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Founded by the Romans in 71AD, the medieval walled city of York is also the county town of Yorkshire. It has a wealth of attractions, including the iconic York Minster.

York's prosperity grew with the advent of railways and direct links to Edinburgh and London, and it was also an important centre for chocolate manufacturing. More recently the creation of a science park near to York University has attracted new technology companies and jobs, and the development of an enterprise zone close to the railway station will increase job prospects further.

Highly sought-after properties in the centre of York are expensive, but districts such as Acomb, Clementhorpe and Haxby offer more affordable homes within easy distance from the centre.

York conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in City of York Council?

York is situated in City of York Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band City of York Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1067.52
B £1245.44
C £1423.36
D £1601.28
E £1957.12
F £2312.96
G £2668.80
H £3202.56

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are York conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in York offer services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your detailed quote will set out what the legal fees will be when your sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your 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 York?

Property searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by York 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 York - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential problems lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and short leases.

Your conveyancing solicitor 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?

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's solicitor must review this leasehold-related paperwork, such as three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time it takes to source this information is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor should get this underway before a buyer has even been found, as this information can take a long time to gather if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact.

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

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good York 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 Barclays Bank or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Furness Building Society, Quittance can help.

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