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Lewes conveyancing FAQs

How much is the Council Tax in Lewes District Council in 2021?

Lewes is situated in Lewes District Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Lewes Council Tax (2021/22)
A £1,407.36
B £1,641.92
C £1,876.48
D £2,111.04
E £2,580.16
F £3,049.28
G £3,518.40
H £4,222.08

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

Conveyancing fees include the conveyancer's legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on your behalf, such as Land Registry fees and landlord fees. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Your legal fees for buying or selling a house in Lewes are fixed, which means that what you are quoted is exactly what you pay

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Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Lewes sale or purchase.

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

Property searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Lewes conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. 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?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. Buying a leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold property as more technical complexity exists.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete service charge accounts to uncontactable landlords.

Expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time required by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer, because the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord.

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

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

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.1% (Apr 2021). A good Lewes remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a flexible mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a joint mortgage with the Bank of Ireland, we can assist.

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Will I need a solicitor to transfer equity in my Lewes property?

When a joint owner of a property gives or sells their share in the property to a new owner or owners, this is called a transfer of equity. A solicitor can carry out the legal work required for this transfer, including any Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) paperwork. Your conveyancing solicitor can carry out transfer of equity (and remortgage) work for a fixed, low fee.

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