Award-winning No Move, No Fee conveyancing for Shoreham By Sea home movers
By Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
Updated: October 12, 2018
We believe that proactive communication is the key to a stress free move and our 100% fixed conveyancing fees service means no hidden extras.
Whether you are buying, selling or remortgaging a property and need conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea, our specialist no sale - no fee property lawyers are here to help.
If, for any reason at all, your sale or purchase does not proceed our no move no fee service means you won't incur any conveyancing solicitors' legal fees at all.
Shoreham By Sea's most communicative conveyancing service
According to a survey by the Law Society, nearly half of the respondents said poor communication was responsible for delays in their home move.
Conveyancing solicitor communication is so important for a smooth move that the CLC (the official conveyancing industry regulator) client charter makes specific mention of resolving the issue.
Even so, according to a Conveyancing Association-commissioned survey, around 1/4 of transactions fall through due to inefficient communication.
Our team of Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitors offer an unmatched conveyancing service. We deliver the information you require by phone, email and via online case management, every day of the week:
- Lowest Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitors fees
- We are open weekends - Saturday (9am-1pm)
- Open Mon to Thurs 9am-8pm & Fri 9am-6pm
- Frequent case updates via SMS, phone and email
- Award-winning case tracking system
- Direct line and contact details of your conveyancing lawyer
Updated: October 12, 2018
Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitor fees and costs
No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Shoreham By Sea
Conveyancing solicitor fees are paid to conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea for the legal work associated with moving home.
Do Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea carry out the legal work on an hourly-rate basis, while other property lawyers will work for a fixed fee (known as 'No Move, No Fee'). Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee basis, with no nasty surprises in the small print. Your quote will explain what you will be charged when your property transaction has completed.
Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?
In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also have to pay for 'disbursements'.
Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf. These include costs like identity verification checks or Land Registry fees.
How much will conveyancing in Shoreham By Sea cost in total?
Though conveyancing fees in Shoreham By Sea will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, the disbursements required can vary. For example, Local Authority Search fees can vary and specific extra searches, such as transport searches, may be necessary.
With Quittance, there are absolutely no hidden costs. For a standard conveyancing transaction, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here
Conveyancing - Buying a property in Shoreham By Sea
Recent changes to the law mean that a seller is obliged to reveal any property defects or disputes to the buyer and the estate agent.
That said, it remains the responsibility of a conveyancing solicitor in Shoreham By Sea to make enquiries about the property, report back to the buyer and the lender, deal with any legal problems and register the new owner's title at the Land Registry.
The following section examines the kinds of property which may involve additional risk for buyers who want conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea.
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Your Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved
Whether your mortgage is with a major lender like the Scottish Building Society or a niche mortgage lender such as the Coventry Building Society, before choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Shoreham By Sea it is vital that you check that they are on the panel of your mortgage lender.
Your lawyer may be unable to act for your mortgage lender, because some banks and building societies will only work with a restricted panel of firms that meet stringent standards.
If this is the case, the lender will probably require a different firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this alternate lawyer's costs. Resulting delays can jeopardise the whole purchase.
Our conveyancing solicitors are approved members of all lender panels.
- Lloyds Bank
- Barclays Bank
- HSBC Bank
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander Bank
- Nationwide Building Society
- Halifax Bank
- All UK lenders
Adur District Council searches and other searches
Searches are applied for by Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitors to help identify any wider issues that might possibly impact the value of your house or flat. They include:
- Local Authority (LA) search - exposes issues like road schemes that could affect the property
- Environmental search - reveals contaminated land, landfill sites and flooding or subsidence within 500m of the property.
- Drainage & Water search - includes the position of water mains and sewers, and whether the local authority is responsible for their maintenance.
- Chancel repair liability - there is a risk that some Shoreham By Sea properties owe a liability to the local parish to pay for church repairs. Insurance can be taken out to protect against this liability.
Buyers will be informed if your chosen lender insists on any more searches, for example an HS2 search or a disadvantaged area search.
Adur District Council has a usual processing time of 15 weeks for Local Authority searches. A local search provider will be able to provide this information faster.
Official Entries (or 'office copies') will also be obtained from HMLR by the homebuyer's conveyancing solicitor, helping to identify any issues, such as restrictive covenants governing the use of the property or discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan.
Adur District Council Council Tax
As a homeowner in Shoreham By Sea, the applicable rate of council tax will vary depending on the value of the home (as assessed in 1991) and the number of people living in it. The occupier of a property in Band D, for example, would owe annual council tax of £1,794.
