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Recently named in the top fifty places for people in their 20s to live, Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham is seeing existing businesses thrive and young entrepreneurs creating exciting start-up businesses.

Situated on the north bank of the River Tees its proximity to beautiful coast and countryside, an abundance of affordable housing and a year round cultural events programme make Stockton an attractive place to buy a home. Information from the Office of National Statistics suggests that a sense of well-being, good transport links and family life all add up to make this a popular town for young people to settle.

Stockton On Tees conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council?

Stockton On Tees is situated in Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1240.43
B £1447.17
C £1653.91
D £1860.65
E £2274.13
F £2687.61
G £3101.08
H £3721.30

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Stockton On Tees conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Stockton On Tees offer services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your conveyancing quote will explain in detail what the fees and disbursements will be when your property sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your property sale or purchase 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?

I'm buying a home in Stockton On Tees - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Water search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel search

On occasion the initial search results will recommend further searches e.g. a British waterways search.

To see the cost of searches on a Stockton On Tees purchase, try our 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 Stockton On Tees - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be complicated. The many potential problems awaiting the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like sinking fund issues and freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders.

A leasehold solicitor 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?

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold house or flat can result in long delays.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, including a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. Typically, delays are due to the time it takes the solicitor to gather this paperwork.

The seller's solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer, as this paperwork can take a long time to gather if the landlord or managing agent is slow or difficult to contact.

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

I am remortgaging a property in Stockton On Tees - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Stockton On Tees should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a fixed-rate mortgage with Santander or to a two-year discount with the Darlington Building Society, Quittance can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender