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Hastings Conveyancing: FAQs

The following questions and answers will help guide Hastings clients through the conveyancing process for buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property.

Buying property in Hastings

How much is the Council Tax in Hastings Borough Council in 2022?

Hastings is situated in Hastings Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2022 are as follows:

Band Hastings Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,479.53
B £1,726.11
C £1,972.70
D £2,219.29
E £2,712.47
F £3,205.64
G £3,698.82
H £4,438.58

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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?

Selling property in Hastings

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.

Read more:

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

Remortgaging in Hastings

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 1.25% (June 2022). A good Hastings remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Your conveyancing solicitor 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.

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Transferring equity in Hastings

Will I need a solicitor if I am transferring equity in my Hastings home?

If you jointly own property with one or more other people and you wish to transfer ownership of your share in the property to someone else, you will need a solicitor to carry out a 'Transfer of Equity'. Your conveyancing solicitor will take care of all the legal work required for a transfer of equity for a low fixed fee (including remortgage work if required).

Get a transfer of equity conveyancing quote

Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Hastings

What are conveyancing disbursements?

Legal fees are paid to your property lawyer. Depending on your circumstances, these could include a shared ownership fee or Help to Buy fee.

Disbursements are costs paid to third parties, such as HMRC.

How much should I be paying for conveyancing in 2022?

Market research in July, 2022 shows that the actual cost of conveyancing can vary significantly between property lawyers.

To accurately compare Hastings conveyancing quotes, you should be aware of the potential additional fees charged by some solicitors that could increase the cost of your property sale or purchase.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General Hastings property lawyers FAQs

Are Hastings conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Hastings provide legal services on a price per hour basis.

Some 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 a No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Hastings and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

  • No Move, No Fee Guarantee
  • Fixed fee conveyancing service
  • Hastings experts
  • CQS-accredited panel solicitors
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