Updated: October 12, 2018

Weymouth conveyancing solicitor fees

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Weymouth

Conveyancing solicitor fees are the costs you pay to conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth for the legal work involved in moving home.

Do Weymouth conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed fee basis?

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee basis with no nasty surprises in the small print, unlike some other conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth who will work on an hourly-rate basis. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will be charged when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to conveyancing solicitor fees you will also have to cover any 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes that your property solicitor will have to pay to third parties on behalf of their client. These include costs like managing agent fees or bankruptcy searches.

See: A guide to conveyancing fees, costs and disbursements

How much will conveyancing in Weymouth cost in total?

Weymouth conveyancing fees will be the same as anywhere else in the country. There may, however, be some variation in certain disbursements. As examples, specific extra searches, e.g. transport searches, may be necessary and Local Authority (LA) Search fees will vary.

For a standard home sale or purchase, the conveyancing fee we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are no unexpected costs or surprises in the small print. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here

Quittance's conveyancing fees were considerably cheaper than the average solicitors' fees

Conveyancing - Buying a property in Weymouth

When carrying out the legal work for a homebuyer, the conveyancing solicitor in Weymouth will examine the draft contract and investigate the property's title and report back to the buyer and the lender.

The conveyancer will give advice after making their enquiries, help with resolving any problems and confirm that the legal title passes to the new owner.

This article considers the types of residential property that may be of interest to buyers who need conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth.

Your Weymouth conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Homebuyers have many mortgage providers available, from a niche mortgage lender like Ahli United Bank, to a major lender such as the HSBC. Before you choose a Weymouth conveyancing solicitor, whoever you choose, it is vital that you check that they can represent your mortgage lender.

The majority of banks and building societies will only work with a restricted list (called a 'lender panel') of legal firms that meet strict selection criteria. If a conveyancer is unable to act for your mortgage lender, the lender will require a different solicitor firm to complete the legal work.

You will be expected to pay this alternate solicitor's costs and the conveyancing process could take much longer.

Your purchase could be jeopardised by failing to check your conveyancer's lender panel status.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.

Searches (Weymouth & Portland Borough Council)

Searches will be applied for by Weymouth conveyancing solicitors to unearth any pertinent information that might potentially impact how much your house or flat is worth.

Searches are primarily carried out to satisfy the conditions of the lender, and include the local authority (LA) search, environmental search, drainage & water search and chancel repair liability.

You will be told if your chosen lender wants any further searches, such as a more detailed flood report or a more detailed plan search.

Homebuyers can expect a lead time of around 42 weeks for Local Authority searches supplied by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, so your solicitor will instead apply for quicker personal searches.

Planning documents

The buyer's conveyancing solicitor will request an 'Official Copy of the Title Register' from the Land Registry. This will help to expose potential planning issues, for example discrepancies between the property boundaries and the title plan or restrictions that limit alterations.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Council Tax

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council calculate your council tax based on various factors that include the square footage of the property and the value of the home as determined by the VOA in 1991 (or 2003 in Wales). For example, the occupier of a Valuation Band B home in the Weymouth & Portland Borough Council area would pay annual council tax of £1,548.

Conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth will inform the purchaser of the home's tax band once 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 £1,161.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, for example unoccupied properties undergoing major repairs or structural changes or where an inhabitant is an 18 year old for whom child benefit is payable. Newer homes are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and allocated a banding.

Band Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tax (2018)
A £1,327
B £1,548
C £1,769
D £1,991
E £2,433
F £2,875
G £3,318
H £3,981

Are you about you buy a home in the wrong council tax band?

It is possible to challenge the council tax band after moving in. Between April 2016 and April 2017, 20 council tax challenges were made. 10 were approved and the tax was reduced. Contact the VOA for more information on how to challenge your tax band:

Valuation Office Agency
Vespasian House
Bridport Rd

Stamp Duty on Weymouth properties

Given the complexity of the SDLT1 tax return form, only the experienced would attempt to complete and file this with HMRC without a conveyancing solicitor's help.

A purchaser will usually need to pay SDLT if the property they are purchasing is valued at over £125k.

Quittance use smart case management systems to make sure that mistakes are not made on the SDLT process.

