Updated: October 12, 2018

Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Tyne And Wear

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay to your Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitor for the legal work associated with moving home.

Are Tyne And Wear conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Tyne And Wear offer services on a fees per hour basis, whereas others work on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no nasty surprises in the small print. Your conveyancing quote sets out exactly what you will need to pay when your sale or purchase completes.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

In addition to the solicitor's conveyancing fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf, such as local authority searches or indemnity insurance.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Tyne And Wear cost in total?

Though conveyancing fees in Tyne And Wear will be the same as anywhere else in the UK, there can be variation in the disbursements required. For example, additional region-specific searches, e.g. a historic mining search, may be needed and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

For a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises. To calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were considerably cheaper than the average solicitors' fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Tyne And Wear

The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear was created in 1974 and borders Northumberland and Durham. Its 2 main cities are Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland. Also within the county are the boroughs of Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.

All are linked via the light rail Metro system, which makes getting around the region quick and easy. Popular residential choices for families include the coastal areas around Whitley Bay and Tynemouth in North Tyneside and Roker and Seaburn in Sunderland.

Closer to town are and Fenham and Gosforth on Newcastle's outskirts, or Fulwell north of Sunderland.

Conveyancing for buyers

As a key part of the conveyancing for a property purchase, the conveyancing solicitor in Tyne And Wear will investigate the property's title and make their "report on title".

Following their enquiries the solicitor will offer professional advice and will make practical suggestions and register the title in the new owner's name.

The content below offers advice to assist homebuyers searching for conveyancing solicitors in Tyne And Wear.

Your Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you instruct a Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitor, it is critical that you make sure that they can represent your chosen lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from the Harpenden Building Society, Barclays Bank or any other lender.

Many lenders are only prepared to work with a select panel of solicitors or licensed conveyancers. If a solicitor is not on the panel of your chosen lender, the lender will need an alternative firm to carry out the legal work.

The buyer will then have to cover this second lawyer's fees and significant delays to your move could occur.

Failing to check the lender panel status of your conveyancer can result in significant delays.

Quittance Conveyancing can act on behalf of all lenders.

Searches (Newcastle upon Tyne City Council)

Searches are questions submitted to public bodies by Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitors to help uncover relevant information about the property being purchased.

Searches are carried out primarily to satisfy lender requirements. These will include the local authority (LA) search, environmental search, drainage & water search and chancel repair liability.

You will be told if your lender requires any additional searches, such as a highways search or an energy search.

The estimated delivery time for Local Authority searches ordered from Newcastle upon Tyne City Council is 9 weeks. In these circumstances, faster personal searches will be recommended.

Finding planning permissions

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will source an Official Copy of the Title Register from the Land Registry. This will help to highlight potential planning issues, for example a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan or limits on the development of the property.

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council Council Tax

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council calculate council tax on Tyne And Wear homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). For example, a home in the Newcastle upon Tyne City Council area in Band E would pay £2,166 per annum.

Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitors will inform the buyer of the home's council tax band as soon as they are notified.

If the property is unoccupied for 2 years or more, an additional premium of 50% may be applied to the council tax. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75% which would equal £1,625.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example if the property is a second home then a 10% discount will be applied or properties awaiting grant of probate. New build properties are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and allocated a band.

Band Newcastle upon Tyne City Council Tax (2018)
A £1,181
B £1,378
C £1,575
D £1,772
E £2,166
F £2,560
G £2,954
H £3,544

Can I dispute my band?

To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
Eagle Star House
Regent Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE3 3TW
Tyne and Wear

A homeowner can apply for their property to be reassessed.

Stamp Duty on Tyne And Wear properties

Submitting the SDLT1 form to HMRC (formerly Inland Revenue) is difficult and time consuming. The majority of purchasers get their conveyancing solicitor to do it for them.

If you are buying a residential property in England,Wales or Northern Ireland then stamp duty is payable on properties over £125k. In Scotland, the threshold is £145k.

