Updated: October 12, 2018

Worksop conveyancing solicitor fees and costs

No Move, No Fee conveyancing in Worksop

Conveyancing solicitor fees will be paid conveyancing solicitors in Worksop for carrying out the legal work for a property transaction.

How are Worksop conveyancing fees calculated?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Worksop carry out the legal work on an hourly-rate basis, and others on a fixed fee (or 'No Move, No Fee') basis. We work on a fixed No Sale, No Fee conveyancing basis, with no nasty surprises in the small print. Your conveyancing quote explains exactly what you will need to pay when your sale or purchase goes through.

Are there any other costs?

On top of the conveyancing fees you will also have to pay for 'disbursements'.

Disbursements are fees, costs or taxes the conveyancing solicitor will have to pay to other organisations as part of the house-buying and selling process, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or office copies and title plans.

See: A guide to all conveyancing fees

How much will the total conveyancing fees in Worksop cost?

Conveyancing solicitor fees in Worksop should not vary, wherever you are buying or selling in the UK. However, the costs of certain disbursements can vary. For example, specific extra searches, e.g. a commons registration search, may be necessary and council search fees will vary.

For a standard sale or purchase, what we quote is the fee you pay. With Quittance Conveyancing, there are absolutely no hidden fees. Calculate the conveyancing fees for your move, with our conveyancing fees calculator: Click here

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Conveyancing - Buying a property in Worksop

The legal work for a property buyer requires a Worksop conveyancing solicitor to consider a wide range of issues. Examples of such issues can range from problems with the property's title to problems affecting the mortgageability (e.g. regulated tenancies).

The buyer's lawyer will report their findings back to the buyer, iron out any legal issues and register the title in the new owner's name.

The content below discusses those types of property that carry additional risk for people who want conveyancing solicitors in Worksop for a purchase.

Your Worksop conveyancing solicitor must be lender-approved

Irrespective of whether your mortgage is with a major lender like Allied Irish Bank or a niche mortgage lender such as Ahli United Bank, before selecting a conveyancing solicitor in Worksop you need to check that they are on the panel of your lender.

A lot of lenders will only work with a restricted group of legal firms. If your solicitor is unable to act for your lender, the lender will need a different law firm to act in their interests.

The purchaser will usually need to pay this alternative lawyer's fees and significant delays to your move could occur.

Failing to confirm your conveyancing lawyer's lender panel status could result in serious delays.

Quittance Conveyancing are approved members of all lender panels.

Conveyancing Searches (Bassetlaw District Council)

Searches are submitted by Worksop conveyancing solicitors to help to identify problems that could have an impact on how much the property you are purchasing is worth. They include:

  • Local Authority (LA) search - includes a list of planning decisions that could affect the property
  • Environmental search - identifies risks within 500 metres of the property, including flooding subsidence. The search will also reveal nearby landfill sites and contaminated land.
  • Drainage & Water search - includes the position of water mains and sewers, and whether the local authority is responsible for their maintenance.
  • Chancel repair liability - describes the insurance to protect against any liability owed by Worksop properties for local parish repairs.

More specialised searches, such as a highways search or a disadvantaged area search, may also be advised in the initial LA and Environmental searches.

Bassetlaw District Council has an estimated turnaround time of 10 weeks for searches. Your lawyer could instead use faster personal searches.

Finding planning permissions

Your conveyancing solicitor will obtain an 'Official Copy of the Title Register' from HM Land Registry, helping to identify any potential issues, for example a restrictive covenant against certain alterations or discrepancies with the filed plan.

Bassetlaw District Council Council Tax

Bassetlaw District Council calculate your council tax based on various factors that include the size and character of the property and the property's value as at 1 April 1991 (England) or 1 April 2003 (Wales). E.g. for an average Valuation Band E home in Worksop, the council tax due would be £2,313.

Worksop conveyancing solicitors will inform the buyer of the home's tax band as soon as they are made aware.

If the property is unoccupied for over 24 months, the owner will pay 150% of the relevant rate. Single person discount reduces the tax due to 75%, which would equal £1,735.

Other discounts and exemptions may also apply, e.g. a 10% discount for second homes (although this may change as the government has second home ownership in its sights) or if an occupier is an apprentice school leaver or YTS trainee.

Band Bassetlaw District Council Tax (2018)
A £1,262
B £1,472
C £1,682
D £1,893
E £2,313
F £2,734
G £3,154
H £3,785

Could I be overpaying council tax?

In the financial year 2016/17, 30 council tax challenges were made, and 10 resulted in a reduction. To challenge your banding contact:

Valuation Office Agency
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
Sheffield
S1 1HD
South Yorkshire

Stamp Duty on Worksop properties

Obtaining and completing the SDLT1 return from HMRC is difficult but not impossible for a typical purchaser. Usually, however, the form is completed by the property lawyer to avoid penalties or delays.

