Washington conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Sunderland City Council?

Washington is situated in Sunderland City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Sunderland City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1033.65
B £1205.92
C £1378.20
D £1550.47
E £1895.02
F £2239.57
G £2584.12
H £3100.94

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Washington?

Conveyancing fees will include fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, e.g. HM Land Registry fees or ground rent service charges. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Washington are fixed, meaning your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no hidden extras

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Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Washington?

Conveyancing searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Washington conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Washington - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in England or Wales can be complex. The numerous common problems awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like and unfair clauses in the lease.

Your conveyancing 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?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property can result in long delays.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review these documents, such as an up-to-date statement of service charges. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by your lawyer to get these documents together.

The seller's solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer, as this information could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am remortgaging a property in Washington - do I need a solicitor?

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 Washington can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our network of solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a 95% mortgage with RBS or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Barnsley Building Society, we can assist.

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