Although best known for its university, Oxford has a thriving local economy that includes IT, science and car manufacturing, as well as publishing and printing. Popular suburbs include Jericho, Cowley and Summertown, where property prices are buoyant since the new Oxford Parkway station became the first new rail link to London in over a hundred years.
Away from the beautiful college buildings and dreaming spires, the city has Britain's oldest botanic garden, a haven of stone-walled peace, tucked away behind the high street. Oxford's environmental and planning policy has designated an area of green belt around the city to minimise convergence with Oxfordshire's villages.
Oxford conveyancing FAQs
How much Council Tax must I pay for a property in Oxford City Council in 2021?
Oxford is situated in Oxford City Council. Council tax bands are:
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Are Oxford conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Oxford carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.
Other solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your conveyancing quote will explain in detail what the legal fees will be when your sale or purchase completes.
If, for whatever reason, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of a No Move, No Fee guarantee.
I'm buying a house in Oxford - which searches will I need?
The standard pack includes:
- Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
- Residential Environmental Search
- Regulated Drainage and Water Search
- Chancel search liability
Sometimes the location of the property will warrant further searches , for example an HS2 search.
To see the total cost of searches on a Oxford move, use our conveyancing calculator.
I am buying a leasehold property in Oxford - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold property in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential complications lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like and onerous covenants.
A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?
Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for leasehold houses or flats can be seriously delayed.
The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, such as three years' filed accounts for the property management. Delays are usually the result of the time needed by the solicitor to gather this paperwork.
It can take a long time to gather these details if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord, so your lawyer should commence this as soon as possible.
I am remortgaging a property in Oxford - do I need a solicitor?
The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.1% (Apr 2021). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Oxford can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.
I want to transfer equity in my Oxford home - will I need a solicitor?
Changing the legal ownership structure of a property is known as a 'transfer of equity'. An owner (or owners) of a property may wish to transfer equity in a property for a number of reasons, including:
- Gifting a property to a child or relative, perhaps for tax planning reasons.
- Transferring a property into joint names after a marriage or civil partnership.
- Transferring a jointly owned property into a sole name following a divorce or separation.
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- Why do I need to check my conveyancer's lender panel status before instructing?
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