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Once the largest cities after London, Norwich is the county town of Norfolk. Its location in East Anglia makes Norwich one of the least accessible cities in the UK, but this has protected it from over development as a commuter hub. Many of the houses are period properties, although several areas are currently being regenerated, with a mix of residential homes and retail spaces.

Employment prospects are very good - Norwich Research Park, one of Europe's largest single-site research centres specialises in the multi-billion-pound food, health and life science sector, has created 12,000 jobs, with a further 5,000 expected by 2021.

Norwich conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Norwich City Council?

Norwich is situated in Norwich City Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Norwich City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1205.55
B £1406.48
C £1607.40
D £1808.33
E £2210.18
F £2612.03
G £3013.88
H £3616.66

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Norwich conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Norwich provide legal services on an hourly basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of property lawyers work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your property sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your property sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in Norwich - what searches do I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Water search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance

Sometimes the solicitor will recommend additional searches , for example a search.

To check the price of searches on a Norwich move, try our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Norwich - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be complicated. The many potential problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like unreasonable managing agent fees and marriage value issues.

A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on leasehold houses or flats when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, like management company information and an up-to-date statement of service charges. Delays are usually the result of the time required by the solicitor to source this information.

Your solicitor should start this process as soon as possible, because these details can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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

I am remortgaging a property in Norwich - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Norwich will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with Santander or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, we can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender