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The city of Sunderland is situated at the mouth of the River Wear in north-east England. It grew as a port and was an important ship-building centre. Now much of its industry is in science & technology and car manufacturing.

The city is surrounded by the Tyne & Wear green belt, which serves to restrict any urban sprawl. To the east is the coast, with 2 award-winning beaches and to the north, Northumberland. Around £1 billion of public and private investment has been earmarked for various projects, which will further improve this already lively and cosmopolitan city.

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Sunderland conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Sunderland City Council?

Sunderland is situated in Sunderland City Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Sunderland City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1033.65
B £1205.92
C £1378.20
D £1550.47
E £1895.02
F £2239.57
G £2584.12
H £3100.94

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Sunderland conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Sunderland offer their services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will set out what you will pay when your house purchase or sale completes.

If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, 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 Sunderland?

Searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Sunderland conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. 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?

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

can be complicated. The numerous common problems lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like incomplete management company accounts and excessive freehold premiums.

Your 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 a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold house or flat typically takes longer.

The buyer's conveyancer must review this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include details of any breaches by other leaseholders and management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by to get these documents together.

It can take weeks to collect these details if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact, so the seller's solicitor ought to start this process as soon as possible.

Read more:

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

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Sunderland might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to an interest-only mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender