West Sussex conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Horsham District Council?

West Sussex is situated in Horsham District Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Horsham District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1124.63
B £1312.07
C £1499.51
D £1686.95
E £2061.83
F £2436.71
G £2811.58
H £3373.90

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are West Sussex conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in West Sussex provide legal services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Quittance's conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your home sale or purchase goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in West Sussex?

Property searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by West Sussex conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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 West Sussex - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in England or Wales is more complicated than buying a freehold. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like undisclosed major works and excessive freehold premiums.

A good property lawyer 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. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold home can result in long delays.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time needed by your lawyer to get these documents together is the common cause of such delays.

It could take several weeks to collect these details if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent, so your lawyer ought to 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 buying a new build property in West Sussex - what do I need to know?

The legal work for acquiring a new build home in West Sussex .

Your solicitor in West Sussex will need to be qualified to handle things like liaising with the builder's onsite sales team, negotiating new build contracts and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and ICW.

Our highly experienced team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my West Sussex property?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good West Sussex remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our property lawyers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a cashback mortgage with the HSBC or to a repayment mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, Quittance can help.

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