Updated: October 12, 2018

March conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in March

Conveyancing solicitor fees are what you pay to conveyancing solicitors in March for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

Are March conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in March will work on a price per hour basis, and others on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee') basis. Our solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis, with no hidden costs. Your quote will set out exactly what you will need to pay when your sale or purchase completes.

What are disbursements?

In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf, such as office copies and title plans or Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

See: How much should conveyancing fees cost?

How much will the total conveyancing fees in March cost?

March conveyancing solicitor fees will be the same as anywhere else in the UK. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. For example, council search fees will vary and additional region-specific searches, such as utilities searches, may be needed.

For a standard sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance, there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

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

Conveyancing - Buying a property in March

In carrying out the conveyancing for a property purchase, the conveyancing solicitor in March will carry out due diligence on the property's title and report back in detail to the buyer and the lender.

The solicitor will offer professional advice once their enquiries are complete, assist in resolving any issues and register the title in the new owner's name.

This section of the article sets out advice to assist buyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in March.

Your March conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Property purchasers may choose from many mortgage lenders, from a niche mortgage lender like Coutts, to a major lender such as RBS. Before selecting a March conveyancing solicitor, whoever you choose, you must confirm that they are on the approved solicitor panel of your chosen lender.

Your solicitor may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your chosen lender, because some lenders are only prepared to work with a restricted panel of solicitors or licensed conveyancers.

Under these circumstances, the lender will likely need a different solicitor firm to complete the legal work, and you will then have to cover this alternative lawyer's fees. Handling paperwork and correspondence with this additional party can delay the process.

The conveyancing process could be jeopardised by failing to confirm your conveyancing solicitor's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing can act on behalf of all lenders.

Conveyancing Searches (Fenland District Council)

Searches will be applied for by March conveyancing solicitors to expose any broader issues that might possibly reduce how much the property you are purchasing will be worth.

Lenders also need certain searches to be applied for. These include:

SearchDescription
Local Authority (LA) searchreveals issues like whether the adjoining road and pavement are publicly maintained
Drainage & Water searchidentifies the location of sewers and water mains, and will confirm whether these are maintained by the local council.
Environmental searchreveals contaminated land, landfill sites and flooding or subsidence within 500m of the property.
Chancel repair liabilitydescribes the insurance to protect against any liability to the local parish for repairs.

Your lawyer will notify you if your lender wants any more searches, such as a highways search or an energy search.

The typical lead time for LA searches from Fenland District Council is 13 weeks. Your lawyer will therefore recommend using faster personal searches.

Ensuring planning permission is in place

Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be sourced from HMLR by the conveyancing solicitor acting for the purchaser. This will help to highlight potential planning issues. Examples of these include rights or restrictions on how the property may be used or errors on the title plan.

Fenland District Council Council Tax

Council tax is calculated by Fenland District Council on property value and the number of people living in the property. For example, for an average Band C home in March, the council tax due would be £1,622 per year.

March conveyancing solicitors will inform a purchaser of the home's 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 (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,216.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example where the home is empty or unfurnished for a maximum of 60 days or if the property is left empty by someone receiving medical treatment. More recently-constructed homes are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and allocated a council tax banding.

Band Fenland District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,216
B £1,419
C £1,622
D £1,825
E £2,230
F £2,636
G £3,041
H £3,649

What to do if you suspect your new home is incorrectly valued

Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor
Churchgate
New Rd
Peterborough
PE1 1TT
Cambridgeshire

A homeowner can challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 20 council tax challenges were made. 10 were upheld and the tax was reduced.

Stamp Duty on March properties

The SDLT1 form is seven pages long, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fines those who delay in completing and returning it. SDLT works in a similar fashion to income tax insofar as a buyer will pay progressively more tax for a higher-value home.

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

See stamp duty examples for properties in March:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £199,209 £1,484.18
Average price (detached) £249,524 £2,490.48
Average new build - -

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in March

For first-time buyers, stamp duty is only payable on purchases over £300,000. If you are buying a second home for more than £40,000 then you will have to pay a 3% surcharge. So if a second home was bought for £199,209 then the stamp duty total will be £9,960.45.

March conveyancing solicitors should ensure the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in March

New build site

The potential risks of owning a leasehold property should be of serious concern for purchasers of leasehold houses or flats. The numerous common problems awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include:

  • freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders
  • unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder
  • reversionary interests
  • spiralling ground rents
Severe consequences can result from an inexperienced property lawyer's inaccurate leasehold advice.

A expert conveyancing solicitor in March will consider possible leasehold issues, such as reviewing the lease itself (some documents can be centuries old), absent freeholders and service charges for relevant date periods.

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease - Get in touch with our team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors on 0800 612 0377 today.

Buying a 'New Build' property in March?

House being built

According to HM Land Registry data, the average value of March new build property is -. - new builds -.

Purchasing a new build home requires more technical knowledge than 'standard conveyancing'. Therefore a conveyancing solicitor in March needs to be mindful of local March issues and must look into numerous things, e.g. ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met and verifying rights of easements.

Our new build conveyancing department will provide an independent view of the legal title of the house or apartment, looking out for considerations ranging from the home's subsequent mortgageability to 'doubling' ground rent and service charges (where applicable).

Conservation areas in Cambridgeshire

If you are intending to purchase a house in one of March's conservation areas, the property must not breach any conservation area restrictions. Referred to as Article 4 directions, these conditions may include possible restrictions on solar panel positioning, restrictions on extensions normally within Permitted Development rights or restrictions on the addition of cladding.

The local authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed.

The Fenland local planning authority has assigned conservation area-status to parts of March. Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in March.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in March

The conveyancing process on a sale of a house or flat is generally simpler than when purchasing. The purchaser carries out detailed research into the property's title and other legal aspects. Conveyancing solicitors in March acting for the seller, however, effectively just collects any required paperwork and responds to enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor .

What could go wrong?

Frequently occurring issues, such as missing planning regulations, could protract the sale process.

It is usually a good idea that vendors tackle such issues head on.

Further reading:

Read more sale conveyancing articles here.

Leasehold

Conveyancing for a leasehold property is quite a lot more complex compared to a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in March will need to conduct additional legal work. This can involve getting an up-to-date service charge statement or details of any deed of variation.

In order to resolve any leasehold problems faster, it is recommended that the vendor contact a lawyer as soon as the decision is made to sell.

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

SRA rules prevent the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale and purchase. However, CLC-regulated conveyancers, can act for both the buyer and the seller.

If you are buying or selling a home in March, and a Quittance conveyancer is doing the legal work for the other side, you could instruct a property solicitor firm in March to carry out your legal work.

Local March conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Bowser Ollard & Bentley Limited, 10 Market Place, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9JQ
  • Dack Pearson Solicitors, 55-57 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9JJ
  • Fraser Dawbarns LLP, 62 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9LD
  • Chapple & Co, 15 Dartford Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8LA

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in March

Benefitting from a lower interest rate to reduce monthly expenses is the main reason that homeowners remortgage. There are other reasons, such as getting onto a longer fixed-rate term, or releasing funds to help pay for home improvements.

An efficient conveyancing solicitor in March can reduce the remortgage processing time, meaning you move to your lower rate sooner. With future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a key consideration when getting the mortgage rate you want.

It is vital that the property lawyer handling your remortgage can also act for your preferred bank or building society. Quittance Conveyancing are panel members of all major banks and building societies. So whether you are moving to a tracker with the NatWest or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Barnsley 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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