The buyer (rather than the seller) will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the purchase price of the home if it exceeds £125k.

Quittance Conveyancing's integrated case management system are fully integrated with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)'s online SDLT filing systems.

See examples for average Worksop properties:

  Average selling price (2017) SDLT
Average price £157,881 £657.62
Average price (detached) £245,118 £2,402.36
Average new build £190,480 £1,309.60
Following a change in April 2016, a 3% stamp duty surcharge is applied for purchases of additional property. Therefore, if a homeowner in Worksop bought a second property for the average price of £157,881 the SDLT would be £7,894.05.

Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in Worksop

Since Nov 2017, first-time buyers only need to pay stamp duty on residential properties valued over £300k.

Worksop conveyancing solicitors should ensure the right tax is paid.

Buying a flat? Leasehold conveyancing in Worksop

New build site

Buying a leasehold house or flat without knowing what you are getting into can be risky. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed buyer can include:

  • restrictions on the use of the property
  • increasing ground rents
  • unreasonable managing agent fees
  • freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders
Inaccurate leasehold advice, from a property lawyer who has only ever dealt with freehold transactions, could lead to serious consequences.

A competent conveyancing solicitor in Worksop will consider potential leasehold issues, including :

  • checking the lease itself
  • any recent demands for service charges and ground rent
  • managing agent practices
  • onerous restrictions

Ensure 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 Worksop?

New build building site

The average purchase price of a new build property in Worksop is £80,000. 2 brand new properties have been bought in Worksop in 2018 so far.

Purchasing a new build is considerably more complicated than buying a 'secondhand' home. Therefore a Worksop conveyancing solicitor must be aware of local considerations and must look into numerous things, like handling the uncertainties of buying off plan and ensuring new estate roads are adopted.

Our team of conveyancers specialise in working to developer exchange timeframes and representing buyers to achieve the best outcome.

Nottinghamshire Conservation areas

Moving into a conservation area can ensure that the neighbourhood is protected from noticeable change. However, conservation area constraints will affect your house.

Called Article 4 directions, these conditions may include:

  • A prohibition on the removal of chimneys
  • Restrictions on hard standings at the front of the property
  • A prohibition on side or two-storey extensions

If a property is in breach, the local authority could order you (as the new owner) to pay for returning the property to a compliant state, even where the alterations were made by the previous owner.

Parts of Worksop are within a conservation area governed by the Bassetlaw local planning authority (LPA). Your conveyancing solicitor will address whether your planned purchase is located one of Worksop's conservation areas.

Conveyancing - Selling a property in Worksop

The conveyancing process on a property sale is much simpler than when purchasing. The purchaser has to carry out a detailed legal assessment into the property and its legal title, whereas conveyancing solicitors in Worksop acting for the seller effectively just gathers together any pertinent information and responds to enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor .

What proactive measures can you take to minimise the risk of your sale falling through?

Issues, such as not being registered at the Land Registry, can jeopardise your move if not handled appropriately.

It is almost always a good idea for sellers to tackle any such problems head on.

Further reading:

For more conveyancing advice for sellers click here.

Leasehold conveyancing for a sale

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is much more complex than for a freehold house.

Worksop conveyancing solicitors will also need to carry out additional work, for example sourcing the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to the minutes of the last AGM (if there is a management company).

It is strongly advised that you instruct a property lawyer as soon as possible to reduce delays associated with leasehold property and, in particular, dealing with managing agents.

What if your conveyancing solicitors are acting for the other side?

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules prevent a single conveyancing solicitor from acting on both sides in a house sale and purchase. However, a conveyancer who is regulated by the CLC, can act for both parties.

If you are buying or selling a Worksop property, and one of our conveyancing solicitors is doing the legal work for the other side, you may wish to contact a law firm in Worksop to carry out your legal work.

Local Worksop conveyancing solicitor directory

  • Foys Solicitors, 102 Bridge Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 1HZ
  • Ilett & Clark Solicitors Limited, 86 Bridge Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 1JA
  • Turner Atkinson & Ward, 39 Potter Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2AE
  • Foys Solicitors, 120 Bridge Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 1HU
  • Wilko Retail Limited, Jk House, Roebuck Way, Manton Wood, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3EG

Conveyancing - Remortgaging a property in Worksop

Saving money on a better rate of interest is the main reason that people opt to remortgage. There are other reasons, such as releasing funds to help pay for home improvements, or switching from interest-only to repayment.

You can enjoy the benefits of a better rate earlier with a more proactive conveyancing solicitor in Worksop, working to shorten the processing time of the legal work. With the Bank of England base rate now at 0.5% (May 2018), fast conveyancing can be a contributing factor to securing the rate you want.

The property lawyer handling the remortgage should also be able to act for the new mortgage lender. Quittance Conveyancing are on all major UK lenders' panels, so no matter whether you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a discounted-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, Quittance 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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