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St Leonards On Sea conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Hastings Borough Council?

St Leonards On Sea is situated in Hastings Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Hastings Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1271.89
B £1483.87
C £1695.85
D £1907.83
E £2331.79
F £2755.75
G £3179.72
H £3815.66

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Are St Leonards On Sea conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in St Leonards On Sea carry out the conveyancing on an hourly basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your detailed quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your house sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in St Leonards On Sea - what searches do I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

On occasion the solicitor will advise additional searches such as a specialist environmental search.

To work out how much searches will cost on a St Leonards On Sea house or flat you can use our our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in St Leonards On Sea?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying a leasehold home can take weeks more to complete than a freehold property because there is more to prepare and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or incomplete managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for leasehold houses or flats can result in long delays.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include details of any breaches by other leaseholders and a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. The time required by your lawyer to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

It could take several weeks to collect these details if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord, so your conveyancing solicitor should get this underway 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 St Leonards On Sea - what do I need to know?

The legal work for acquiring a new build property in St Leonards On Sea is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A property lawyer in St Leonards On Sea must be able to deal with things like handling equity loan schemes, confirming rights to use pipes and cables (e.g. phone, data, fibre, electricity) and registering ownership with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and AHCI.

Our specialist team of new build solicitors are experts in working with buyers towards 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.

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


The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.1% (Jul 2020). A good St Leonards On Sea remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Solicitors on the panel for all major lenders - so no matter whether you are changing to an offset mortgage with the Nationwide Building Society or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Buckinghamshire Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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