Updated: October 12, 2018

Weybridge conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Weybridge

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid conveyancing solicitors in Weybridge for handling the legal work for your move.

Do Weybridge conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Weybridge offer services on a fees per hour basis, and others on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee') basis. We work on a fixed No Move, No Fee basis, with no hidden costs. Your quote will explain all fees and disbursements you will need to pay when your property transaction has completed.

Besides conveyancing fees, what other costs are there?

You must cover the cost of any 'disbursements', in addition to the legal fees.

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

See: Complete list of conveyancing fees and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Weybridge cost in total?

Weybridge conveyancing fees should not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, there may be some variation in certain disbursements. For example, Local Authority Search fees can vary and additional region-specific searches, e.g. a historic mining search, may be needed.

For standard conveyancing transactions, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no hidden fees or surprises in the small print. Work out the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Weybridge

Caveat emptor, (Latin for "let the buyer beware"), was the legal principle of property law in England and Wales. After the introduction of the Consumer Trading Regulations (CPR), this rule no longer applies. However, a purchaser must still investigate the house or flat they plan to buy.

The Weybridge conveyancing solicitor will offer professional advice following their enquiries, assist in resolving any issues and register the new owner's title at the Land Registry.

This section considers elements of the buying process for conveyancing solicitors in Weybridge necessitating specialist legal knowledge.

Your Weybridge conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Before you instruct a Weybridge conveyancing solicitor, it is vital that you check that they are approved by your chosen lender, whether you are getting a mortgage from the Swansea Building Society, Barclays Bank or any other lender.

Many lenders are only prepared to work with a selected list (their 'panel') of law firms that pass strict selection criteria. If your solicitor cannot act for your chosen lender, the lender will need an alternative solicitor firm to complete the legal work.

The purchaser will be expected to pay this second lawyer's costs and the conveyancing process could take much longer.

Neglecting to check your property solicitor's lender panel status can frustrate the process.

Our solicitors are on the panel of all mortgage lenders.

Residential Property Searches (Elmbridge Borough Council)

Residential property searches are questions asked of various bodies by Weybridge conveyancing solicitors to identify information and potential issues affecting the home you want to buy.

These searches include the local authority (LA) search, drainage & water search, environmental search and chancel repair liability.

You will be informed if your mortgage lender needs any further searches, e.g. a more detailed flood report or a more detailed environmental report.

Elmbridge Borough Council has an average turnaround time of 5 weeks for conveyancing searches, so faster personal (as opposed to official) searches will be recommended.

Ensuring planning permission is in place

The conveyancing solicitor acting for the buyer also retrieves official entries from the Land Registry. This will help to highlight potential planning issues, for example that a restrictive covenant has been breached or the title plan showing only very general boundaries.

Elmbridge Borough Council Council Tax

Elmbridge Borough Council calculate council tax on Weybridge homes based on the number of occupants and the historic value of the property (as valued at 1 April 1991). For example, for an average Tax Band E home in Weybridge, the amount payable would be £2,278.

A conveyancing solicitor in Weybridge will inform a buyer of the home's tax 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 reduces the tax due to 75% which would equal £1,708.

Other discounts and exemptions could also apply, for example if the property is uninhabited (for the first 60 days) or where the property was left empty by a bankrupt person. A new property is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and allocated a council tax banding.

Band Elmbridge Borough Council Tax (2018)
A £1,242
B £1,449
C £1,657
D £1,864
E £2,278
F £2,692
G £3,106
H £3,727

Could I be overpaying council tax?

A property owner can also apply for their property to be reassessed, but the band could be revised up as well as down. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
3rd Floor
Bridge House
Walnut Tree Close

Stamp Duty on Weybridge properties

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

The current SDLT threshold for residential properties is £125k.

Quittance Conveyancing's investment in the latest case management software means that HMRC filing late filing penalties are a thing of the past.

