Updated: October 12, 2018

Slough conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Slough

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay conveyancing solicitors in Slough for the legal work for a home sale or purchase.

Do Slough conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Our solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis with no hidden costs, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Slough who work on a price per hour basis. Your quote will set out what fees you will need to pay when your property transaction has completed.

Are there any other costs?

You will have to pay any 'disbursements', in addition to the legal fees.

Disbursements are the costs and expenses a solicitor needs to pay out on behalf of a client. These include costs like leasehold information packs or Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Slough cost?

Conveyancing solicitor fees in Slough should not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, specific extra searches, e.g. a flood plain search, may be necessary and Local Authority Search fees can vary.

With Quittance, there are absolutely no hidden costs. For a standard home sale or purchase, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Slough

Situated 20 miles west of central London and only a 20-minute train journey to Paddington, Slough has the highest concentration of global corporate HQs outside the capital.

Its employment opportunities have been attracting people from across the country and around the world since the 1920s, shaping into a vibrant trading centre. At only 1.4%, unemployment levels are a third of the national average.

With 42 parks and open spaces and the Slough branch of the Grand Union Canal offering cycling and walking opportunities along its towpath, Slough is an ideal location to bring up young families.

Conveyancing for buyers

"Caveat emptor", or "buyer beware", was a key part of property law in England and Wales. Following recent changes in the law, this principle no longer applies. However, it remains the responsibility of a homebuyer and their solicitor to investigate their intended purchase.

The Slough conveyancing solicitor will offer professional advice once their enquiries are complete, offer practical solutions and register the title in the new owner's name.

This part of the article considers the kinds of property which could be of concern to homebuyers looking for conveyancing solicitors in Slough.

Your Slough conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before choosing a Slough conveyancing solicitor, it is essential that you check that they are on the approved panel of your chosen lender, whether you are taking out a mortgage from the HSBC, the Monmouthshire Building Society or any other lender.

Your solicitor may not be able to carry out the legal work on behalf of your chosen lender, because some mortgage lenders only accept a restricted panel of law firms.

If this is the case, the lender will likely require an alternative law firm to complete the legal work, and you will be expected to pay this substitute lawyer's fees. This can frustrate or delay the process.

Long delays can result from failing to check your conveyancing solicitor's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing are on the panel of all mortgage providers.

Slough Borough Council searches and other searches

Searches are enquiries made of government bodies by Slough conveyancing solicitors to highlight issues affecting your new home. They include:

  • Local Authority (LA) search - includes a list of planning decisions that could affect the property
  • Environmental search - shows whether the surrounding environment is suitable for the purchaser
  • Drainage & Water search - describes water mains and sewers, and confirms if these are privately maintained
  • Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Slough properties for local parish repairs.

More specific searches, such as a tin mining search or an agricultural search, may also be referred to following the initial searches.

Slough Borough Council has a typical delivery time of 10 weeks for searches, so personal (as opposed to official) searches will be faster.

Planning searches

Office copies will also be applied for from HMLR by the homebuyer's conveyancing solicitor. This will help to reveal any potential issues, for example outbuildings missing from the title plan or right of access issues.

Slough Borough Council Council Tax

Council tax is calculated by Slough Borough Council on property value and the number of people living in the property. For example, for an average Band C house in Slough, the council tax due would be £1,407 per year.

Slough conveyancing solicitors will inform the purchaser of the property's 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 £1,056.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or where the property (land) is a boat mooring or caravan pitch.

Band Slough Borough Council Tax (2018)
A £1,056
B £1,231
C £1,407
D £1,583
E £1,935
F £2,287
G £2,639
H £3,167

Can I dispute my council tax rate?

From April 2016 to March 2017, 10 council tax challenges were made, and 0 were approved and the tax was reduced. To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor Aspect Gate 166 College Rd
Harrow
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Stamp Duty on Slough properties

Filling in the SDLT1 form in order to pay SDLT is a daunting prospect for a layperson.

