Northwood conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in London Borough of Hillingdon?

Northwood is situated in London Borough of Hillingdon. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band London Borough of Hillingdon Council Tax (2018/19)
A £938.11
B £1094.46
C £1250.81
D £1407.16
E £1719.86
F £2032.56
G £2345.27
H £2814.32

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Northwood conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Northwood provide legal services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house purchase or sale goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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

Property searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Northwood conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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 leasehold conveyancing take?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The legal work for a leasehold home can take weeks longer than freehold property as the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete managing agent information to uncontactable landlords.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much longer to complete the legal work on a leasehold home when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review several leasehold-related documents. These could include three years' filed accounts for the property management and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time required by the solicitor to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.

It can take a long time to gather the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property, so your lawyer ought to start this process even before a sale has been agreed.

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

I am buying a new build property in Northwood - what do I need to know?

The legal work for purchasing a new build home in Northwood is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A solicitor in Northwood will need to be qualified to handle things like handling structural guarantees, confirming building regulation compliance and working with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Capital Warranties.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are well versed in helping buyers get the best outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Northwood property?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Northwood could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our network of solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a cashback mortgage with Santander or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, we can help.

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