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Previously the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world, 21st century Oldham is now predominantly a residential town, situated on the edge of the Pennines, north-east of Manchester. Although still dominated by its industrial heritage, major regeneration is in progress, with new homes and new shops being built in the town centre and a new 'Independent Quarter' promotes independent businesses and entrepreneurs.

Affordable property, easy access to the Manchester nightlife and the Peak District National Park just a short journey away make Oldham an attractive prospect for first-time buyers.

Oldham conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council?

Oldham is situated in Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1206.02
B £1407.02
C £1608.03
D £1809.03
E £2211.04
F £2613.04
G £3015.05
H £3618.06

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Oldham conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Oldham offer their services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your house sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your house 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 home in Oldham - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

On occasion the results of the standard searches will necessitate specialist searches e.g. a search.

To see the total cost of searches on a Oldham house or flat, use our calculator.

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

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The legal work for a leasehold home can take weeks more to complete than a freehold property because there is more work involved and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or incomplete managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

I am selling a leasehold property in Oldham - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is much more involved than for a freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Oldham must carry out additional legal work, for example obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to details of planned major works.

In order to resolve any leasehold difficulties faster, It is recommended that the vendor contact a lawyer as early in the process as possible, and potentially before marketing the property,.

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Oldham remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our property lawyers can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with the HSBC or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Darlington Building Society, Quittance can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender