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With one of the most diverse economies in the UK, Leeds is considered the cultural and commercial heart of West Yorkshire. In recent years it has experienced the fastest rate of private-sector jobs growth of any UK city. After London, Leeds is the largest legal and financial centre in the UK.

As well as having a vibrant economy, Leeds is one of the greenest cities in the UK. The city council maintains many large parks and open spaces, including Roundhay Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe.

One of the UK's hot-spots for nightlife, Leeds is home to Grand Theatre, First Direct Arena and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and offers an eclectic mix of live entertainment.

Leeds conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Leeds City Council?

Leeds is situated in Leeds City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Leeds City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1049.40
B £1224.30
C £1399.20
D £1574.10
E £1923.90
F £2273.70
G £2623.50
H £3148.20

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Leeds conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Leeds carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's expert solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your detailed quote will explain what the fees and disbursements will be when your move completes.

If, for whatever reason, your move does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Leeds?

Property searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Leeds conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Leeds - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold house or flat in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like sinking fund issues and marriage value issues.

A good property lawyer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on a leasehold property, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor must review several leasehold-related documents. These could include three years' filed accounts for the property management and management company information. Delays are usually caused by the time needed by the solicitor to gather this paperwork.

It can take weeks to collect the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond, so your solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am buying a new build property in Leeds - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build home in Leeds .

A good solicitor in Leeds will need to be qualified to handle things like dealing with lender conditions, verifying rights of access and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Ward Cole.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

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

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Leeds could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to an interest-only mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Yorkshire Building Society, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender