Updated: October 12, 2018

Uckfield conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Uckfield

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid to your Uckfield conveyancing solicitor for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

Do Uckfield conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield offer services on a fees per hour basis. Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no nasty surprises in the small print. Your quote will explain all fees and other costs you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs in addition to conveyancing fees?

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

Disbursements are the costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf, such as telegraphic transfer fees or bankruptcy checks.

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Uckfield cost in total?

Although conveyancing fees in Uckfield will usually match prices elsewhere in the UK, there can be variation in the disbursements required. As examples, additional region-specific searches, e.g. a Coal Authority search, may be needed and council search fees will vary.

With Quittance Conveyancing, there are absolutely no hidden fees. For a standard home sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. To calculate your conveyancing fees, try our conveyancing fees quote calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were substantially lower than the average solicitors' fees, and their service was first-rate

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Uckfield

A seller is now required to disclose issues that could affect the value or enjoyment of their property to the prospective buyer.

It remains, however, the duty of the conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield to investigate the property, and feed the results of their enquiries back to the buyer, solve outstanding issues and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

This section provides useful advice for people looking for conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield for a purchase.

Your Uckfield conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Property purchasers have access to around 100 UK lenders, from a less common mortgage lender like Hampden & Co, to a large lender such as the Yorkshire Building Society. Before you select a Uckfield conveyancing solicitor, whoever you choose, it is essential that you check that they can represent your mortgage lender.

A lot of mortgage lenders are only happy to work with a select group (often referred to as a 'panel') of legal firms. If your conveyancer can't act for your mortgage lender, the lender will require an alternative law firm to complete the legal work.

The borrower will usually need to pay this substitute lawyer's fees, and the conveyancing process can take much longer.

Delays can be caused by failing to check your solicitor's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing can act for all lenders.

Searches (Wealden District Council)

Property searches (sometimes referred to as 'conveyancing searches') are questions asked of various bodies by Uckfield conveyancing solicitors to identify information and potential issues affecting the home you want to buy.

Banks and building societies also need to see specific searches to be carried out. Required searches will include:

  • Local Authority search - covers planning applications, building control history and enforcement action against the property. The LA search also includes details of any nearby road development schemes.
  • Drainage & Water search - confirms who is responsible for the upkeep of the water pipes and drainage that serve the property.
  • Environmental search - identifies nearby landfill and contaminated land sites (within 500 metres), and if there has been any historic flooding or mining subsidence.
  • Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Uckfield properties for local parish repairs.

Homebuyers will be made aware if your lender insists on any additional searches, such as a Crossrail search or a geological search.

Wealden District Council has a usual delivery time of 8 weeks for Local Authority searches, so your solicitor will instead order faster regulated searches.

Checking planning permission status

Your conveyancing solicitor will source office copies from HM Land Registry. This will help to expose any potential issues. Examples of these include neighbours' rights of access or a difference between the agent's floorplan and the title plan.

Wealden District Council Council Tax

As a homeowner in Uckfield, the applicable rate of council tax will vary depending on the value of the home (as assessed in 1991) and the number of people living in it. For instance for an average Valuation Band C home in Uckfield, the amount of council tax would be £1,720 per year.

Uckfield conveyancing solicitors will inform the purchaser of the property's band as soon as they are made aware.

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 (25%) would reduce the tax due to £1,290.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or structural changes or where an inhabitant is an 18 year old for whom child benefit is payable. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) work out council tax bands for newly-constructed property, and where the owner has requested a revaluation.

Band Wealden District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,290
B £1,505
C £1,720
D £1,935
E £2,365
F £2,795
G £3,225
H £3,870

Are you paying more than you should?

To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
St. Annes House
2 St. Annes Rd
Eastbourne
BN21 3LG
East Sussex

A homeowner can challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 80 council tax challenges were made, and 30 were upheld and refunds awarded.

Stamp Duty on Uckfield properties

Stamp duty is paid to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by completing an SDLT1 form. The form is lengthy and complex.

If a home is valued at over £125k, the purchaser usually must pay SDLT.

