Award-winning No Move, No Fee conveyancing for Salford home movers
By Gaynor Haliday , Oct 12, 2018
Every year Quittance Conveyancing's expert property lawyers deliver an expert No Sale, No Fee service to property sellers and purchasers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Salford and across Greater Manchester.
Quittance offer guaranteed fixed conveyancing fees, and because we focus on better communication between all parties, you will always be informed about how your move is progressing.
Our no sale no fee service means should your move not proceed, even if you decide to pull out, you won't incur any conveyancing solicitors' legal fees at all.
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Salford's most communicative conveyancing service
Unresponsive law firm communication can be one of the most exasperating parts of moving home.
The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) client charter is geared towards conveyancing solicitors communicating more proactively.
Despite attempts by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to address the issue, a Conveyancing Association-commissioned survey, determined 23% of property transactions abort as the result of inadequate communication.
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Quittance Conveyancing's team of Salford conveyancing solicitors offer an award-winning property legal service. We provide buyers and sellers with an informative and proactive legal service by email, phone and via our case management app, 7 days a week:
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Updated: October 12, 2018
Salford conveyancing solicitor fees and costs
No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Salford
Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid conveyancing solicitors in Salford for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.
Are Salford conveyancing fees and costs fixed?
We work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Salford who will work on a price per hour basis. Your conveyancing quote will set out exactly what you will be charged when your property transaction has completed.
Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?
In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.
Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes the conveyancing solicitor will have to pay to other organisations as part of the house-buying and selling process, such as identity verification checks or Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).
How much will the total Salford solicitor conveyancing fees be?
Conveyancing fees in Salford will not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. As examples, council search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a flood plain search, may be necessary.
With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises. For standard conveyancing transactions, what we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here
Conveyancing - Buying a property in Salford
The City of Salford in Greater Manchester includes the towns of Eccles, Worsley, Swinton, Walkden and Irlam. Its docks, opened in 1894 were a thriving industrial hub for almost 90 years, but after they were abandoned in 1982, Salford Council purchased the site and a period of significant regeneration took place. In 2012 Salford became the home to Coronation Street at Media City UK.
Over the past decade, other parts of Salford have also been transformed by huge financial investment, and the area has risen in popularity. With good transport links to town and countryside, Salford is an affordable alternative to nearby Manchester, though property prices are predicted to rise faster than the national average.
Conveyancing for purchasers
As a key part of the legal work for the purchase of a house or flat, a Salford conveyancing solicitor will carry out due diligence on the property's title and report back to the buyer and the lender.
Following their enquiries the solicitor will offer professional advice and will offer pragmatic solutions and ensure that the full legal ownership is transferred.
This article offers assistance for people who want conveyancing solicitors in Salford for a purchase.
Your Salford conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved
Regardless of whether your mortgage is with a major lender like the Royal Bank of Scotland or a less common lender such as Pepper Homeloans, before appointing a conveyancing solicitor in Salford it is vital that you check that they are on the approved solicitor panel of your lender.
The majority of lenders are only prepared to work with a restricted panel of legal practices. If a solicitor can't act for your lender, the lender will need an alternative firm to complete the legal work.
The purchaser will then have to cover this alternate lawyer's costs, and the conveyancing process can take much longer.
Quittance Conveyancing can perform the conveyancing for all lenders.
- Lloyds Bank
- Barclays Bank
- HSBC Bank
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander Bank
- Nationwide Building Society
- Halifax Bank
- All UK lenders
Salford City Council searches
Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are enquiries made of various authorities by Salford conveyancing solicitors to identify information and potential issues affecting the property being purchased.
These searches include the local authority (LA) search, drainage & water search, environmental search and chancel repair liability.
You will be informed if your chosen lender requires any further searches, such as a radon gas search or a Forestry Commission search.
Salford City Council has a typical processing time of 4 weeks for Residential property searches, so your conveyancer will instead use a quicker local search agent.
Finding planning permissions
Office copies will also be ordered from HMLR by the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor. This will help to expose any potential issues, such as the breach of a restrictive covenant or outbuildings missing from the title plan.
Salford City Council Council Tax
The council tax paid by a homeowner is based on a variety of factors including the size of the home and the value of the property. The occupier of a property in Band C, for example, would owe annual council tax of £1,564.
