Conveyancing Solicitors in Leatherhead

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Conveyancing in Leatherhead

Conveyancing involves the legal work and documentation required to transfer a property from the seller to the buyer. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Leatherhead, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped Leatherhead and Mole Valley 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.

Other areas covered: Ashtead, Dorking and Epsom

Leatherhead Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Leatherhead

A town in Surrey, Leatherhead is known for its Leatherhead Theatre, Swan Shopping Centre, and the nearby Surrey Hills. Leatherhead has a railway station, providing links to London and Guildford. Leatherhead has a population of approximately 12,000.

Leatherhead house prices

The average price paid for a property in Leatherhead between March and April 2024 was £281,373 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Leatherhead (2023/24)

Leatherhead is in Mole Valley Council.

Band Amount
A £1,462.91
B £1,706.73
C £1,950.55
D £2,194.37
E £2,682.01
F £3,169.64
G £3,657.28
H £4,388.74

What will my solicitor do?

The conveyancing solicitor handles all of the post-offer aspects of buying property. They will order property searches, raise questions for the seller's solicitor, review the lease (if applicable) and take care of tasks after the sale, like paying SDLT and registering the property ownership with the Land Registry.

Leatherhead conveyancing solicitors could also undertake checks for issues affecting high-value listed buildings and properties within green belt areas.

Buying a home with a mortgage?

Whether you are buying a shared-ownership property or purchasing a second home, your solicitor must also complete legal work for your bank or building society. If your property lawyer isn't accepted on your bank's panel, it may take weeks longer to purchase your property.

Our chosen partner solicitors have established relationships with the majority of building societies, banks and lenders, including major banks like HSBC, to smaller lenders like Leeds Building Society and AIB - ensuring your transaction will complete without delay.

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Conservation areas

When you purchase a flat or house in a Leatherhead conservation area, your lawyer will need to check for planning approval issues, including obligations towards property maintenance, and lack of conservation area consent for alterations. Conservation areas in Leatherhead and across the Mole Valley local authority include Brockham, Newdigate, Conservation_Area.Tab and Conservation_Area.Tab.

Buying a listed building

There are over half a million listed buildings in England and Wales, 1,045 of which are in Mole Valley Council.

Leatherhead listed buildings include:

  • City Of London Corporation Coal Duty Boundary Marker At Tq 181609 Ashtead, Non Civil Parish, Leatherhead, Epsom And Ewell, Surrey
  • The Manor House School, Manor House Lane, Leatherhead, Mole Valley, Surrey
  • Half Moon Cottage, 2 Little Bookham Street, Leatherhead, Mole Valley, Surrey
  • Bridge Over Railway Approximately 200 Metres West Of Bookham Railway Station, Church Road, Leatherhead, Mole Valley, Surrey
  • Post Cottage, 9 Little Bookham Street, Leatherhead, Mole Valley, Surrey

There are many additional things to consider when buying a listed building. Examples of the obligations placed upon listed building owners include regular upkeep, consent for additions like satellite dishes or external lighting and . Our experienced panel of solicitors will offer guidance on the additional legal obligations your planned listed building purchase will entail.

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New Build Conveyancing

The conveyancing process for buying a new build in Leatherhead is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancing solicitor in Leatherhead must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, ensuring new estate roads are adopted and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Build Assure.

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Buying a leasehold property

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. Purchasing leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold property as there is more to prepare and more technical complexity exists.

Examples of delays might include anything from missing leasehold documents to absent freeholders.

Specialist leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

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Selling a property in Leatherhead

When you begin the process to sell a property in Leatherhead, your solicitor will first assemble all essential documents, including assorted property information forms and the sale contract.

Responsibilities include dealing with complications like a missing EIC, answering the buyer's solicitor's questions and taking charge of the mortgage redemption.

The solicitor will also work with both sides, like estate agents, landlords and lenders, to confirm that the home move completes without delay.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

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

The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, like management company information and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time it takes the solicitor to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

The solicitor should start this process even before a sale has been agreed, as this information can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent.

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Remortgaging

The base interest rate is 5.25% (15 July, 2024)

Before appointing a solicitor, your solicitor must be able to act for your bank or building society.

Our remortgage panel solicitors can work on behalf of almost all building societies and banks, so whether you are switching to an equity release mortgage from Yorkshire Building Society or moving to a lifetime mortgage with Allied Irish Bank, we can help you.

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Transfer of equity

Whether you are dealing with inheritance tax planning, transferring the ownership of your property to a child or buying out a joint owner, you'll need the help of a solicitor to handle the transfer of equity.

Your solicitor will complete all the necessary paperwork for a low, fixed fee.

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Conveyancing costs in Leatherhead: What to expect

When you are comparing quotes, it isn't always easy to be certain you are comparing like to like.

Conveyancing fees

These fees are paid to your solicitor or conveyancer for the legal services they provide for you. The conveyancing quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes.

Disbursements

Your conveyancing quote should also itemise required third-party costs, or disbursements, including Stamp Duty, property searches and a mining search.

Check what's included in your quote

Some solicitors' quotes list extra charges in the small print. This can lead to an inflated final bill. Watch out for additional charges, if you are comparing quotes.

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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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