A property buyer will usually need to pay SDLT if the home they are purchasing is valued at over £125k.

Quittance Conveyancing's integrated conveyancing case management system integrates with online SDLT filing systems to ensure that the SDLT is paid in full efficiently.

The following table illustrates SDLT examples for properties in Slough:

  Average selling price (2017) SDLT
Average price £330,803 £6,540.15
Average price (detached) £539,494 £16,974.70
Average new build £375,796 £8,789.80
Since 1st April 2016, buyers of second homes are subject to a stamp duty surcharge of 3%, even if the home is not let out. Therefore, if a homeowner in Slough bought a second home for the average price of £330,803 the SDLT would be £26,464.24.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Slough

As from 11/17, first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000.

Conveyancing solicitors in Slough should confirm an accurate calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Slough

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat can be challenging when compared to buying a freehold home. Spiralling ground rents, onerous covenants and unfair developer practices are but a few of the frequent complications awaiting the unsuspecting buyer.

Serious consequences can result from an inexperienced property lawyer's erroneous leasehold advice.

If you are planning to purchase a property with a lease, a experienced conveyancing solicitor in Slough will address aspects of leasehold, e.g. :

  • reviewing the lease itself (some documents can be centuries old)
  • managing agent or landlord enquiries
  • ground rents and service charges
  • missing building regs and planning

Quittance Conveyancing's leasehold conveyancing solicitors will work to ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Slough?

New build site

5 brand new homes have been bought in Slough in 2018 so far, according to data gathered by the HM Land Registry. The average sale price of Slough new build property is £566,200.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Slough will need to be aware of local considerations and the added complexities of new build, e.g. investigating issues with drains and roads that serve the property and advising on mortgage offer flexibility for delayed completion.

Our expert new build team provide an expert assessment of the legal status of the property, paying close attention to considerations like onerous leasehold conditions and potential freehold acquisition traps.

Conservation areas

When acting for the purchaser of a property in Slough, a conveyancing solicitor will need to confirm if the house is in a conservation area in Slough. If it is, the property will be affected by specific building controls. Called Article 4 directions, these building controls may include anything from restrictions on the display of advertisements, to a prohibition on roof terraces.

The local council can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed.

Conservation areas in Slough include Sussex Place and Clifton Road, Colnbrook and Upton Park. Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Slough's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Slough

The legal side of a property sale is much easier than for a purchase. The buyer will carry out a thorough legal appraisal on the property. In contrast, conveyancing solicitors in Slough acting for the vendor effectively just answers the buyer's questions.

How to minimise the risk of your sale falling through

A home will often come with any number of issues (e.g. a problem with the roof) which could threaten the completion of a sale.

Property experts will generally recommend to sellers that they face these issues head on and fix them.

Recommended reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Selling a leasehold property

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat is significantly more specialised than for a more straightforward freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Slough, including collating the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to a copy of any notices served on the leaseholder.

It is highly recommended that the vendor contacts a lawyer with leasehold experience as soon as possible to ensure the legal technicalities are handled correctly.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both the buyer and the seller in one transaction?

Solicitors Regulation Authority rules prevent the same conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale and purchase. However, conveyancers who are regulated by the CLC, can act for both parties.

You may wish to contact a law firm in Slough to undertake your legal work, if one of our conveyancing solicitors is doing the legal work for the other side.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Slough

People remortgage their home for a variety of reasons, such as wanting a more flexible mortgage, or releasing funds to help pay for home improvements. The main reason, however, is to secure a preferential rate.

Homeowners can appreciate the benefits of a lower rate faster by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Slough, accelerating the time taken to complete the process. With the base rate set at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can play a key role in securing your preferred rate.

The property lawyer carrying out your remortgage needs to be able to act for your chosen mortgage lender. Quittance Conveyancing are on all major UK lenders' panels, so no matter whether you are moving to a flexible mortgage with the NatWest or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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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