Runcorn conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Halton Borough Council?

Runcorn is situated in Halton Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Halton Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1088.67
B £1270.11
C £1451.56
D £1633.00
E £1995.89
F £2358.78
G £2721.67
H £3266.00

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Runcorn conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Runcorn offer their services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our expert solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your detailed quote will explain in detail what you will pay when your property transaction completes.

If, for any reason at all, your property transaction does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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

Searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Runcorn conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. 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 the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Purchasing leasehold property can take weeks longer than freehold property because leasehold transactions involve more work and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Varied factors, such as absent freeholders or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Yes, that's correct, it can take considerably longer to conduct the conveyancing to sell leasehold properties, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, like management company information and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time needed by your solicitor to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor ought to start this process at the earliest opportunity, as this paperwork can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the managing agent.

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

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

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

A conveyancing solicitor in Runcorn must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, ensuring new estate roads are adopted and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Build Assure.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are experts in representing buyers to achieve the best outcome 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 Runcorn property?

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 Runcorn should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are switching to an offset mortgage with RBS or to a flexible mortgage with the Skipton Building Society, Quittance can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender