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St Helens in Merseyside forms part of the wider Liverpool/Birkenhead Metropolitan Area, but was historically part of a district known as West Derby, in Lancashire. It developed mainly as a centre for coal mining and glass making, but other industries included sail making, copper smelting and brewing. Glass making continues in the town. A proposal to use public and private money to invest in a redevelopment of the town was revealed by the local council who envisage a new civic and heritage quarter, an education quarter and a business quarter.

Improved rail links were also highlighted as part of the regeneration plans, connecting St Helens directly to Glasgow, Newcastle and Lancaster, as well as faster direct routes into Liverpool.

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St Helens conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in St Helens Borough Council?

St Helens is situated in St Helens Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band St Helens Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1109.94
B £1294.93
C £1479.92
D £1664.91
E £2034.89
F £2404.87
G £2774.85
H £3329.82

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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 St Helens?

Conveyancing fees are made up of fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, e.g. HMLR registration fees or Office Copies. Legal fees are for the solicitor's legal work.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in St Helens are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is exactly what you pay

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your St Helens sale or purchase

Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your St Helens sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a home in St Helens which property searches will I require?

The standard pack includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Water search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

Occasionally the solicitor will advise specialist searches such as a radon gas search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a St Helens property, use our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in St Helens - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK can be complicated. The many potential complications awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and short leases.

An experienced leasehold conveyancer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

I am selling a leasehold property in St Helens - what do I need to know?

The legal work for a leasehold flat is significantly more time-consuming than for a more straightforward freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves additional tasks on the part of conveyancing solicitors in St Helens. This can involve obtaining all relevant freeholder information, through to insurance premium details accounts.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related delays sooner, It is strongly advised that you instruct a lawyer as soon as possible.

I am buying a new build property in St Helens - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for buying a new build in St Helens is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancer in St Helens must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, ensuring compliance with planning regulations and registering ownership with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and Foundation.

Our highly experienced team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in helping buyers get a stress free move 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 St Helens property?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good St Helens remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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