South Shields conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council?

South Shields is situated in South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1131.90
B £1320.55
C £1509.20
D £1697.85
E £2075.15
F £2452.45
G £2829.75
H £3395.70

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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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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in South Shields?

Conveyancing fees are made up of the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs paid out on your behalf, for example Stamp Duty or property searches. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in South Shields are fixed, which means that for a standard transaction, what we quote is what you pay

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in South Shields - which searches will I need?

The standard pack includes:

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

On occasion the initial search results will recommend further searches such as a specialist environmental search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a South Shields purchase use our calculator.

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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

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The conveyancing for leasehold property can take weeks more to complete than freehold property because there is more work involved and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from out-of-date contact information for the freeholder to slow receipt of the managing agent information.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes. The legal work for selling leasehold properties can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review these documents, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and an up-to-date statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by your solicitor to get these documents together.

It can take a long time to gather the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent, so your lawyer should start this process at the earliest opportunity.

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

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

The conveyancing process for purchasing a new build in South Shields can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A solicitor in South Shields will need to be qualified to handle things like ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met, checking planning conditions have been fulfilled and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Protek.

Our specialist team of new build solicitors are well versed in helping buyers get 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 South Shields property?

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good South Shields remortgage solicitor 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 an interest-only mortgage with the Co-operative Bank or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Buckinghamshire Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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