion the location of the property will warrant additional searches , for example an HS2 search.

To check the total cost of searches on a Hastings property try our conveyancing cost 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 Hastings - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold property in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential problems awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like unreasonable managing agent fees and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.

Your solicitor 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?

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold home can take much longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer must review this leasehold-related paperwork, like management company information and a current statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time it takes to source this information.

It can take a long time to gather these details if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed.

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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 Hastings property?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Hastings remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancing team can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to an offset mortgage with the NatWest or to a joint mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, we can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender