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The cathedral city of Worcester stands on the River Severn, was the site of the final battle of the English Civil War, in 1651, home to composer Edward Elgar and gave the world Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

Named as one of the happiest places to live in several occasions, Worcester is one of the most attractive cities in the UK and popular with people of all ages. Its central location in beautiful countryside makes it a good base for commuters to Birmingham or Bristol. There is a wide range of property available, both in the centre and the surrounding villages, from period houses to modern flat conversions. A recent surge in new build homes has boosted market prices.

Worcester conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Worcestershire County Council?

Worcester is situated in Worcestershire County Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Worcester City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1114.55
B £1300.31
C £1486.07
D £1671.83
E £2043.35
F £2414.87
G £2786.38
H £3343.66

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Worcester conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Worcester carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will explain what you will pay when your property transaction goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your property transaction does not go ahead, you will be covered by 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 Worcester?

Searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Worcester 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?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The conveyancing for leasehold property typically takes longer than a freehold property because leasehold transactions involve more work.

Examples of delays might include anything from incomplete service charge accounts to uncontactable landlords.

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

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see these documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and a current statement of service charges. The time needed by your lawyer to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.

It could take several weeks to collect the managing agent's information if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact, so the seller's solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity.

Read more:

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

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

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 Worcester remortgage solicitor should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Quittance's solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to an interest-only mortgage with the Halifax or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Market Harborough Building Society, Quittance can help.

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