Local information

The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton is in Merseyside and was formed by the amalgamation of the county boroughs of Bootle and Southport, the municipal borough of Crosby, the urban districts of Formby and Litherland, and part of West Lancashire Rural District.

Its western area is bounded by the 22 miles of beautiful coastline between Bootle and Southport and it extends southwards to Liverpool and eastwards towards Knowsley and Aintree.

Sefton conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council?

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

Band Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1194.41
B £1393.47
C £1592.54
D £1791.61
E £2189.75
F £2587.88
G £2986.02
H £3583.22

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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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 Sefton conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Sefton offer services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house sale or purchase completes.

If, for any reason at all, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Sefton which property searches will I require?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Water search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Chancel search liability

Occasionally the results of the standard searches will necessitate additional searches such as a British waterways search.

To see the price of searches on a Sefton house or flat try our conveyancing cost 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 Sefton - what do I need to know?

can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like and excessive freehold premiums.

A good property lawyer 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 Sefton?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is significantly more specialised than for a freehold property.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Sefton must carry out additional legal work. This can involve getting all relevant freeholder information, through to details of any disputes with the current leaseholder.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related problems sooner, It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a Sefton conveyancing solicitor as soon as an estate agent is chosen.

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

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

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Sefton might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with RBS or to a repayment mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender