Updated: October 12, 2018

Newhaven conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Newhaven

Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid conveyancing solicitors in Newhaven for handling the legal work for your move.

Do Newhaven conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a guaranteed fixed conveyancing fee basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Newhaven who offer services on an hourly-rate basis. Your conveyancing quote explains what fees you will need to pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

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. These include costs like local authority searches or managing agent information.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Newhaven cost?

Although conveyancing fees in Newhaven will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, there can be variation in the disbursements required. As examples, specific extra searches, such as a Coal Authority search, may be necessary and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

With Quittance, there are no hidden fees or surprises in the small print. For standard conveyancing transactions, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. Work out the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing calculator: Click here

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

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Newhaven

The legal work for the purchase of a house or flat needs the conveyancing solicitor in Newhaven to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such factors can range from defective property title (e.g. grant of reservation of rights) to factors affecting the mortgageability (e.g. historic flooding).

The buyer's lawyer will report their findings back to the buyer, offer pragmatic solutions and ensure that the change of ownership is registered at the Land Registry.

This article provides useful information for buyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Newhaven.

Your Newhaven conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether your mortgage is with a major lender like the Yorkshire Building Society or a niche mortgage lender such as Ahli United Bank, before you select a Newhaven conveyancing solicitor it is very important that you make sure that they are approved by your chosen lender.

Your conveyancer may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your chosen lender, because some banks and building societies only accept a selected list (known as a 'lender panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet stringent criteria.

If that is the case, the lender will need a different legal firm to complete the legal work, and you will usually need to pay this second solicitor's fees. This can mean the process takes much longer.

Failing to confirm your property solicitor's lender panel status could mean significant delays.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all banks and building societies.

Lewes District Council searches

Residential property searches will be applied for by Newhaven conveyancing solicitors to help identify issues that might compromise how much your property is worth. They include:

SearchDescription
Local Authority (LA) searchexposes issues like road schemes that could affect the property
Environmental searchdescribes hazards (such as historic flooding or mining subsidence) within 500m of the property. This search also identifies sites of contaminated land nearby.
Drainage & Water searchidentifies whether the owner or local authority must pay for the maintenance of water mains and sewers
Chancel repair liabilitydescribes the insurance to protect against any liability to the local parish for repairs.

More specialised searches, such as a highways authority search or a geological search, may also be recommended in the initial search results.

Lewes District Council has a typical lead time of 20 weeks for property searches. Your lawyer could instead use faster personal searches.

Planning searches

Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be applied for from the Land Registry by the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor, helping to evidence any issues, such as the breach of a restrictive covenant or a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan.

Lewes District Council Council Tax

Lewes District Council calculate council tax on Newhaven homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). For instance a residential property in the Lewes District Council area in Tax Band E would pay £2,376 per annum.

A conveyancing solicitor in Newhaven will inform the purchaser of the home's council tax band once they are themselves notified.

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 £1,782.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or if the property is left empty by someone receiving medical treatment.

Band Lewes District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,296
B £1,512
C £1,728
D £1,944
E £2,376
F £2,808
G £3,240
H £3,889

Are you paying more than you should?

To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
St. Annes House
2 St. Annes Rd
Eastbourne
BN21 3LG
East Sussex

Owners can apply for their property to be reassessed. If the valuation is revised down, they may be entitled to a refund.

Stamp Duty on Newhaven properties

If you are buying a residential property that costs over £125,000, then you will have to pay stamp duty to HMRC. Completing the SDLT1 form in order to pay stamp duty is a daunting prospect for a layperson.

Quittance ensure that the hard to understand SDLT1 form is completed accurately and without delay.

This table sets out SDLT for average property in Newhaven:

  Average selling price (2017) SDLT
Average price £258,937 £2,946.85
Average price (detached) £338,787 £6,939.35
Average new build £334,737 £6,736.85
Homeowners must pay a higher rate of SDLT when buying a second home. So if a second home was bought for £258,937 then the SDLT total will be £20,714.96.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Newhaven

As from November 2017, first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300k.

Newhaven conveyancing solicitors will confirm the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Newhaven

New build site

It is risky to purchase a leasehold house or flat without understanding the implications. Ground rent multipliers, reversionary interests and sinking fund issues are among the many common complications lying in wait for an uninformed buyer.

Bad or incomplete leasehold advice, from a property lawyer lacking in specialist knowledge, could have serious financial consequences.

A experienced conveyancing solicitor in Newhaven will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, including unexpired lease terms, annual statements of account and budgets for service charges and reviewing the lease itself.

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with our specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Newhaven?

New build building site

Based on local data compiled by HMLR, 19 brand new properties were purchased in Newhaven last year. The average price for new builds in Newhaven is £334,737.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Newhaven will need to be aware of both local Newhaven issues as well as new build's additional complexities, including working to builders' exchange timelines and handling reservation fees.

Our highly qualified team of new build conveyancers are specialists in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and meeting short developer deadlines.

Conservation areas in East Sussex

When acting for the buyer of a home in Newhaven, a conveyancing solicitor will need to confirm if the residential property is in a conservation area in Newhaven. If it is, the property could be affected by specific constraints. These constraints, referred to as Article 4 Directions, could include a wide range of constraints from restrictions on the addition of boundary walls, to restrictions on hard standings at the front of the property.

If a property is in breach, the owner could be required to pay for the property to be returned to a compliant state, even if the previous owner was responsible for the changes.

Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Newhaven's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Newhaven

The legal work involved in a property sale is normally less troublesome than for a purchase. The purchaser must carry out a thorough investigation on the legal title of your home, whilst conveyancing solicitors in Newhaven acting for the vendor effectively just collects all documents and information relating to the property and replies to the solicitor's standard and additional enquiries .

Factors that could delay or endanger the sale of your home

Obstacles, like not being registered at the Land Registry, can threaten the sale process if ignored.

Property experts almost always advise that vendors address such issues immediately.

Useful reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

Conveyancing for a leasehold property is significantly more complicated than it is for a freehold home.

Leasehold complexity involves additional work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Newhaven, including requesting the latest service charge and ground rent statement or a copy of the building's asbestos survey (if required).

To accelerate the handling of the leasehold work, it is highly recommended that you contact a leasehold specialist as early as possible.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for both parties?

Conveyancers regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, SRA regulations restrict a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale and purchase.

If you are buying or selling a house or flat in Newhaven, and a Quittance conveyancer is acting for the other side, you may want to instruct a property solicitor firm in Newhaven to undertake your legal work.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Newhaven

The most common reason people remortgage a home is to lower their monthly repayments. Other reasons to switch lenders or mortgage deals include extending the mortgage term, or wanting to overpay when the lender refuses.

You can enjoy the benefits of a better rate sooner with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Newhaven. With rate rises anticipated, fast conveyancing can be a critical factor in getting onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

The property lawyer carrying out your remortgage must also be able to act on behalf of your new mortgage provider. Our conveyancers are panel members of all major banks and building societies, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Royal Bank of Scotland or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, we 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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