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Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire and a major port, particularly for cruise ships. The docks have long been a major employer in the city and it remains the largest freight port on the Channel coast, with several container terminals. Southampton is home to the headquarters of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Ordnance Survey.

New industry has been attracted to the city, including aircraft manufacture, cables, electrical engineering products, and petrochemicals. With the New Forest National Park just a short journey to the west, the area is popular with families and the city has seen property values increasing by nearly 8%, one of the highest rises in the UK.

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Southampton conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Southampton City Council?

Southampton is situated in Southampton City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Southampton City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1156.09
B £1348.78
C £1541.46
D £1734.14
E £2119.50
F £2504.87
G £2890.23
H £3468.28

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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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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Southampton conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Southampton carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the fees and disbursements will be when your sale or purchase goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Southampton?

Conveyancing searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Southampton conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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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

Almost all flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for leasehold property will usually take more time than freehold property because there is more to prepare and there is greater complexity.

Varied factors, such as uncontactable landlords or missing leasehold documents, can lead to serious delays.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for leasehold properties usually takes longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, like management company information and a current statement of service charges. The time it takes the solicitor to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

Your solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer, as this information can take a long time to gather if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact.

Read more:

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

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Southampton remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our conveyancing team can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a cashback mortgage with the NatWest or to a repayment mortgage with the Buckinghamshire Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender