Award-winning No Move, No Fee conveyancing for Hillingdon home movers
By Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
Updated: October 12, 2018
With guaranteed fixed conveyancing fees and a focus on better communication, our team know how to make your home move less stressful.
Every year Quittance's property lawyers deliver a highly recommended No Sale, No Fee service to property sellers and buyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon and across London.
In the event that your property sale or purchase does not ultimately go ahead our no move no fee guarantee means you won't incur any conveyancing solicitors' legal fees at all.
Hillingdon's most communicative conveyancing service
According to a survey of 220,000 home movers carried out by Modern Law Magazine, one in five of conveyancing complaints stemmed from poor communication.
The regulatory bodies for Hillingdon property lawyers are particularly concerned with generally improving communication standards, and the customer service charters of the CLC and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) clearly define better communication standards.
Nevertheless, inadequate communication remains one of the top 5 reasons complaints are made against property lawyers.
Our Hillingdon conveyancing solicitors aim to provide a proactive and informative property legal service by email, phone and via our case management app, 7 days a week:
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Updated: October 12, 2018
Hillingdon conveyancing solicitor fees and costs
No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Hillingdon
Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon for the legal work associated with moving home.
Do Hillingdon conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?
Our conveyancing solicitors work on fixed legal fees (known as 'No Sale, No Fee' or 'No Move, No Fee') with no nasty surprises in the small print, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon who work on a price per hour basis. Your conveyancing quote sets out what you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.
Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?
You will need to budget for 'disbursements', in addition to the legal fees.
Disbursements are the third-party costs that your conveyancer will pass on to you at the end of the conveyancing process, such as bankruptcy checks or indemnity insurance.
How much will conveyancing in Hillingdon cost in total?
Although conveyancing fees in Hillingdon will be the same as anywhere else in the country, the disbursements required can vary. As examples, additional region-specific searches, e.g. transport searches, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.
For a standard conveyancing transaction, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here
Conveyancing - Buying a property in Hillingdon
Second largest of the London boroughs by area, the London Borough of Hillingdon includes Hayes and Harlington, Uxbridge, and Yiewsley and West Drayton in the county of Middlesex. Hillingdon is home to Heathrow Airport, and Brunel University.
Although a largely residential area, Hillingdon has the 5th largest economy of the London boroughs. The extension of the Metropolitan Line has made central London easily accessible and led to a large expansion of housing and a lively property market.
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Conveyancing for home buyers
Caveat emptor, (Latin for "let the buyer beware"), was a fundamental principle of English property law. Since 2013, this principle no longer applies, however, a purchaser must still investigate the house or flat they plan to buy.
The Hillingdon conveyancing solicitor will offer professional advice once their enquiries are complete, deal with any legal issues and ensure the title is transferred to the new owner.
This part of the article discusses the kinds of property that carry additional risk for homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon.
Your Hillingdon conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved
Regardless of whether your mortgage is with a less common mortgage lender like GE Money Home Lending or a large lender such as Halifax, before you choose a conveyancing solicitor in Hillingdon you must confirm that they can represent your mortgage lender.
The majority of mortgage lenders will only work with a select panel of solicitors or licensed conveyancers. If a conveyancer cannot act for your mortgage lender, the lender will need an alternative solicitor firm to complete the legal work.
The purchaser will usually need to pay this alternative lawyer's costs, and weeks could be added to the conveyancing process.
Our solicitors are on the panel of all banks and building societies.
- Lloyds Bank
- Barclays Bank
- HSBC Bank
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander Bank
- Nationwide Building Society
- Halifax Bank
- All UK lenders
Hillingdon Borough Council searches
Property searches are enquiries made of government bodies by Hillingdon conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your new home.
Lenders typically also require property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') to be applied for. These include:
|Local Authority (LA) search||includes a list of planning decisions that could affect the property|
|Environmental search||identifies nearby landfill and contaminated land sites (within 500 metres), and if there has been any historic flooding or mining subsidence.|
|Drainage & Water search||covers the location of water pipes and drains, and reveals if the upkeep for these falls on the owner or local council.|
|Chancel repair liability||describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Hillingdon properties for local parish repairs.|
Further searches, such as a Crossrail search or a mining search, may also be referred to in the standard search results.
The London Borough of Hillingdon has a usual lead time of 8 weeks for property searches, so your conveyancer will instead use a quicker local search agent.
Checking planning status
Official Entries will also be ordered from the Land Registry by your conveyancing solicitor. This will help to reveal any potential issues. These issues could include a restrictive covenant against certain alterations or discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan.