See stamp duty examples for homes in Weybridge:

  Average sale price (2017) SDLT
Average price £799,316 £29,965.80
Average price (detached) £1,488,600 £92,610.00
Average new build £580,206 £19,010.30

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Weybridge

In Nov 2017, it was announced that first-time buyers would be exempt from paying stamp duty on homes below £300,000. If you already own another home you will be subject to a 3% surcharge. Following the example above, if a homeowner bought a second property in Weybridge for the average price of £799,316 the SDLT would be £63,945.28.

Weybridge conveyancing solicitors should confirm the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Weybridge

New build site

Purchasing a leasehold property if you are unaware of the implications can be fraught with risk. There is a wide range of sometimes obscure legal issues that may be awaiting an uninformed purchaser, including:

  • reversionary interests
  • doubling ground rents
  • unreasonable managing agent fees
  • freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders
Misguided leasehold advice, from a conveyancing solicitor lacking in specialist knowledge, can have serious consequences.

A specialist conveyancing solicitor in Weybridge will investigate aspects of the leasehold purchase, including flats in the same block with disparity between their leases, current-year service charge estimates and reviewing the lease itself (some leases are over 100 years old).

Make sure that you are fully-informed regarding your decision to buy a leasehold property with our specialist leasehold conveyancing solicitors.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Weybridge?

Building site

The average cost of a new build home in Weybridge is £753,333. 3 brand new homes have been bought in Weybridge in 2018 so far.

Purchasing a new build home is generally more complex than 'standard conveyancing'. Therefore a conveyancing solicitor in Weybridge must be conscious of both region-specific issues and also should consider a range of factors, e.g. handling unreasonable delays and ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour.

Our highly qualified team of conveyancers are experts in new build purchases and working to developer exchange timeframes.

Conservation areas in Surrey

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

These constraints could include:

  • Restrictions on replacing windows
  • Restrictions preventing the addition of new access
  • Restrictions on side or two-storey extensions

The local authority can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as knocking down a new modern-style extension.

The Elmbridge local planning authority has assigned conservation area-status to parts of Weybridge. Your conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether the property you are buying is located in one of Weybridge's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Weybridge

The legal side of a property sale is much easier than for a property purchase. With a purchase, the responsibility is on the buyer to determine whether the property's title is mortgageable and is (or can be) registered at the Land Registry.

Conversely, with a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Weybridge acting for the existing owner just answer the buyer's solicitor's formal enquiries.

Factors that could delay or endanger your home sale

Properties can be burdened by a series of legal problems (for example a solar panel 'rent a roof' scheme) that can delay a sale.

Property specialists will almost always suggest that vendors handle these issues without delay.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold flats

The legal work for a leasehold flat is much more complex than for a freehold property.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Weybridge will usually undertake additional work, such as obtaining an up-to-date service charge statement or the memorandum of articles of association (if applicable).

It is generally a good idea to appoint a property lawyer as soon as the decision is made to sell to mitigate leasehold delays.

What if Quittance is acting for the other side?

A CLC-regulated conveyancer can act for both sides. However, SRA rules restrict a single conveyancing solicitor from working on behalf of both sides in a property sale.

If you are buying or selling a Weybridge home, and we are acting for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Weybridge to carry out your legal work.

Local Weybridge conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Guillaumes LLP, 68 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8BL
  • Meadows Ryan Solicitors Ltd, 56 Church Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8DP
  • Bates Solicitors Limited, 111 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9UW
  • Sony Europe Limited, The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0XW
  • Fredrickson International Ltd, Persimmon House, De Havilland Drive, Brooklands Business Park, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0YP

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Weybridge

People remortgage a home for all sorts of reasons, for example consolidating debts, or the existing lender having refused a payment holiday. By far the most common reason, however, is to lower their monthly repayments.

A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Weybridge will complete the conveyancing quickly, helping you get onto the lower rate earlier. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to getting on to the rate you want.

The property lawyer conducting the legal work must also be able to act on behalf of your preferred mortgage provider. Our conveyancing team are on the panel for all major UK lenders, so whether you are switching to a flexible mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a joint mortgage with the Yorkshire Bank, 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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