Littlehampton Conveyancing: FAQs
Conveyancing for buying or selling a property is complex. To help Littlehampton clients navigate the legal process, we have put together a list of common questions. If you have a specific question about Littlehampton conveyancing that we haven't covered here, please call 0800 022 4108 to speak to a member of our team.
Buying property in Littlehampton
I am buying a new build property in Littlehampton - what do I need to know?
The legal work for acquiring a new build home in Littlehampton is more complicated than buying an existing property.
A conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton must be able to deal with things like ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met, confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity) and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Protek.
How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Arun District Council in 2022?
Littlehampton is situated in Arun District Council. Council tax bands in 2022 are as follows:
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I'm purchasing a home in Littlehampton - what searches do I need?
The standard pack includes:
- Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
- Environmental Search
- Drainage and Water Search
- Chancel liability insurance (if required)
Sometimes the results of the standard searches will necessitate specialist searches e.g. an HS2 search.
To work out the total cost of searches on a Littlehampton property use our online conveyancing costs calculator.
I am buying a leasehold property in Littlehampton - what do I need to know?
Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be very involved. The numerous common problems lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders.
An experienced leasehold conveyancer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Selling property in Littlehampton
Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?
Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling leasehold properties can take much longer.
The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as a current statement of service charges. The time it takes the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.
The solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer, as this information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property.
Remortgaging in Littlehampton
Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Littlehampton property?
The base rate is now at 1.25% (June 2022). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.
Property lawyers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a flexible mortgage with the NatWest or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, Quittance can help.
Transferring equity in Littlehampton
I want to transfer equity in my Littlehampton home - how does this work?
A 'transfer of equity' is when a co-owner of a property transfers or sells their share in the property. A conveyancing solicitor can carry out the legal work for this transfer, including registering the new owner's share of the property and any Stamp Duty formalities..
Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Littlehampton
Conveyancing fees and disbursements - What's the difference?
A key difference between conveyancing fees and disbursements is who they are paid to.
Legal fees are paid to your solicitor for the work they do, whereas disbursements are paid through your solicitor to third parties like HM Land Registry.
How much should I be paying in conveyancing legal fees in 2022?
Hidden fees and potential additional costs could unexpectedly add to your final conveyancing bill, so when you are comparing Littlehampton conveyancing quotes, you should check what each quote does include. If a fee is included in one online quote but not another, check the small print.
If you are buying a leasehold property, with Help to Buy, or a share of freehold, check if there is an additional charge for this extra work.
General Littlehampton property lawyers FAQs
Are Littlehampton conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton carry out the conveyancing on an hourly rate.
Some expert solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will explain in detail what the fees and disbursements will be when your sale or purchase goes through.
If, for any reason at all, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by a No Sale, No Fee guarantee.
How we can help you
If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Littlehampton and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.
We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.
- No Move, No Fee Guarantee
- Fixed fee conveyancing service
- Littlehampton experts
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