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Southend-on-Sea lies at the north of the Thames estuary in south-east Essex. It boasts the world's longest pier and seven beaches and was traditionally a holiday resort for East Enders wanting to escape the bustle of the city.

In recent years it has become attractive to young families seeking affordability outside London, with four-bed semis available for as little as £230,000. With help from EU regeneration funds, Southend has adapted itself as a London commuter town, with journeys to Liverpool Street station taking less than an hour.

Southend On Sea conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Southend-on-Sea Council?

Southend On Sea is situated in Southend-on-Sea Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Southend-on-Sea Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1046.25
B £1220.62
C £1395.00
D £1569.37
E £1918.12
F £2266.87
G £2615.62
H £3138.74

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Are Southend On Sea conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your quote will explain in detail what the fees and disbursements will be when your move completes.

If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, 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 Southend On Sea?

Conveyancing searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Southend On Sea conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The conveyancing for a leasehold property typically takes longer than a freehold property as there is more to prepare and the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Varied factors, such as out-of-date contact information for the freeholder or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Southend On Sea?

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

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Southend On Sea will usually undertake additional work. This can involve obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to details of planned major works.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a conveyancer as early in the process as possible, and potentially before marketing the property,.

I am remortgaging a property in Southend On Sea - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Southend On Sea remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancing team are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are moving to an offset mortgage with the NatWest or to a joint mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, we can help.

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