Updated: October 12, 2018

Hounslow conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Hounslow

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow for the legal work involved in moving home.

Do Hounslow conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow who offer services on a fees per hour basis. Your conveyancing quote will set out what you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

You will have to pay any 'disbursements', in addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees.

Disbursements are the costs and expenses a solicitor needs to pay out on behalf of a client, such as managing agent fees or local authority searches.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will the total Hounslow solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Hounslow conveyancing solicitor fees will not vary. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. As examples, additional region-specific searches, e.g. transport searches, may be needed and council search fees will vary.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. For standard conveyancing transactions, what we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Hounslow

The London Borough of Hounslow to the west of central London includes Chiswick, Isleworth, Brentford and Feltham and borders Richmond-on-Thames and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The borough has strong transport links to central London and is also close to Heathrow airport.

Its location has attracted many organisations who have their head offices in the borough.

There is extensive redevelopment along the Great West Road (A4), where new housing and offices are being built. The borough is well-served by major parks and gardens.

Conveyancing for home buyers

The conveyancing for a property buyer will require a Hounslow conveyancing solicitor to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such issues can range from problems with the property's title (e.g. adverse possession) to issues impacting on the future saleability of the home.

The buyer's solicitor will report their findings back to the purchaser, help with resolving any problems and register the title in the new owner's name.

This section of the article provides invaluable advice for buyers who want conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow.

Your Hounslow conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether you are taking out a mortgage from Coutts, Barclays Bank or any other lender, before choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Hounslow it is very important that you make sure that they can act for your mortgage lender.

The majority of banks and building societies are only prepared to work with a select panel of legal practices that match certain criteria. If a conveyancer can't act for your mortgage lender, the lender will probably need a second legal firm to complete the legal work.

You will then have to cover this alternate solicitor's costs and significant delays to your move could occur.

The conveyancing process could be threatened by failing to confirm your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Our solicitors can act on behalf of all lenders.

Hounslow Borough Council searches and other searches

Searches are enquiries made of government bodies by Hounslow conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your planned purchase.

These searches include the local authority (LA) search, drainage & water search, environmental search and chancel repair liability.

Purchasers will be told if your chosen lender insists on any additional searches, for example a Crossrail search or a more detailed environmental report.

The average turnaround time for Residential property searches obtained from the London Borough of Hounslow is 10 weeks, so your solicitor will instead apply for quicker personal searches.

Ensuring planning permission is in place

Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be obtained by the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor. This will help to reveal any potential issues. Examples of these include outbuildings missing from the title plan or a restrictive covenant against certain alterations.

London Borough of Hounslow Council Tax

London Borough of Hounslow calculate your council tax based on various factors that include the layout of the property and the property's value as at 1 April 1991. For instance the occupier of a Valuation Band D home in the London Borough of Hounslow area would pay annual council tax of £1,462.

A conveyancing solicitor in Hounslow will inform a buyer of the home's tax band after this is confirmed by the searches.

If the property is unoccupied for 2 years or more, an additional premium of 50% may be applied to the council tax. Single person discount (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,096.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or if an occupier is a student nurse. A house or flat constructed after 1991 is assessed and given a banding by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band London Borough of Hounslow Tax (2018)
A £975
B £1,137
C £1,300
D £1,462
E £1,787
F £2,112
G £2,437
H £2,924

Could you be overpaying?

Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor Aspect Gate 166 College Rd
Harrow
HA1 1BH

A homeowner can apply for their property to be reassessed, and a refund may be due if the property is awarded a lower band.

Stamp Duty on Hounslow properties

Steep fines await those who miss the Stamp Duty Land Tax payment deadline. Stamp duty is only applicable to homes where the purchase price exceeds £125,000.

With Quittance Conveyancing you have the peace of mind that the SDLT1 return is completed correctly and quickly when your purchase completes.

See SDLT examples for homes in Hounslow:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £507,987 £15,399.35
Average price (detached) £1,049,980 £48,748.00
Average new build £499,183 £14,959.15
Following a change in April 2016, a surcharge of 3% is applied for purchases of additional property. So if a second property was bought for £507,987 then the stamp duty total will be £40,638.96.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Hounslow

For first-time buyers, stamp duty is only payable on purchases over £300k.

Conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow will ensure an accurate calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Hounslow

New build site

The risks of buying a leasehold flat in the UK are well established. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser include:

  • increasing ground rents
  • freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders
  • incomplete management company accounts
  • sub-letting restrictions
Severe consequences can result from an inexperienced lawyer's failure to give good leasehold advice.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Hounslow will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, for example :

  • reviewing the lease itself (many leases are decades old)
  • ground rents and service charges
  • absent freeholders
  • reserve funds

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with Quittance Conveyancing's specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Hounslow?

House being built

58 new build homes have been bought in Hounslow in 2018 so far, (HM Land Registry figures). The average sale price of Hounslow new build properties is £513,445.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Hounslow must be mindful of local factors and the extra complexities of new build, including confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity), squaring developer incentives with lenders and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and AHCI.

Quittance Conveyancing deliver an accurate and truly impartial assessment of the legal status of the property, looking out for concerns ranging from onerous leasehold conditions to 'doubling' ground rent and service charges (where applicable).

Conservation areas

Whether you are going to buy a listed character property or a Regency townhouse, if the house is in a conservation area, your plans to alter the house may not be permitted by London Borough of Hounslow.

Called Article 4 directions, these building controls can include:

  • Limits on roof terraces
  • Restrictions on dormer windows
  • Requiring consent to alter doors and guttering

The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even where the alterations were made by the previous owner.

Conservation areas in Hounslow include Gunnersbury Park and surrounding area, St Stephen's and Strand on the Green. Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Hounslow's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Hounslow

The legal process for a property sale is normally less troublesome than when purchasing. When buying, the principle of 'buyer beware' means that the onus lies entirely with the buyer to establish that the property's title is legally sound.

In contrast, for a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow acting for the seller need only respond to any enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor.

What could put your sale at risk?

Common issues, like not being connected to the main sewers, might slow or frustrate your move.

It is usually recommended for vendors to tackle these issues head on.

Useful reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold

The legal work for a leasehold flat is a great deal more complicated compared to a freehold house.

Conveyancing solicitors in Hounslow will also need to carry out additional work, which could include writing to the landlord for the freeholder pack, through to a copy of the insurance policy schedule.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related difficulties sooner, it is strongly advised that you instruct a conveyancer as soon as an estate agent is chosen.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both parties?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale and purchase.

You could contact a local Hounslow conveyancing solicitor firm to handle your legal work, if a Quittance conveyancer is acting for the other side.

Local Hounslow conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Crown Prosecution Service Hounslow, Hounslow Police Station, 3-5 Montague Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1LB
  • Hsbs Law Limited, 6 Red Lion House, Alexandra Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1JS
  • Lawise Solicitors Limited, 1st Floor, 6 Red Lion Court, Alexandra Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1JS
  • Mayfair Solicitors, 77 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1TT
  • Dynamic Solicitors, Unit 17 Bellview Court, Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3TQ

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Hounslow

Although there are many reasons to remortgage, people generally remortgage their home to secure a preferential rate.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Hounslow will complete the conveyancing quickly, perhaps saving you from a payment or two at your old rate. With the future of interest rates unclear, fast conveyancing can play a key role in getting on to the rate you want.

It is key that the property lawyer undertaking the legal work can also represent your chosen mortgage provider. Quittance Conveyancing are on all major lenders' panels. So no matter whether you are switching to a tracker with Santander or to a long-term fixed 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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