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Swindon in Wiltshire lies halfway between Reading and Bristol on the Great Western Railway line and grew as an important locomotive repair works in the mid-nineteenth century. It saw further growth in the 1950s as an 'expanded town' under the Town Development Act 1952.

In 2017, Swindon experienced house price increases of almost 8%.

There are several major employers in Swindon, including manufacturing and the also boasts the HQ of the UK Space Agency and the National Trust.

Swindon conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Swindon Borough Council?

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

Band Swindon Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1114.94
B £1300.76
C £1486.59
D £1672.41
E £2044.06
F £2415.70
G £2787.35
H £3344.82

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Swindon conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Swindon carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's property lawyers work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will set out exactly what you will pay when your property sale or purchase completes.

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

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a home in Swindon which property searches will I require?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

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

Occasionally the initial search results will recommend additional searches e.g. a specialist environmental search.

To find out how much searches will cost on a Swindon property try 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 Swindon?

Almost all flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for leasehold property typically takes longer than a freehold home because there is more to prepare and there is greater complexity.

Varied factors, such as an absent freeholder or slow receipt of the managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Our expert leasehold conveyancing team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Swindon?

The legal work for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more difficult compared to a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Swindon must carry out additional tasks, for example getting the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to details of historical insurance claims.

To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold house or flat, It is strongly advised that the seller instruct a solicitor as early as possible.

I am buying a new build property in Swindon - what do I need to know?

The legal work for buying a new build property in Swindon .

A solicitor in Swindon must be able to deal with things like dealing with delays associated with off-plan, confirming right of way over drains and sewers and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Castle.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers are well versed in working with buyers towards the best possible outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

Read more:

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 Swindon - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Swindon remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Quittance's solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, Quittance can help.

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