See Stamp Duty Land Tax examples for properties in Weymouth:

  Average selling price (2017) Stamp Duty
Average price £258,720 £2,936.00
Average price (detached) £355,040 £7,752.00
Average new build £277,440 £3,872.00
Following a change in April 2016, a 3% SDLT surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. E.g. if a second property was bought for £258,720 then the SDLT including the surcharge would be £20,697.60. .

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Weymouth

Relief is available on home purchases below £300k for first-time buyers.

Conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth will confirm the correct calculation is made.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Weymouth

New build site

Buying a leasehold house or flat can be challenging when compared to purchasing a freehold property. There are numerous technical issues that could be lying in wait for the unsuspecting purchaser, such as:

  • excessive freehold premiums
  • ground rent multipliers
  • unreasonable managing agent fees
Serious consequences can result from an inexperienced conveyancing solicitor's bad leasehold advice.

A good conveyancing solicitor in Weymouth will address aspects of leasehold, for example sometimes ancient and arcane lease documents, reviewing correspondence between the freeholder and leaseholder and service charges, ground rents and buildings insurance arrangements.

Make sure that you are aware of all the potential issues and costs associated with the lease - You can call our leasehold conveyancing solicitor team today on 0800 612 0377.

Buying a 'New Build' property in Weymouth?

New build building site

1 new build homes have been bought in Weymouth in 2018 so far, based on data published by the Land Registry. The average value of Weymouth new build homes is £157,500.

A new-build conveyancing solicitor in Weymouth must be mindful of both local Weymouth factors as well as the specific issues associated with new build, including handling deposits and ensuring compliance with planning regulations.

Our highly qualified team of conveyancers specialise in meeting short developer deadlines and helping the buyer get the best possible purchase terms.

Dorset Conservation areas

If you are planning to buy a residential property in a conservation area in Weymouth, the property must not breach any conservation area building controls. Called Article 4 directions, these building controls may include:

  • A prohibition on the removal of front boundary walls
  • Restrictions preventing the installation of VELUX windows
  • Restrictions on side or two-storey extensions

The local council can order any non-compliant alterations to a property to be changed or removed, such as removing a satellite dish.

Your Quittance conveyancing solicitor will confirm if the property you are purchasing is located in a conservation area in Weymouth.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Weymouth

The legal work involved in a sale of a house or flat is normally less troublesome than when buying. When buying, the responsibility lies entirely with the buyer to confirm that the home they are buying is legally sound.

With a sale, conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth acting for the current owner need only respond to enquiries made on behalf of the buyer.

How to minimise the risk of your sale falling through

A home can be burdened by possible complications (for example a dispute with a neighbour or restrictions on how you can use the property) that might prevent the conveyancing process from completing.

Don't bury your head, trusting that the issue won't be discovered. The best course of action is to seek out professional help and tackle it as early as possible.

Useful reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is significantly more involved than it is for a freehold home.

Conveyancing solicitors in Weymouth will also carry out additional work, for example writing to the landlord for a copy of the lease, through to ascertaining if the incoming lessee (i.e. the seller) is required to buy a share in the building's management company.

Sellers are advised to get a conveyancer as early as possible to reduce delays associated with leasehold property. Some Managing agents are painfully slow to respond.

Can your conveyancing solicitors act for the buyer and the seller of the same property?

A conveyancer who is regulated by the CLC can act for both sides. However, SRA rules restrict the same solicitor from acting on both sides in a property sale and purchase.

You could contact a local Weymouth conveyancing solicitor firm to handle your legal work, if a Quittance conveyancer is doing the legal work for the other side.

Local Weymouth conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Kitson & Trotman LLP, Suite 5, St. Albans Chambers, St. Alban Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PY
  • Pengillys LLP, 67 St Thomas Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8HB
  • Mustoe Shorter Solicitors & Advocates, 7-8 Frederick Place, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8HQ
  • Nantes Solicitors Limited, 69 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7AA
  • Bb Dorset Limited, 79 Lynch Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9DW

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Weymouth

People remortgage their home for all sorts of reasons, for example moving from a tracker to a fixed-rate, or borrowing more to help pay for an extension. The most common reason, however, is to save money with a lower rate.

A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Weymouth can reduce the remortgage processing time, meaning you move to your lower rate sooner. With the future of interest rates uncertain, fast conveyancing can be a crucial factor in getting on to the rate you want.

Your property lawyer needs to be able to act for your new mortgage lender. Our conveyancing team are panel members of all major banks and building societies, so whether you are moving to a tracker with the Bank of Scotland or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, 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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