Portishead conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in North Somerset Council?

Portishead is situated in North Somerset Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band North Somerset Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1111.10
B £1296.28
C £1481.47
D £1666.65
E £2037.02
F £2407.38
G £2777.75
H £3333.30

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

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

Conveyancing fees can be broken down into the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example HMLR fees or planning documents. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Portishead are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no hidden extras

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Portishead property sale or purchase

Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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I'm buying a house in Portishead - what searches do 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 results of the standard searches will necessitate specialist searches such as a mining search.

To find out the price of searches on a Portishead purchase, try our conveyancing cost calculator.

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

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Almost all flats are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The legal work for a leasehold home can take weeks longer than freehold property as there is more to prepare and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete service charge accounts to uncontactable landlords.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and three years' filed accounts for the property management. Delays are usually the result of the time required by your solicitor to source this information.

Your conveyancing solicitor should start this process even before a sale has been agreed, as this information can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord 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 Portishead - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Portishead remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a flexible mortgage with RBS or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, Quittance can help.

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