Updated: October 12, 2018

Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Hurstpierpoint

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay conveyancing solicitors in Hurstpierpoint for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

Are Hurstpierpoint conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on fixed legal fees (known as 'No Sale, No Fee' or 'No Move, No Fee') with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Hurstpierpoint who will work on an hourly rate. Your conveyancing quote explains all fees and other costs you will be charged when your property transaction has completed.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also need to budget for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees that a property lawyer must pay to other companies during the process of buying or selling your home. These include costs like HMLR fees or managing agent information.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Hurstpierpoint cost?

Hurstpierpoint conveyancing fees will not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, additional region-specific searches, such as utilities searches, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

There are no hidden fees or nasty surprises with Quittance Conveyancing. For a standard sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Hurstpierpoint

Recent changes to the law mean that a seller is obliged to reveal any property defects or disputes.

It remains, however, the duty of a conveyancing solicitor in Hurstpierpoint to make enquiries about the property, report back to the purchaser and the mortgage lender (if applicable), make practical suggestions and make sure that the title is registered in the name of the new buyer.

The following discusses the kinds of property which could be of concern to people looking for conveyancing solicitors in Hurstpierpoint for a purchase.

Your Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether your mortgage is with a niche lender like Aldermore Bank or a large lender such as Britannia, before you choose a Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitor it is paramount that you confirm that they can act in the interests of your lender.

A lot of lenders will only accept a restricted list (called a 'lender panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet strict selection criteria. If your conveyancer is not on the panel of your lender, the lender will require an alternative firm to complete the legal work.

The home buyer will usually need to pay this substitute solicitor's fees, and the conveyancing process can take much longer.

The conveyancing process could be put at risk by failing to check your lawyer's lender panel status.

Our solicitors can carry out the legal work for all major and minor mortgage lenders.

Conveyancing Searches (Mid Sussex District Council)

Property searches are questions submitted to public bodies by Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitors to provide information about your new home.

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

More pertinent searches, such as a Crossrail search or a geological search, may also be recommended depending on the contents of the standard searches.

The estimated turnaround time for searches ordered from Mid Sussex District Council is 6 weeks. As a result, regulated searches will be faster.

Ensuring planning permission is in place

Official Entries will also be applied for from HM Land Registry by the conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer, assisting with the identification of planning issues, for example rights or restrictions on how the property may be used or errors on the title plan.

Mid Sussex District Council Council Tax

Mid Sussex District Council calculate council tax on Hurstpierpoint homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). For example, for an average Band D house in Hurstpierpoint, the council tax payable would be £1,714.

Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitors will inform a buyer of the home's council tax band as soon as they are notified.

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 £1,285.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or if the property is occupied by someone who is seriously mentally impaired. A property constructed after 1991 is assigned a banding by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band Mid Sussex District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,142
B £1,333
C £1,523
D £1,714
E £2,094
F £2,475
G £2,856
H £3,427

Can you challenge the council tax bracket?

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

Valuation Office Agency
Strand Parade
The Boulevard
Worthing
BN12 6EA
West Sussex

From April 2016 to March 2017, 60 council tax challenges were made. 30 resulted in a reduction.

Stamp Duty on Hurstpierpoint properties

Submitting the SDLT1 form to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is difficult and time consuming. The majority of buyers get their conveyancing solicitor to do it for them.

A homebuyer will usually need to pay SDLT if the property they are buying is valued at over £125k.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) late filing penalties are avoided using the latest online case management system.

See examples for average West Sussex properties:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £364,921 £8,246.05
Average price (detached) £553,692 £17,684.60
Average new build £386,752 £9,337.60

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Hurstpierpoint

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300k. Higher rates of stamp duty apply to buyers of second residential property in the form of a higher rate of 3%. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second home in Hurstpierpoint for the average price of £364,921 the SDLT would be £29,193.68.

Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitors should confirm the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Hurstpierpoint

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold property if you don't know what you are getting into can be fraught with risk. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include:

  • unreasonable managing agent fees
  • doubling ground rents
  • onerous covenants
Serious consequences can result from a less-experienced conveyancer's failure to give good leasehold advice.

If you are planning to purchase a leasehold home, a specialist conveyancing solicitor in Hurstpierpoint will consider potential leasehold issues, such as :

  • reviewing the lease
  • managing agent or landlord enquiries
  • service charge records from the last three years
  • block management regulations that sit outside the lease
  • buildings insurance apportionments

Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitor team will ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Hurstpierpoint?

House being built

Based on data collated by the HM Land Registry, 63 new build homes have been bought in Hurstpierpoint in 2018 so far. The average purchase price of Hurstpierpoint new build properties is £379,456.

The legal work for buying a new build home can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing. To avoid potential problems a Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitor needs to be conscious of local Hurstpierpoint issues and should consider a range of factors, including helping with mortgage offer extension terms and dealing with incomplete service connection agreements.

Our new build conveyancing team are specialists in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and working to tight developer deadlines.

West Sussex Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will check if the house you are planning to buy is in one of Hurstpierpoint's conservation areas. If it is, the property will be affected by specific conditions. These building controls, referred to as Article 4 Directions, could include restrictions on the removal or addition of front boundary walls, limitations on new outbuildings or general restrictions governing non-uniform additions or modifications.

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

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Hurstpierpoint's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Hurstpierpoint

The legal work involved in a sale of a home is more straightforward than when purchasing. During the sale of a house or flat, the responsibility is solely on the buyer to validate that the property they are buying is legally sound.

Conversely, when selling, conveyancing solicitors in Hurstpierpoint acting for the seller need only respond to the purchaser's enquiries.

What could jeopardise your sale?

Homes will frequently have many legal problems (e.g. being in an area threatened by local development or not having a building regulations completion certificate) that have the capacity to prevent the conveyancing process from completing on time.

You shouldn't bury your head in the sand in the hope that any issues won't be spotted. Instead, get professional advice and attempt to resolve it as early as possible.

Recommended reading:

Read more helpful advice for sellers here.

Leasehold

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is significantly more specialised than for a freehold property.

Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitors must usually carry out further legal work, for example contacting the freeholder for the most recent annual service charge accounts, through to information about any reserve fund that may be held.

It is recommended that the seller instructs a property lawyer with leasehold experience as soon as an estate agent is chosen to reduce delays.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for both the buyer and the seller in a single transaction?

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale and purchase. However, a CLC-regulated conveyancer, can act for both parties.

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

Local Hurstpierpoint conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Ivan Newell, 5 West Furlong Court, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9RH
  • Castles, 118 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PX
  • Odt Consultancy Limited, Wheel House, 133 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PU

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Hurstpierpoint

The main reason people remortgage is to benefit from a lower interest rate. There are any number of other reasons to consider remortgaging, such as the current mortgage deal coming to an end, or releasing equity.

An efficient conveyancing solicitor in Hurstpierpoint will complete the conveyancing quickly, helping you get onto the lower rate earlier. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and the future of interest rates unclear, fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to securing your preferred rate.

The property lawyer conducting the legal work needs to be able to act for the new mortgage provider. Our conveyancing team are on the panel for all major UK lenders, so whether you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with the NatWest or to a joint mortgage with the Yorkshire Bank, we can assist.

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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