Local information

The county of Surrey is one of the Home Counties, close to London. A wealthy county with some of the highest property values outside the capital, its major towns include Guildford (the county town) Camberley, Epsom, Staines and Redhill. Much of the county is rural with pretty villages and more woodland areas than anywhere else in the UK.

Surrey Hills, which includes Box Hill, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covers a quarter of the county. Haslemere, Windlesham and Chobham and Shamley Green are popular with commuters with journey times to central London taking less than an hour.

Surrey conveyancing FAQs

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

Surrey is situated in Woking Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Woking Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1254.21
B £1463.25
C £1672.28
D £1881.32
E £2299.39
F £2717.46
G £3135.53
H £3762.64

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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 Surrey?

Conveyancing fees include the conveyancer's legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the taxes and additional costs incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, for example HMLR fees or management company information. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Surrey are fixed, which means that for a standard transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Surrey home move

Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Surrey sale or purchase.

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I'm purchasing a home in Surrey which property searches will I require?

The standard pack includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance

Sometimes the location of the property will warrant specialist searches such as a mining search.

To work out the price of searches on a Surrey 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 Surrey - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The numerous common problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and onerous covenants.

A specialist 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 a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Correct, it can take much more time to carry out the conveyancing on leasehold properties,compared to the sale of a freehold property.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. Delays are usually the result of the time required by to gather this paperwork.

It can take a long time to gather this information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so your solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity.

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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 Surrey property?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

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

Our conveyancing solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with Lloyds Bank or to a flexible mortgage with the Barnsley Building Society, we can help.

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