Local information

The borough of Stockport lies within the Greater Manchester area, 7 miles southeast of Manchester's city centre.

It has lively commercial and leisure districts in the town centre, with 2 large shopping centres and a wide-ranging cinema and sports complex. Manchester is an easy and convenient commute providing further opportunities for retail therapy and leisure. Stockport's suburbs of Bramhall, Woodford or Hazel Grove rank among the wealthiest areas of the UK and 45% of the borough is green space.

Stockport conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council?

Stockport is situated in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1226.64
B £1431.08
C £1635.52
D £1839.96
E £2248.84
F £2657.72
G £3066.60
H £3679.92

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

Conveyancing fees can be broken down into legal fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as Stamp Duty and planning documents. Legal fees are for the solicitor's legal work.

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

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Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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

Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Stockport 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. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying a leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold property as more technical complexity exists.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from absent freeholders to slow receipt of the managing agent information.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Yes, that's correct, it can take considerably longer to carry out the legal work to sell a leasehold property, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor must review this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include a current statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time needed by the solicitor to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.

It can take weeks to collect this information if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property, so the solicitor should start this process before a buyer has even been found.

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

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Stockport property?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Stockport can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our property solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with Birmingham Midshires or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, our remortgage specialists can help.

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