Lancaster conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Lancashire County Council?

Lancaster is situated in Lancashire County Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band West Lancashire District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1169.67
B £1364.61
C £1559.56
D £1754.50
E £2144.39
F £2534.28
G £2924.17
H £3509.00

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Lancaster?

Conveyancing fees will include the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as Stamp Duty and Office Copies. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our fees for buying or selling a house in Lancaster are fixed, meaning for a standard transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Lancaster sale or purchase

Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives you a detailed fixed fee quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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I'm buying a property in Lancaster - 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 Lancaster property try our conveyancing cost calculator.

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How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Lancaster?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Purchasing a leasehold property can take weeks more to complete than a freehold property as there is more to prepare and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Varied factors, such as uncontactable landlords or slow receipt of the managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Our expert leasehold conveyancing team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Lancaster?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more difficult than for a freehold property.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Lancaster, for example obtaining an up-to-date service charge statement, through to a copy of the insurance policy.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is recommended that the vendor contact a Lancaster conveyancing solicitor as soon as is practicable.

I am remortgaging a property in Lancaster - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Lancaster will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a tracker with the Halifax or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, we can assist.

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