Updated: October 12, 2018

Lancing conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Lancing

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid conveyancing solicitors in Lancing for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.

Are Lancing conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Lancing offer services on a price per hour basis, while other property lawyers will work for a fixed fee (known as 'No Move, No Fee'). Our solicitors work on fixed legal fees (known as 'No Sale, No Fee' or 'No Move, No Fee'), with no unexpected, additional costs. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your house or flat sale completes.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also have to pay for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client. These include costs like property searches or ID checks.

See: A guide to conveyancing fees, costs and disbursements

How much will the total Lancing solicitor conveyancing fees be?

Lancing conveyancing fees will be the same as anywhere else in the country. There may, however, be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, such as a flooding search, may be necessary.

For a standard sale or purchase, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. There are no hidden fees or costs to be paid with Quittance Conveyancing. Work out the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing calculator: Click here

Quittance's fees were cheaper - less than half the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Lancing

When carrying out the legal work for a homebuyer, the Lancing conveyancing solicitor will look into the legal ownership rights or 'title' of the property and report back to the buyer and the lender.

Once their enquiries are complete the conveyancer will give advice and will deal with any legal problems and ensure that the full legal ownership is transferred.

This section considers the kinds of property which may be of interest to people looking for conveyancing solicitors in Lancing for a purchase.

Your Lancing conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before instructing a conveyancing solicitor in Lancing, you must confirm that they can act in the interests of your mortgage lender, whether you are taking out a mortgage from Barclays Bank, the Monmouthshire Building Society or any other lender.

Your conveyancer may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your mortgage lender, because some lenders are only prepared to work with a select list (referred to as a 'panel') of firms.

If this is the case, the lender will probably need an alternative legal firm to complete the legal work, and you will then have to cover this alternative solicitor's costs. This can push back the completion date of the purchase.

Failing to confirm your conveyancer's lender panel status can result in serious delays.

Our solicitors are on the panel of all banks and other lenders.

Adur District Council searches

Property searches are questions asked of various bodies by Lancing conveyancing solicitors to provide information about your planned purchase.

Searches are carried out primarily to satisfy mortgage conditions, and include the local authority (LA) search, environmental search, drainage & water search and chancel repair liability.

Further searches, such as an HS2 search or a disadvantaged area search, may also be referred to in the initial search results.

Buyers can expect to wait up to 15 weeks for conveyancing searches delivered by Adur District Council. Personal searches (as opposed to official LA searches) will therefore delivered sooner.

Planning documents

Office copies will also be ordered from the Land Registry by the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor. This will help to highlight any issues, for example outbuildings lying outside the boundary or limits on the development of the property.

Adur District Council Council Tax

Council tax is calculated by Adur District Council on property value and the number of people living in the property. For instance for an average Band E home in Lancing, the council tax amount would be £2,192 per year.

A conveyancing solicitor in Lancing will inform a buyer of the property's tax band as soon as they are notified.

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 £1,644.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or if the resident is living in long term residential care. The Valuation Office Agency assign council tax bands for new build properties, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Adur District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,196
B £1,395
C £1,595
D £1,794
E £2,192
F £2,591
G £2,990
H £3,588

Is it possible to appeal?

A homeowner can challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 0 council tax challenges were made. 0 were upheld and the tax was reduced. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

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

Stamp Duty on Lancing properties

Stamp duty is a percentage of the purchase price of a property paid by the buyer to HMRC. It is due on properties bought for over £125,000. SDLT is paid to HMRC by completing an SDLT1 form. The form is lengthy and complex.

Quittance will complete the SDLT1 form for you at the point your purchase completes.

This table sets out SDLT for typical property in Lancing:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £291,480 £4,574.00
Average price (detached) £402,668 £10,133.40
Average new build - -
Higher rates of stamp duty apply to buyers of second home in the form of a surcharge of 3%. E.g. if a second home was bought for £291,480 then the stamp duty including the surcharge would be £23,318.40. .

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Lancing

Since Nov 2017, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on residential properties valued over £300,000.

Lancing conveyancing solicitors should ensure the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Lancing

New build site

Buying a leasehold house or flat is not as simple as purchasing a freehold property. The numerous common problems awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser include onerous covenants, increasing ground rents and sub-letting restrictions.

Serious financial ramifications can result from a less-experienced conveyancing solicitor's misguided leasehold advice.

If you intend to buy a house or flat with a lease, a experienced conveyancing solicitor in Lancing will consider possible leasehold issues, e.g. dealing with freeholders, understanding regional and era-specific nuances of leases and sinking funds.

Our leasehold conveyancing solicitors will ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Lancing?

New build site

The average purchase price of Lancing new build homes is -, according to Her Majesty's Land Registry. - new build houses and flats -.

The legal work for buying a new build home is frequently more involved than other types of conveyancing. To avoid potential problems a conveyancing solicitor in Lancing must be mindful of both region-specific considerations and also must look into numerous things, e.g. checking new build mortgage procedures are followed and handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders.

Our highly qualified new build conveyancing team are experts in working to developer exchange timeframes and helping the buyer get the best possible purchase terms.

Conservation areas in West Sussex

When acting for the purchaser of a property in Lancing, a conveyancing solicitor will check if the property is in a conservation area in Lancing. If it is, the home could be affected by certain building controls. Referred to as Article 4 directions, these building controls can include restrictions on the removal of front boundary walls, general restrictions governing unsympathetic additions or modifications or limitations on new outbuildings.

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

Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Lancing's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Lancing

Conveyancing for a house sale is more straightforward than for a property purchase. The buyer's conveyancer has to carry out detailed due diligence into the property, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Lancing acting for the vendor essentially just collects any required paperwork and answers the purchaser's enquiries .

What could go wrong?

Obstacles, such as restrictive covenants, can easily endanger the conveyancing process.

Generally speaking, you should face any such problems head on and fix them.

Recommended reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Selling a leasehold property

The legal work for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is quite a lot more involved in comparison with a freehold house.

Conveyancing solicitors in Lancing will also perform extra work, and this could include obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the lease.

It is strongly advised that you contact a leasehold expert as soon as possible to ensure any legal complexity is correctly handled.

What if Quittance is already acting for the other side?

SRA rules ban the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. CLC-regulated conveyancers, however, can act for both sides.

If you are buying or selling a Lancing home, and a Quittance solicitor is doing the legal work for the other side, you can contact a property solicitor firm in Lancing to handle your legal work.

Local Lancing conveyancing solicitor directory

  • BBMW Limited, 3 Station Parade, South Street, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8AA
  • Norton Wagstaffe (West Sussex) Limited, 117 Brighton Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8HT

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Lancing

Securing a lower rate is the main reason that people opt to remortgage. There are other reasons, including switching from interest-only to repayment, or consolidating loan repayments.

An efficient conveyancing solicitor in Lancing can reduce the remortgage processing time, and move you to the better rate sooner. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when securing your preferred rate.

Your property lawyer should also be able to act for your chosen mortgage provider. Our conveyancing team are panel members of all major banks and building societies. So whether you are moving to a variable-rate with the Bank of Scotland or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Leeds Building Society, our remortgage team 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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