Updated: October 12, 2018

Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Uxbridge

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the amounts you pay your Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor for the legal work associated with buying or selling a property.

Are Uxbridge conveyancing fees and costs fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Uxbridge work on an hourly rate, while other property lawyers will work for a fixed fee (known as 'No Move, No Fee'). Our conveyancing solicitors work on a No Sale, No Fee basis, with no nasty surprises in the small print. Your quote will explain what fees you will need to pay when your sale or purchase completes.

What are disbursements?

You will need to budget for 'disbursements', on top of the conveyancing fees.

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

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will conveyancing in Uxbridge cost in total?

Uxbridge conveyancing fees will not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. There may, however, be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary and specific extra searches, e.g. a flooding search, may be necessary.

With Quittance, 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 considerably cheaper than the Estate Agent's recommended solicitor's fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Uxbridge

Under recent changes to English and Welsh property law, a seller is obliged to reveal any property defects or disputes.

That said, it remains the responsibility of the Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor to investigate the property, and deliver their report on title to the purchaser, deal with any legal issues and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

This section of the article discusses the aspects of the legal process for conveyancing solicitors in Uxbridge needing specialist legal knowledge.

Your Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Whether your mortgage is with a less common mortgage lender like the Monmouthshire Building Society or a large lender such as Lloyds Bank, before you appoint a Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor it is paramount that you confirm that they can act in the interests of your lender.

Your lawyer may not be able to carry out the legal work for your lender, because some mortgage lenders are only happy to work with a restricted panel of legal practices that meet stringent standards.

If this is the case, the lender will need a different legal firm to complete the legal work, and you will usually need to pay this alternative lawyer's fees. Handling paperwork and correspondence with this additional party can delay the process.

Major delays can arise if you do not confirm your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.

London Borough of Hillingdon Council Tax

London Borough of Hillingdon calculate your council tax based on a number of criteria including the size of the property and the value of the property as determined by the VOA in 1991. For example, for an average Valuation Band E residential property in Uxbridge, the amount of council tax due would be £1,720.

Uxbridge conveyancing solicitors will inform the buyer of the home's tax band as soon as they are made aware.

If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £1,290.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, e.g. if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or if the home is left unoccupied by a student.

Band London Borough of Hillingdon Tax (2018)
A £938
B £1,094
C £1,251
D £1,407
E £1,720
F £2,033
G £2,345
H £2,814

Can you challenge the council tax bracket?

A property owner can also ask for their property to be reassessed, and if the valuation is revised down, they may receive a refund. To appeal contact:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor Aspect Gate 166 College Rd
Harrow
HA1 1BH

Stamp Duty on Uxbridge properties

SDLT is paid to HMRC and the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor will ensure that the tax return process is carried out.

If the purchase price of your new home is over the £125k threshold (excluding 'chattels' or 'fixtures and fittings'), the Stamp Duty Land Tax becomes chargeable.

Our post-completion conveyancing team use case management system to ensure the SDLT1 tax return is submitted to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as quickly as possible.

This table sets out stamp duty for typical property in Uxbridge:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Average price £456,650 £12,832.50
Average price (detached) £731,251 £26,562.55
Average new build £456,058 £12,802.90

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Uxbridge

First-time buyer stamp duty relief is available on property purchases below £300k. If you own another property or share in a property (including outside the UK)you will be subject to a higher SDLT rate of 3%. For example, if an existing homeowner bought a second property in Uxbridge for the average price of £456,650 the stamp duty would be £36,532.00.

Uxbridge conveyancing solicitors should ensure their client pays the right amount.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold home is not as straightforward as purchasing a freehold home. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting buyer include:

  • unfair clauses in the lease
  • increasing ground rents
  • unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder
Serious consequences can result from an inexperienced lawyer's failure to advise you correctly regarding your planned leasehold purchase.

A expert conveyancing solicitor in Uxbridge will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, for example :

  • reviewing the lease itself
  • dealing with freeholders and managing agents
  • ground rents and service charges
  • sinking funds
  • residents' memoranda and articles of association

Make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your planned purchase - You can call our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team today on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Uxbridge?

New build building site

Based on HMLR information, 4 new builds have been bought in Uxbridge in 2018 so far. The average sale price of Uxbridge new builds is £250,833.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Uxbridge will need to be familiar with local Uxbridge issues and new build's added complexities, including handling deposits, handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, LABC New Home Warranty and ACHI/Vantage.

With Quittance Conveyancing, you will get an accurate and truly independent assessment of the legal title of the house or apartment, paying close attention to concerns like unreasonable leasehold terms and an assessment of other risks, such as future local development.

Conservation areas in London

Whether you enjoy Tudor-style or Edwardian architecture, moving into a conservation area can ensure that the neighbourhood is protected from noticeable change. However, conservation area conditions will affect your property.

These constraints may include restrictions on the addition of boundary walls, restrictions preventing paving over the front garden or restrictions on extensions normally within Permitted Development rights.

The new owner could be ordered to pay for necessary changes to bring a property in line with current regulations, even where the alterations were made by the previous owner.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors will address whether the home you plan to buy is located in a conservation area in Uxbridge.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Uxbridge

Conveyancing for a property sale is normally less troublesome than for a purchase. When buying, the burden lies entirely with the buyer to determine whether the title of the property is mortgageable and is (or can be) registered at the Land Registry.

When selling, conveyancing solicitors in Uxbridge acting for the seller effectively just answer the purchaser's enquiries.

What factors could threaten your sale?

Homes can face a series of possible issues (such as Japanese Knotweed or excessive service charges) which could frustrate a sale for weeks.

Property specialists will generally suggest that sellers handle these issues without delay.

Useful reading:

Read more conveyancing advice for sellers.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is much more time-consuming than for a freehold property.

Conveyancing solicitors in Uxbridge will also perform extra work. This can involve requesting an up-to-date service charge statement, through to a copy of any health and safety assessment for the common parts.

To accelerate the handling of the leasehold work, it is recommended that the seller instructs a conveyancer with leasehold experience as soon as the decision is made to sell.

Can Quittance conveyancers act for the buyer and the vendor in a single transaction?

SRA rules prevent a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a house sale. CLC-regulated conveyancers, however, can act for both the buyer and the seller.

If you are buying or selling a Uxbridge home, and a Quittance conveyancer is carrying out the legal work for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Uxbridge to carry out your legal work.

Local Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Bird & Lovibond, 3 Vine Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1RP
  • Blossom Law Solicitors LLP, The Charter Building, Charter Place, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JG
  • Capital Legal Solicitors, Darren House, 65 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JP
  • Hal Solicitors, 8 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JN
  • Iliffes Booth Bennett, Capital Court, 30 Windsor Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1AB

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Uxbridge

Benefitting from a better rate to reduce monthly expenses is usually the main reason why homeowners remortgage. There are other reasons, including releasing capital, or moving from a standard variable rate (SVR) to a fixed-rate.

You should be able to enjoy a better rate sooner with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Uxbridge. They will work to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With rate rises anticipated, fast conveyancing can play a key role in securing the rate you want.

The property lawyer carrying out your remortgage must also be able to act on behalf of your new bank or building society. Quittance Conveyancing are on all major lenders' panels, so no matter whether you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with the HSBC or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Market Harborough Building Society, we can assist.

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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