Quittance will complete the SDLT1 form for you at the point your purchase completes.

The following table illustrates SDLT examples for properties in Uckfield:

  Average selling price (2018 to date) Stamp Duty
Average price £417,339 £10,866.95
Average price (detached) £558,237 £17,911.85
Average new build £1,036,670 £47,417.00
Following the recent budget statement, second home buyers have had to pay a 3% stamp duty surcharge. For example, if a property owner bought a second home in Uckfield for the average price of £417,339 the SDLT would be £33,387.12.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Uckfield

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300k.

Conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield will ensure an accurate calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Uckfield

New build site

The pitfalls associated with buying a leasehold property in the UK are frequently reported by the press. Numerous legal complications could be lying in wait for the unsuspecting purchaser, such as freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders, ground rent multipliers and reversionary interests.

Poor leasehold guidance, from a property lawyer with limited leasehold experience, could lead to serious consequences.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, such as :

  • reviewing the lease itself
  • reviewing correspondence between the freeholder and leaseholder
  • annual statements of account and budgets for service charges
  • the implications of the remaining length of the lease

Ensure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property - Speak to Quittance Conveyancing's team of leasehold conveyancing solicitors on 0800 612 0377 today.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Uckfield?

New build building site

The average cost of Uckfield new build properties is £1,036,670. 3 new build properties have been bought in Uckfield in 2018 so far.

The legal work for purchasing a new build is more complex than any other type of conveyancing. To avoid potential problems a Uckfield conveyancing solicitor should be mindful of local considerations and must check a range of issues, including checking new build mortgage procedures are followed and dealing with incomplete service connection agreements.

Our highly qualified conveyancing team specialise in meeting short developer deadlines and ensuring that new build contracts favour the client as much as possible.

East Sussex Conservation areas

Buying in a street located in a conservation area can ensure the local character is unlikely to change. However, conservation area conditions will affect your home.

These constraints, called Article 4 Directions, may include restrictions on the removal or addition of front boundary walls, restrictions on the erection of outbuildings or general restrictions governing the use of unsympathetic materials.

If a property is in breach, the local planning authority can instruct the owner to 'undo' the recent changes, even if the changes were made by the previous owner.

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

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Uckfield

The conveyancing process on a sale of a home is less complicated than for a purchase. When property changes hands, caveat-emptor' means that the onus is solely on the buyer to establish that the property they are buying does not have any legal issues.

Conversely, when selling, conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield acting for the seller just answer the buyer's solicitor's questions.

Why do sales fall through?

A home can face many possible difficulties (such as problems with a party wall agreement or a solar panel 'rent a roof' scheme) that can frustrate your home move.

Property specialists usually advise that vendors handle such issues as soon as they come to light.

Useful reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The legal work for a leasehold flat is quite a lot more complex than it is for a freehold home.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield must undertake additional legal work, including getting the latest service charge and ground rent statement or details of any deed of variation.

To reduce delays, it is strongly advised that you contact a leasehold expert as soon as possible, preferably before putting the property on the market,.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for both sides?

SRA rules prevent the same solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale and purchase. However, a CLC-regulated conveyancer, can act for both the buyer and the seller.

If you are buying or selling a Uckfield home, and a Quittance solicitor is acting for the other side, you can contact a local Uckfield conveyancing solicitor firm to carry out your legal work.

Local Uckfield conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, The Courtyard, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • So Legal Limited, First Floor Offices, Suite D, Eden House, The Office Village, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • Dawson Hart Solicitors Limited, The Old Grammar School, Church Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BH

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Uckfield

Although people consider remortgaging for a range of reasons, people generally remortgage a home to get a better interest rate.

You can enjoy the benefits of a better rate sooner by using a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield, accelerating the time taken to complete the process. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018) and future interest rate changes hard to predict, fast conveyancing can be a critical factor in securing the rate you want.

It is vitally important that the property lawyer undertaking the legal work is also able to act for the new mortgage provider. Our conveyancers are on the panel for all major lenders. So whether you are changing to a lifetime tracker mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a repayment mortgage with the Skipton 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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