West Midlands conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Birmingham City Council?

West Midlands is situated in Birmingham City Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Birmingham City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1006.82
B £1174.62
C £1342.43
D £1510.23
E £1845.84
F £2181.44
G £2517.05
H £3020.46

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are West Midlands conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in West Midlands offer services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house purchase or sale completes.

If, for whatever reason, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in West Midlands - which searches will I need?

The standard search pack will include:

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

Sometimes the initial search results will recommend additional searches , for example a radon gas search.

To work out the total cost of searches on a West Midlands purchase, try our conveyancing calculator.

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

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Buying a leasehold property can take weeks more to complete than a freehold home because there is more to prepare.

Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete managing agent information to out-of-date contact information for the freeholder.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Yes, it can take considerably longer to complete the legal work on leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor must review several leasehold-related documents. These could include details of any breaches by other leaseholders and a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance. The time needed by the solicitor to source this information is commonly the source of delays.

It can take weeks to collect this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the managing agent, so your solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer.

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

I am remortgaging a property in West Midlands - 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 proactive conveyancing solicitor in West Midlands could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with the Nationwide Building Society or to a capped-rate mortgage with Virgin Money, we can help.

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