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.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

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

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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.

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.

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

Our solicitors are on the panel of all banks and building societies.

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) searchincludes a list of planning decisions that could affect the property
Environmental searchidentifies nearby landfill and contaminated land sites (within 500 metres), and if there has been any historic flooding or mining subsidence.
Drainage & Water searchcovers the location of water pipes and drains, and reveals if the upkeep for these falls on the owner or local council.
Chancel repair liabilitydescribes 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)
A £938
B £1,094
C £1,251
D £1,407
E £1,720
F £2,033
G £2,345
H £2,814
To appeal contact:

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 £452,713 £12,635.65
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

New build site

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.

Serious consequences can result from an inexperienced conveyancer's misguided leasehold advice.

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?

House under construction

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.

Conservation areas

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.

Recommended reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

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.

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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