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Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and lies on the coast about 37 miles south west of Exeter, close to the boundary with Cornwall.

The city grew as a commercial shipping port and its economy remains strongly influenced by shipbuilding and seafaring, with 270 firms operating in the maritime sector. Other industry is service-based, including administration and health.

In 2017 the council announced plans to inject millions of pounds into numerous development projects, including a new railway station, new shops and offices and investment in superfast broadband. House prices are below the national average and are predicted to rise.

Plymouth conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Plymouth City Council?

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

Band Plymouth City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1161.78
B £1355.41
C £1549.04
D £1742.67
E £2129.93
F £2517.19
G £2904.45
H £3485.34

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Plymouth?

Conveyancing fees are comprised of legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, paid out on your behalf, for example Stamp Duty or landlord fees. Legal fees are for the work our solicitors carry out for you.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Plymouth are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Plymouth sale or purchase

Our conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Plymouth sale or purchase.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a home in Plymouth which property searches will I require?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

Occasionally the solicitor will advise specialist searches e.g. a transport search.

To check the cost of searches on a Plymouth house or flat use our conveyancing 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 Plymouth - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in England or Wales can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and unreasonable lease extension premiums.

Your 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?

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Plymouth?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is much more complex than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Plymouth will need to conduct additional work, such as obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to finding out if there are any payment arrears.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is strongly advised that the seller instruct a property lawyer as soon as is practicable.

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

The conveyancing process for buying a new build home in Plymouth is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A solicitor in Plymouth will need to be qualified to handle things like dealing with lender conditions, dealing with incomplete service connection agreements and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and HAPM.

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in working with buyers towards a successful transaction 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 Plymouth 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 Plymouth will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our property lawyers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, we can help.

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