Shoreham By Sea conveyancing solicitors will inform a purchaser of the property's 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 (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,345.
Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes or if the resident is living in long term residential care. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) assess bands for new build homes, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.
|Band||Adur District Council Tax (2018)|
Does anyone ever challenge their valuation?
A property owner can also apply for their property to be reassessed. A refund may be due if the property is awarded a lower band. To appeal contact:
Valuation Office Agency
Stamp Duty on Shoreham By Sea properties
If a home is valued at over £125,000, the purchaser usually must pay stamp duty. SDLT is paid to HM Revenue & Customs by completing an SDLT1 form. The form is lengthy and complex.
Quittance Conveyancing's specialist post-completion team will ensure that the complex SDLT1 form is completed and submitted to HMRC without delay.
See Stamp Duty Land Tax examples for properties in Shoreham By Sea:
|Average sale price (2017)||Stamp Duty|
|Average price (detached)||£533,799||£16,689.95|
|Average new build||£380,438||£9,021.90|
Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Shoreham By Sea
Relief is available on home purchases below £300k for first-time buyers with reduced rates up to £500,000.
Conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea should confirm the right amount is calculated.
Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Shoreham By Sea
Buying a leasehold house or flat if you don't know what you are getting into can be fraught with risk. The many potential traps lying in wait for an uninformed buyer could include:
- undisclosed major works
- restrictions on the use of the property
- marriage value issues
- ground rent multipliers
If you intend to purchase a leasehold property, a expert conveyancing solicitor in Shoreham By Sea will address aspects of leasehold, e.g. :
- checking the lease itself
- dealing with freeholders
- service charges and whether they have been collected
- sinking funds
Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with Quittance Conveyancing's team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors.
Buying a 'New Build' property in Shoreham By Sea?
According to data sourced by Her Majesty's Land Registry, the average purchase price of a new build home in Shoreham By Sea is £296,000. 2 new build properties have been bought in Shoreham By Sea in 2018 so far.
A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Shoreham By Sea needs to be conscious of regional factors and the extra complexities of new build, e.g. confirming building regulation compliance and dealing with failures to arrange warranty provider inspections.
Quittance Conveyancing deliver a specialist assessment of the legal status of the property, paying close attention to factors ranging from the home's future mortgageability to likely freehold acquisition traps.
Conservation areas in West Sussex
Your conveyancing solicitor will need to check whether the home you are intending to buy is in a conservation area in Shoreham By Sea. If it is, the home could be affected by certain restrictions. These restrictions could include:
- Limits on the use of non-traditional building materials
- A ban on uPVC window frames
- Restrictions on outbuildings and extensions
If a property is in breach, the local planning authority could order you (as the new owner) to pay for returning the property to a compliant state, even if the previous owner was responsible for the changes.
Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Shoreham By Sea's conservation areas.
Conveyancing - Selling a property in Shoreham By Sea
The legal process for a property sale is less demanding than when buying. With a purchase, the onus is on the buyer to determine whether the home they are buying is not legally defective.
When selling, conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea acting for the seller just answer the buyer's solicitor's formal enquiries.
What steps can you take to give yourself the best chances of success?
Common obstacles, like being situated on a flood plain, have the potential to derail the conveyancing process if left unresolved.
Property experts usually advise that vendors handle any such problems as soon as they come to light.
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Selling a leasehold property
The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are not common) is significantly more time-consuming compared to a freehold house.
The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Shoreham By Sea must undertake additional tasks, such as obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to any documents pertaining to a variation of the terms of the lease.
It is recommended that the vendor contacts a leasehold-specialist lawyer as soon as the property is marketed, if not before, to ensure any legal complexity is correctly handled.
Can Quittance conveyancers act for both parties?
Solicitors Regulation Authority rules ban the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale. However, conveyancers who are regulated by the CLC, can act for both the buyer and the seller.
You can contact a property solicitor firm in Shoreham By Sea to handle your legal work, if we are acting for the other side.0
Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Shoreham By Sea
Although there are many reasons to remortgage, homeowners will usually remortgage a home simply to get a better rate.
An efficient conveyancing solicitor in Shoreham By Sea will complete the conveyancing quickly, helping you get onto the lower rate earlier. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in securing the rate you want.
A property lawyer will represent both you and the new lender to ensure the change of lender is recorded at the Land Registry and the lender's interests are safeguarded.
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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