Updated: October 12, 2018

Littlehampton conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Littlehampton

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the costs you pay to conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton for the legal work associated with moving home.

Are Littlehampton conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton will work on an hourly-rate basis. Some conveyancers will complete the work for a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancers work on fixed legal fees (known as 'No Sale, No Fee' or 'No Move, No Fee'), with no hidden fees. Your quote will set out exactly what you will need to pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also need to budget for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the costs and expenses a solicitor needs to pay out on behalf of a client. These include costs like telegraphic transfer fees or Land Registry fees.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will conveyancing in Littlehampton cost in total?

Littlehampton conveyancing solicitor fees will not vary. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. For example, Local Authority Search fees can vary and additional region-specific searches, e.g. a flood plain search, may be needed.

For a standard conveyancing transaction, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. There are no hidden fees or costs to be paid with Quittance. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Littlehampton

Purchase conveyancing will need the Littlehampton conveyancing solicitor to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such factors can range from problems with the property's title to the future saleability of the property.

The conveyancer will report their findings back to the buyer and the lender (where there is a mortgage), assist in resolving any issues and register the title in the new owner's name.

This section of the article sets out useful advice for buyers who need conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton.

Your Littlehampton conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you select a conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton, it is vital that you check that they can act in the interests of your lender, whether you are taking out a mortgage from the HSBC, the Swansea Building Society or any other lender.

Your solicitor may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your lender, because some mortgage lenders are only prepared to work with a restricted list (called a 'lender panel') of legal practices.

If that is the case, the lender will likely need a different legal firm to complete the legal work, and you will then have to cover this substitute lawyer's fees. This can frustrate or delay the process.

Your purchase could be threatened by failing to check your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Our solicitors are approved to act for all lenders.

Conveyancing Searches (Arun District Council)

Property searches are enquiries made of public bodies by Littlehampton conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting the property being purchased.

Mortgagees almost always need property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') to be obtained. These include:

Local Authority (LA) searchcovers planning applications, building control history and enforcement action against the property. The LA search also includes details of any nearby road development schemes.
Environmental searchshows risks within 500 metres of the property, such as toxic chemicals in the land
Drainage & Water searchconfirms who is responsible for the upkeep of the water pipes and drainage that serve the property.
Chancel repair liabilitysome Littlehampton property may still owe a liability to the local parish for repairs. Insurance can be taken out to protect against this risk.

More specific searches, such as a tin mining search or a Forestry Commission search, may also be advised in the standard searches.

Arun District Council has a usual lead time of 4 weeks for Residential property searches, so your lawyer will recommend using quicker personal searches.

Planning searches

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer will also order an Official Copy of the Title Register from HM Land Registry. This will help to reveal planning issues. These issues could include a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan or right of access issues.

Arun District Council Council Tax

The amount of council tax a homeowner in Littlehampton will pay to Arun District Council will depend on the property's value and the number of residents. For instance a home in the Arun District Council area in Band C would pay £1,538 per annum.

Conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton will inform the buyer of the home's council tax band after this is confirmed by the searches.

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 reduces the tax due to 75% which would equal £1,154.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes or if the property is armed forces accommodation. A property built after 1991 is assessed and given a council tax banding by the Valuation Office Agency.

Band Arun District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,154
B £1,346
C £1,538
D £1,731
E £2,115
F £2,500
G £2,885
H £3,462
To challenge your banding contact:

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

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) should reassess a property's band on request.

Stamp Duty on Littlehampton properties

The threshold for Stamp Duty Land Tax for a residential property is £125,000. It is the responsibility of the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor to handle the tax return process for the purchase.

Quittance Conveyancing ensure that the complicated SDLT1 form is completed accurately and without delay.

See table below for SDLT examples for homes in Littlehampton:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £309,906 £5,495.30
Average price (detached) £440,504 £12,025.20
Average new build £332,611 £6,630.55

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Littlehampton

Since 11/17, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on residential properties valued over £300,000. Following a change in April 2016, a 3% stamp duty surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. Therefore, if a homeowner in Littlehampton bought a second home for the average price of £309,906 the SDLT would be £24,792.48.

Littlehampton conveyancing solicitors should confirm their client pays the right amount.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Littlehampton

New build site

It is thought that over 100,000 UK homeowners have leases with problematic lease terms. The many potential problems awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser include costly and undisclosed major works and increasing ground rents.

Severe consequences can result from a less-experienced lawyer's inaccurate leasehold advice.

If you intend to purchase a leasehold property, a competent conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton will consider potential leasehold issues, e.g. absent freeholders, understanding regional and era-specific nuances of leases and short leases.

Ensure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease - You can call our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team today on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Littlehampton?

Building site

The average price for a new build in Littlehampton is £351,706. 11 new builds have been bought in Littlehampton in 2018 so far.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton will need to be familiar with local Littlehampton factors and new build's added complexities, such as investigating issues with drains and roads that serve the property and helping with mortgage offer extension terms.

Our new build conveyancing team are experts in new build purchases and working to developer exchange timeframes.

Conservation areas in West Sussex

If you are planning to purchase a residential property in a conservation area in Littlehampton, the property must be compliant with any local conservation area restrictions. These building controls, referred to as Article 4 Directions, can include restrictions on the removal of front boundary walls, railings or fences, restrictions on the erection of outbuildings or general restrictions governing unsympathetic additions or modifications.

The local planning authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as knocking down a new modern-style extension.

Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Littlehampton.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Littlehampton

The conveyancing process on a house sale is generally simpler than when purchasing. The buyer's solicitor undertakes due diligence into the property's title and other legal aspects, whilst conveyancing solicitors in Littlehampton acting for the seller essentially just replies to the solicitor's standard and additional enquiries.

Factors that could delay or endanger your home sale

Common issues, like excessive service charges or not having appropriate warranties, can slow or frustrate your move if they are ignored.

Property experts will almost always advise that vendors address these issues immediately.

Useful reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Leasehold flats

The legal work for a leasehold flat is a great deal more technical than for a freehold property.

Littlehampton conveyancing solicitors will also perform extra work, which could include requesting managing agent information, through to finding out if there are any payment arrears.

It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a conveyancer as early in the process as possible, and ideally before marketing the property, to reduce delays associated with leasehold property, especially delays relating to freeholders and managing agents.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for the buyer and the vendor of the same property?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules ban the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale.

You can contact a property solicitor firm in Littlehampton to handle your legal work, if we are acting for the other side.

Local Littlehampton conveyancing solicitor directory

  • E J Moyle LLP, 15 Beach Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5HZ
  • Chamberlain Martin Solicitors, 23 Goda Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 6AS
  • Henchleys, 39a High Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5EG
  • Wannops LLP, 6 Surrey Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5BG
  • Warwick & Barker, 78 Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN16 3EZ

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Littlehampton

Homeowners remortgage for a variety of reasons, for example releasing equity, or moving from a tracker to a fixed-rate. The most common reason, however, is to reduce the monthly repayments.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Littlehampton will complete the conveyancing quickly, and move you to the better rate sooner. With the base rate set at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting the mortgage rate you want.

So that they can make sure that the lender's interests are safeguarded, the property lawyer will act for both you and your new bank or building society.

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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