London Borough of Hillingdon Council Tax
London Borough of Hillingdon calculate council tax on Hillingdon homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). For example, the occupier of a Band B house in the London Borough of Hillingdon area would pay annual council tax of £1,094.
A conveyancing solicitor in Hillingdon will inform a buyer of the home's council tax band after this is confirmed by the searches.
If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £821.
Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or where the property is occupied solely by students. Homes constructed after 1991 are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.
|Band||London Borough of Hillingdon Tax (2018)|
Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor Aspect Gate 166 College Rd
It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 30 council tax challenges were made, and 0 were upheld and the tax was reduced.
Stamp Duty on Hillingdon properties
SDLT is paid to HMRC and the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor will ensure that the tax return process is carried out.The threshold for stamp duty for a property is £125,000.
Quittance use smart case management systems to make sure that mistakes are not made on the stamp duty process.
This table sets out SDLT for typical property in Hillingdon:
|Average selling price (2017)||Stamp Duty|
|Average price (detached)||£787,351||£29,367.55|
|Average new build||£411,284||£10,564.20|
Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Hillingdon
As from November 2017, first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000. Since 1st April 2016, buyers of second homes are subject to a higher rate of 3%, even if the home is not let out. For example, if a homeowner bought a second property in Hillingdon for the average price of £452,713 the SDLT would be £36,217.04.
Hillingdon conveyancing solicitors should confirm the correct tax is paid.
Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Hillingdon
Buying a leasehold property can be challenging when compared to buying a freehold home. Exponential ground rents, unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and unfair developer practices are only some of the many potential difficulties awaiting an uninformed buyer.
If you are planning to purchase a leasehold home, a competent conveyancing solicitor in Hillingdon will consider possible leasehold issues, such as reviewing the lease itself (some leases are over 100 years old), dealing with freeholders and managing agents and ground rents and service charges.
Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors will make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property.
Buying a 'New Build' property in Hillingdon?
Based on local Land Registry statistics, 61 newly-constructed homes have been bought in Hillingdon in 2018 so far. The average price for new build properties in Hillingdon is £362,930.
Acquiring a new build home can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. Therefore a conveyancing solicitor in Hillingdon must be aware of both region-specific considerations and also should investigate several key issues, like dealing with failures to arrange warranty provider inspections and negotiating new build contracts.
With Quittance Conveyancing, you will get an expert assessment of the legal title of the house or flat, and in particular considerations ranging from the home's subsequent resaleability to an assessment of other risks, such as contaminated land hazards.
If you are planning to buy a property in a conservation area in Hillingdon, the property must not breach any conservation area conditions. These conditions could include restrictions on the use of PVC windows, restrictions on extensions normally within Permitted Development rights or limits on the use of cladding.
The local authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed.
Hillingdon conservation areas include West Drayton Green, Longford Village and Ruislip. Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Hillingdon's conservation areas.
Conveyancing - Selling a property in Hillingdon
Conveyancing for a sale of a house or flat is simpler than for a purchase. With a purchase, caveat-emptor' means that the onus is solely on the buyer to discover whether the property is legally sound.
When selling, conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon acting for the existing owner just answer enquiries made on behalf of the buyer.
What could go wrong?
Common issues, like complexities where there is a 'share of freehold' or previous or historic subsidence, have the potential to delay a sale if not handled appropriately.
Property specialists will almost always recommend that vendors face any such problems head on and fix them.
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Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property
Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is significantly more technical than for a freehold property.
Conveyancing solicitors in Hillingdon will also carry out additional work, and this could include collating the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to details of any required deed of covenant.
To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold house or flat, it is strongly advised that you instruct a lawyer as soon as the decision is made to sell.
Can Quittance conveyancers act for both the buyer and the seller of the same house?
SRA regulations prevent the same conveyancing solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale. Conveyancers who are regulated by the CLC, however, can act for both sides.
You can contact a property solicitor firm in Hillingdon to handle your legal work, if a Quittance conveyancer is carrying out the legal work for the other side.
Local Hillingdon conveyancing solicitor directory
- Pinidiya Solicitors, 100 Hercies Rd, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB10 9ND
- Bana Vaid & Associates, 5 Marlborough Parade, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB10 0LR
- Regent Associates (UK) Limited, 1 Halls Terrace, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB10 0NS
Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Hillingdon
Whilst there are many reasons to consider remortgaging, homeowners usually remortgage their home to get a more affordable interest rate.
Homeowners can appreciate the benefits of a lower rate faster with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Hillingdon, working to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in securing the rate you want.
It is crucial that the property lawyer carrying out the remortgage can also represent the new lender. Our conveyancers are panel members of all major banks and building societies. So whether you are moving to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Bank of Ireland, Quittance can help.
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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