Updated: October 12, 2018

Notting Hill conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Notting Hill

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

Are Notting Hill conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Notting Hill carry out the legal work on an hourly-rate basis, whereas others work on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee'). We work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis, with no unexpected, additional costs. Your conveyancing quote sets out all fees and other costs you will be charged when your sale or purchase completes.

Are there any other costs?

You must cover the cost of any 'disbursements', in addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees.

Disbursements are the third-party costs that your conveyancer will pass on to you at the end of the conveyancing process, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) or office copies and title plans.

See: A guide to conveyancing fees, costs and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Notting Hill cost in total?

Notting Hill conveyancing fees will be the same as anywhere else in the country. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. As examples, council search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a historic mining search, may be necessary.

For standard conveyancing transactions, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. There are no hidden fees or nasty surprises with Quittance Conveyancing. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Notting Hill

Purchase conveyancing requires a conveyancing solicitor in Notting Hill to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such issues can range from a defective title (e.g. missing easements) to issues impacting on the future saleability of the home.

The buyer's lawyer will feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer, deal with any legal issues and ensure that the change of ownership is registered at the Land Registry.

The content below considers those parts of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Notting Hill where additional expertise is needed.

Your Notting Hill conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Irrespective of whether your mortgage is with a major lender like NatWest or a niche mortgage lender such as the Skipton Building Society, before instructing a conveyancing solicitor in Notting Hill it is essential that you check that they are approved by your chosen lender.

The majority of banks and building societies are only prepared to work with a select group (often referred to as a 'panel') of solicitors or licensed conveyancers that meet strict selection criteria. If a solicitor cannot act for your chosen lender, the lender will require an alternative law firm to act in their interests.

The purchaser will be expected to pay this second lawyer's costs and significant delays to your move could occur.

Your home move could be put at risk by failing to check your conveyancer's lender panel status.

Our conveyancing solicitors can carry out the legal work for all major and minor mortgage lenders.

Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council searches and other searches

Property searches are questions asked of various bodies by Notting Hill conveyancing solicitors to give details about the property being purchased.

These searches include the local authority (LA) search, drainage & water search, environmental search and chancel repair liability.

You will be told if your mortgage lender wants any further searches, for example a highways search or a geological search.

The typical lead time for conveyancing searches supplied by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is 8 weeks. Your conveyancer will alternatively recommend using a faster search agent.

Planning documents

Office copies will also be obtained by your conveyancing solicitor, assisting with the identification of any planning issues. These issues could include a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan or a restrictive covenant against certain alterations.

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council Tax

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea calculate council tax on Notting Hill homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). The occupier of a property in Band B, for example, would owe annual council tax of £886.

Notting Hill conveyancing solicitors will inform the purchaser of the property's tax band once they have the Local Authority search results.

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 £665.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or for spouses of students who are not British.

Band Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Tax (2018)
A £760
B £886
C £1,013
D £1,139
E £1,393
F £1,646
G £1,899
H £2,279

Are you about you buy a home in the wrong council tax band?

It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 20 council tax challenges were made. 10 were upheld and refunds awarded. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
Wingate House
93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
W1D 5BU

Stamp Duty on Notting Hill properties

The current SDLT threshold is £125k. The normal process is for the conveyancing solicitor to complete the stamp duty administration. Buyers can complete the SDLT1 themselves but it is not recommended due to the complexity of the form.

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

See SDLT examples for homes in London:

  Average selling price (2017) SDLT
Average price £1,028,020 £46,552.00
Average price (detached) £1,209,120 £64,662.00
Average new build £854,797 £32,739.85

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Notting Hill

Since 2017, if you are a first-time buyer, you only pay stamp duty on property valued at over £300k. Following a change in April 2016, a 3% SDLT surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second home in Notting Hill for the average price of £1,028,020 the SDLT would be £133,642.60.

Conveyancing solicitors in Notting Hill should ensure the correct amount is calculated.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Notting Hill

New build site

The risks of purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK are well known. There are many legal issues that may be awaiting an uninformed purchaser, such as overpriced managing agent packs and spiralling ground rents.

Inaccurate leasehold advice, from an inexperienced conveyancer, can have serious consequences.

If you are planning to purchase a leasehold property, a good conveyancing solicitor in Notting Hill will consider potential leasehold issues, including :

  • sometimes ancient and arcane lease documents
  • any recent demands for service charges and ground rent
  • managing agent practices
  • complaints from neighbours
  • residents? management company

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

Buying a 'New Build' property in Notting Hill?

Building site

Based on HM Land Registry information, the average sale price of new builds in Notting Hill is £449,784. 450 new build houses and flats have been bought in Notting Hill in 2018 so far.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Notting Hill must be aware of local factors and the extra complexities associated with new build, including ensuring new estate roads are adopted and checking new build mortgage procedures are followed.

Our award-winning conveyancing team specialise in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and working to tight developer deadlines.

London Conservation areas

Your conveyancing solicitor will need to confirm if the home you are purchasing is in one of Notting Hill's conservation areas. If it is, the property will be affected by certain building controls. Called Article 4 directions, these building controls can include anything from restrictions on the style and height of boundary walls, to general restrictions governing the use of unsympathetic materials.

The local authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing wall render or paint.

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Notting Hill's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Notting Hill

The legal work involved in a sale of a home is less complicated than when buying. The purchaser conducts a detailed investigation into the property. In contrast, conveyancing solicitors in Notting Hill acting for the vendor effectively just responds to enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor.

Why do sales fall through?

Common issues, like having previously suffered from a flood event, can significantly frustrate your move.

It is better not to hide from the issue, trusting that the issue won't be discovered. Get advice, face the issues head on, and find a solution as quickly as possible.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold flats

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is significantly more involved than it is for a freehold home.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Notting Hill will usually undertake extra work, and this could include getting an up-to-date service charge statement or any details of rules covering common parts that are not contained in the lease.

A seller should plan to instruct a conveyancer as soon as possible to reduce leasehold-related delays.

What if Quittance conveyancers are acting for the other side?

SRA regulations prevent the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale and purchase. However, a CLC-regulated conveyancer, can act for both sides.

You can contact a local Notting Hill conveyancing solicitor firm to carry out your legal work, if a Quittance solicitor is acting for the other side.

Local Notting Hill conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Oliver Fisher, Astley House, 33 Notting Hill Gate, London, London, W11 3JQ

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Notting Hill

The main reason people remortgage is to secure a preferential rate. Other reasons to switch lenders or mortgage deals include wanting to borrow more, or switching from interest-only to repayment.

You can benefit from a better rate sooner with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Notting Hill, reducing the time the conveyancing takes to complete. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can play a key role in getting onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

The property lawyer will act for both you and the bank or building society, in order to confirm the lender's investment is secured.

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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