Our post-completion conveyancing team use integrated conveyancing case management system to ensure the SDLT1 tax return is submitted to HMRC (formerly Inland Revenue) as quickly as possible.

See examples for typical Tyne And Wear properties:

  Average sale price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £165,989 £819.78
Average price (detached) £274,174 £3,708.70
Average new build £214,307 £1,786.14

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Tyne And Wear

Relief is available on home purchases below £300k for first-time buyers. If you are buying a second home for more than £40,000 then you will have to pay a stamp duty surcharge of 3%. For example, if a property owner bought a second home in Tyne And Wear for the average price of £165,989 the stamp duty would be £8,299.45.

Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitors will ensure the correct tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Tyne And Wear

New build site

Over 100,000 property owners in the UK have property leases with problematic terms. Doubling ground rents, sub-letting restrictions and undisclosed major works are among the frequent complications lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer.

Inaccurate leasehold advice, from a lawyer with limited leasehold experience, could lead to serious consequences.

If you intend to buy a property with a lease, a experienced conveyancing solicitor in Tyne And Wear will address aspects of leasehold, including :

  • sometimes ancient and arcane lease documents
  • managing agent practices
  • service charges, ground rents and buildings insurance arrangements
  • enfranchisement
  • residents? management company

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease with our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Tyne And Wear?

House being built

According to data gathered by HMLR, 132 new build properties have been bought in Tyne And Wear in 2018 so far. The average price for Tyne And Wear new build properties is £198,708.

Acquiring a new build property can be more involved than any other type of conveyancing. To prevent difficulties arising a Tyne And Wear conveyancing solicitor must be aware of both region-specific issues and also needs to consider a range of factors, including handling the uncertainties of buying off plan and spotting incomplete agreements for roads and sewers.

Our highly qualified new build team are specialists in ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible and working to tight developer deadlines.

Conservation areas

Whether you are a fan of Georgian, Edwardian or even Brutalist architecture, moving to a street located in a conservation area can ensure the local character is unlikely to change. However, conservation area building controls will affect your residential property.

These building controls may include restrictions on the removal of chimneys, restrictions on extensions normally within Permitted Development rights or restrictions preventing the addition of new access.

The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even if the previous owner was responsible for the changes.

Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Tyne And Wear's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Tyne And Wear

The conveyancing process on a sale of a house or flat is simpler than for a purchase. The buyer's conveyancer will have to carry out a full legal review into the property's title and other legal aspects. Conveyancing solicitors in Tyne And Wear acting for the vendor simply responds to enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor.

How to give yourself the best chances of success

A home can be burdened by many legal problems (for example being a listed building with non-compliant alterations) that can endanger the conveyancing process.

Property specialists will almost always recommend that vendors tackle any such problems head on.

Recommended reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Leasehold

The legal work for a leasehold flat or house is quite a lot more protracted than for a freehold property.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Tyne And Wear will usually undertake additional tasks. This can involve obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to details of the length of leases of other flats in the block.

In order to resolve any leasehold delays faster, it is recommended that the seller instruct a lawyer as early in the process as possible, potentially before putting the property on the market,.

What if your conveyancing solicitors are acting for the other side?

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale. However, CLC-regulated conveyancers, can act for both parties.

If you are buying or selling a house or flat in Tyne And Wear, and a Quittance solicitor is acting for the other side, you may wish to contact a property solicitor firm in Tyne And Wear to carry out your conveyancing.

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Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Tyne And Wear

People remortgage their home for all sorts of reasons, such as getting on to a new fixed-rate deal, or releasing capital. By far the most common reason, however, is to secure a better rate of interest.

You would typically benefit from a lower rate faster with a more efficient conveyancing solicitor in Tyne And Wear. With the base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and the future of interest rates uncertain, fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting the mortgage rate you want.

It is vital that the property lawyer handling your remortgage can also act for the new bank or building society. Quittance Conveyancing are on all major UK lenders' panels. So whether you are switching to a tracker with Bradford & Bingley or to a repayment mortgage with the Leeds Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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