Conveyancing solicitors in Salford will inform the buyer of the home's council tax band as soon as they are made aware.
If the property is unoccupied for 2 years or more, an additional premium of 50% may be applied to the council tax. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75% which would equal £1,173.
Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes or if the property is a 'granny annexe'.
|Band||Salford City Council Tax (2018)|
Could you be overpaying?To appeal contact:
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The Valuation Office Agency should reassess a property's band on request. Councils prefer that this be done within six months of buying a property.
Stamp Duty on Salford properties
With Quittance Conveyancing you have the peace of mind that the SDLT1 return is completed correctly and quickly when your purchase completes.
See examples for average Salford properties:
|Average sale price (2018 to date)||Stamp Duty Land Tax|
|Average price (detached)||£341,365||£7,068.25|
|Average new build||£233,454||£2,169.08|
Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Salford
First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300,000.
Salford conveyancing solicitors will ensure an accurate calculation is made.
Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Salford
It can be risky to purchase a leasehold property without knowing what you are getting into. The numerous common problems lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include:
- leases with fewer than 80 years to run
- exponential ground rents
- unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder
A specialist conveyancing solicitor in Salford will consider potential leasehold issues, for example :
- sometimes ancient and arcane lease documents
- dealing with freeholders
- service charges
- flats in the same block with disparity between their leases
- compliance with means of escape (where relevant)
Make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with our team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors.
Buying a 'New Build' property in Salford?
Based on data collated by the Land Registry, 66 new build houses and flats have been bought in Salford in 2018 so far. The average price for Salford new build property is £233,454.
A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Salford will need to be aware of regional issues and new build's additional complexities, such as dealing with delays associated with off-plan and ensuring new estate roads are adopted.
With Quittance Conveyancing, you will get an accurate and truly impartial assessment of the legal title of the house or apartment, scrutinising contract concerns like the home's subsequent resaleability and possible freehold acquisition traps.
Purchasing property in a conservation area will usually mean that the local character is unlikely to drastically change. However, conservation area constraints will affect your home.
Called Article 4 directions, these conditions may include:
- Restrictions on painting external walls
- Restrictions on the display of advertisements
- Restrictions on the erection of outbuildings
The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even where the alterations were made by the previous owner.
Salford conservation areas include Mines Rescue Station, Radcliffe Park Road and Worsley Village. Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Salford's conservation areas.
Conveyancing - Selling a property in Salford
Conveyancing for a sale of a house or flat usually requires less work than when purchasing. With a purchase, the principle of 'buyer beware' means that the onus lies with the purchaser to establish that the legal title of the property does not have any legal issues.
In contrast, for a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Salford acting for the seller need only respond to enquiries made on behalf of the buyer.
What factors could threaten your sale?
Common issues, like previous or historic subsidence, might threaten the sale conveyancing process if not dealt with promptly.
Property specialists usually advise that sellers handle these issues as soon as they come to light.
- Japanese Knotweed? What to do before selling your home
- The Essential Conveyancing Guide for Sellers in 2018
- Japanese Knotweed? What to do before selling your home
For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.
Leasehold conveyancing for a sale
The legal work for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are rare) is a great deal more protracted than for a freehold property.
Leasehold complexity involves additional work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Salford, such as sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement or a copy of any notices served on the leaseholder.
So as to resolve any leasehold-related delays sooner, it is strongly advised that the seller instruct a conveyancer as soon as possible.
What if you are acting for the other side?
Solicitors Regulation Authority rules restrict the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale and purchase. However, CLC-regulated conveyancers, can act for both sides.
You may want to instruct a property solicitor firm in Salford to carry out your legal work, if one of our conveyancing solicitors is carrying out the legal work for the other side.0
Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Salford
Reducing monthly repayments by finding a better rate of interest is generally why homeowners remortgage. There are other reasons, including releasing equity, or getting onto a longer fixed-rate term.
Homeowners would typically benefit from a better rate sooner with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Salford. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and rate rises hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a critical factor in getting the mortgage rate you want.
A property lawyer will need to act for both you and your new bank or building society to confirm the lender's interests are protected and the lender's new interest is correctly registered.
About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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