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Conveyancing in Darlington

Conveyancing is the legal process a solicitor follows to ensures the proper transfer of property from one owner to another. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Darlington, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped Darlington and County Durham clients with buying, selling, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Darlington Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Darlington

A large market town in County Durham, Darlington is known for its railway heritage and the Darlington Hippodrome. Popular residential areas include West Park and Blackwell. Darlington has a mainline railway station. Darlington has a population of approximately 92,000.

Darlington house prices

The average price paid for a property in Darlington between March and April 2024 was £163,980 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Darlington (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,435.31
B £1,674.52
C £1,913.74
D £2,152.96
E £2,631.40
F £3,109.83
G £3,588.27
H £4,305.92

What does a conveyancing solicitor do?

A conveyancer guides you through the legal side of a home purchase.

Your lawyer will order searches, raise questions for the seller's solicitor, review the lease (if applicable) and fulfil post-completion formalities, such as paying Stamp Duty.

Darlington conveyancing solicitors could also undertake coal mining searches due to the history of the Durham coalfield.

Will you be taking out a mortgage?

During the conveyancing process, your solicitor must also complete the legal work on behalf of your mortgage bank.

If your conveyancer isn't accepted on your lender's panel, it could take weeks longer to complete your purchase.

More than 100 building societies, banks and lenders have approved our chosen panel solicitors. We can help you complete your Darlington transaction without delay.

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We can also help Darlington home movers with the conveyancing for:

Conservation areas

When you purchase a house or flat in a Darlington conservation area, your conveyancing solicitor will need to check for restrictions on how you can use the house or flat, which could include restrictions on property usage or heritage access. Conservation areas in Darlington and across the County Durham local authority include:

  • Durham City
  • Muggleswick
  • Esh
  • Wearhead
  • Hilton

Buying a listed building

Approximately 500,000 listed properties exist in England and Wales - around 560 of which are in Darlington Borough Council.

Listed buildings in and near to Darlington include:

  • 25 Post House Wynd, Darlington, Darlington
  • 44 Bondgate, Darlington, Darlington
  • Northgate United Reformed Church, Northgate, Darlington, Darlington
  • Forecourt Railings And Gate Piers To Northgate United Reformed Church, Northgate, Darlington, Darlington
  • Memorial Hall At Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, Darlington

Buying and owning a listed building can be a lot more complicated. Our experienced panel of solicitors will help you understand what duties your ownership will impose. Examples include regular upkeep, required consent for any alterations and a restriction on installing double glazing or modern door designs.

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New Build

The legal work for buying a new build in Darlington can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancer in Darlington must be able to deal with things like checking new build mortgage procedures are followed, confirming right of way over drains and sewers and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Checkmate.

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Selling a property in Darlington

When selling homes in Darlington, your conveyancing solicitor will compile key documents, including the various property information forms and title deeds.

The conveyancer's role involves resolving any potential issues and responding to the buyer's solicitor's questions.

To ensure the transaction is straightforward, your solicitor will coordinate with all parties, such as agents, managing agents and lenders.

Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Yes, that's correct, it can take considerably longer to carry out the conveyancing on a leasehold house or flat when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see these documents, such as three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time needed by your solicitor to get these documents together is usually the cause of these delays.

Your conveyancing solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity, because this information could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord or they are slow to respond.

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Remortgaging

Latest Bank of England base rate now at 5.25% (16 July, 2024)

Before you instruct, you will need to check that your remortgage solicitor can act for your chosen mortgage lender.

We work with solicitors who are on the solicitor panels of over 100 building societies and banks. Whether you are changing to a 2-year fixed rate with Yorkshire Building Society or moving to a buy to let mortgage with Barnsley Building Society, we can help take care of the legal side.

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Transfer of equity

If you aim to restructure the ownership of your property, whether you are estate planning, giving a property to a family member or adding a new partner to your property's title, you'll need to carry out a transfer of equity.

Your property lawyer will complete the legal work for a low, fixed fee.

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How much does conveyancing cost in Darlington?

It only takes a minute to get an online conveyancing quote, but knowing what's actually included can be complex.

Conveyancing solicitors fees

The conveyancing quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, that you'll pay when your transaction completes. Conveyancing fees are paid to your conveyancing solicitor for the work they complete during your property transaction.

Disbursements

Disbursements are additional costs on top of your conveyancing solicitor's fees for third-party costs incurred on your behalf. Third-party disbursements include Stamp Duty, property searches and a leasehold information pack.

Check what's included in your conveyancing quote

Some firms may include additional charges in the small print, resulting in a total cost that's much higher than the initial quote. If you are comparing conveyancing quotes, beware of hidden charges not mentioned in the initial conveyancing quote.

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The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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