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Birthplace of the Co-operative movement and one of the first industrialised towns, Rochdale forms part of the Greater Manchester area. The town's historic business success is highlighted in the stained glass windows of its magnificent Victorian town hall, which depict the coats of arms of all the towns that Rochdale traded with.

Property is currently some of the most affordable in the country, but with the town undergoing a multi-million pound investment programme, a new direct tram link to Manchester city centre and picturesque countryside on the doorstep, prices are expected to rise.

Popular residential areas include the villages of Bamford, Norden and Smithy Bridge.

Rochdale conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council?

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

Band Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1175.79
B £1371.75
C £1567.72
D £1763.68
E £2155.61
F £2547.54
G £2939.47
H £3527.36

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs paid out on your behalf, such as HMLR registration fees and ground rent service charges. Legal fees are for the work our solicitors carry out for you.

Our fees for buying or selling a house in Rochdale are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no sneaky additional fees

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Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Rochdale?

Searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Rochdale conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in Rochdale?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The conveyancing for a leasehold home can take weeks more to complete than a freehold house because leasehold transactions involve more work and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Varied factors, such as an unreachable freeholder or slow receipt of the managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much longer to complete the legal work on leasehold properties, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will want to see these documents, like management company information and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time it takes to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

It can take a long time to gather this information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent, so your conveyancing solicitor should commence this at the earliest opportunity.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am remortgaging a property in Rochdale - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Rochdale can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to an interest-only mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Bank of Ireland, our remortgage team can assist.

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