Conveyancing Solicitors in Lewes

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Conveyancing in Lewes

Conveyancing is the legal process involved when ownership of a property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Lewes, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have years of experience helping homemovers in Lewes and throughout East Sussex handle their sale, purchase, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Crawley, Eastbourne, Hove and Worthing

Lewes Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Lewes

A town in East Sussex, Lewes is known for its Lewes Castle, Harvey's Brewery, and the nearby South Downs. Lewes has a railway station, providing links to Brighton and Eastbourne. Lewes has a population of approximately 17,000.

Lewes house prices

The average price paid for a property in Lewes between March and April 2024 was £377,561 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Lewes (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,592.11
B £1,857.46
C £2,122.82
D £2,388.17
E £2,918.87
F £3,449.58
G £3,980.28
H £4,776.34

What does a Lewes conveyancing solicitor do?

A solicitor plays a key role after an offer has been accepted.

They will order searches, raise enquires of the seller, review contracts, and take care of tasks after the sale, such as registering the property ownership with the Land Registry and paying Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Lewes conveyancing solicitors could also undertake flood risk checks and conservation area restrictions.

Are you buying a property with a mortgage?

When buying a home with a mortgage, it is normal for your solicitor to also act for the bank or building society that's giving you the mortgage.

Your transaction could take weeks longer if your conveyancer is not on your bank or building society's panel.

Over 100 banks and specialist lenders have approved our chosen panel lawyers, so we can help you complete your Lewes transaction smoothly.

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We have also helped home buyers in Lewes with the legal work for:

Listed buildings

There exist around 500,000 listed buildings across the country, 1,400 of which are in Lewes District Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and near to Lewes include:

  • Chyngton House, Chyngton Lane, Seaford, Lewes, East Sussex
  • Outbuilding Immediately West To Dovecote At Chyngton House, Chyngton Lane, Seaford, Lewes, East Sussex
  • The Old Town Hall, South Street, Seaford, Lewes, East Sussex
  • 44 46 48 And 50 High Street, Seaford, Lewes, East Sussex
  • Bishopstone Railway Station, Station Road, Seaford, Bishopstone, Lewes, East Sussex

Buying and owning a listed building can be a lot more complicated. Our expert solicitor panel will help you understand what commitments you are making as a listed building owner. Examples include use of traditional methods and materials for maintenance, and consent for any alterations that might change the character of the property.

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Selling a house or flat in Lewes

When you begin the process to sell homes in Lewes, your lawyer will first compile key documents, including the contract of sale and ID forms, and help you complete these forms.

The role of a conveyancer acting for the seller includes sorting out potential snags, responding to enquiries from the buyer's solicitor and taking charge of the mortgage redemption.

The solicitor will work with both sides, including estate agents and banks or building societies, to make sure your sale completes without delay.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time required by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer, because the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord.

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Remortgaging

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

Make sure you verify your conveyancing solicitor's lender panel membership before you instruct.

Our remortgage panel solicitors are on the legal panels of over 100 lenders, so whether you are changing to a 2-year fixed rate with Metro Bank or moving to a home reversion mortgage with Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, our panel solicitors can guide you through the remortgage process.

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Transferring Equity

Whether you are transferring the ownership of your home to your daughter, son or other family member, inheritance tax planning or adding one or more people to the deeds, you'll need a transfer of equity solicitor or licensed conveyancer. Your conveyancer will deal with the legal work for a low, fixed fee.

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How much are conveyancing fees in Lewes?

Getting a conveyancing quote online takes moments - but understanding what is and isn't included in the quote can be challenging.

Solicitors' fees

These fees are what your conveyancer charges you for the work they carry out. The quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes.

Disbursements

The quote will include necessary third-party costs, called disbursements, including Stamp Duty, property searches and a managing agent information pack.

Check the quote for hidden costs

Beware of hidden fees or extra charges, if you are comparing conveyancing quotes. Some firms may include additional charges in the small print, leading to a higher final bill.

Article by Completely Moved authors

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

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