Conveyancing Solicitors in Milton Keynes

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Conveyancing in Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire 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: Bedford, Newport Pagnell, Northampton, Olney, Oxford and Wycombe

Milton Keynes Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Milton Keynes

Formally designated as a new town on 23 January 1967, Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire lies about 45 miles north-west of London. Planted with over 22 million trees and shrubs (around 100 for every resident) 40% of the city is green space, and was dubbed 'capital of shrubs' by the Guardian newspaper.

Above-average economic growth means Milton Keynes is ranked as one of the most attractive places for business outside London, with an increase of 18.2% in the number of jobs in a 10-year period.

Attracted by good career prospects, the population of Milton Keynes is significantly younger and more culturally diverse than the national average, making this a lively, interesting place to live.

Milton Keynes house prices

The average price paid for a property in Milton Keynes between March and April 2024 was £309,541 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Milton Keynes (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,364.08
B £1,591.43
C £1,818.77
D £2,046.12
E £2,500.81
F £2,955.51
G £3,410.20
H £4,092.24

What will my solicitor do?

A conveyancer or solicitor steers the buyer through the legal aspects of the transaction. Your lawyer will order searches, raise questions for the seller's solicitor, review the contract of sale and take care of tasks after the sale, such as registering the property ownership with the Land Registry and paying Stamp Duty.

Milton Keynes conveyancing solicitors may also carry out checks related to listed buildings and properties in conservation areas or green belt land.

Buying a home with a mortgage?

When you buy a house, your solicitor also needs to carry out some legal work for your mortgage bank.

Your transaction could take significantly longer to complete and also cost more if your conveyancing solicitor is not on your lender's panel.

More than 100 mortgage lenders have approved our chosen partner solicitors. We can help you complete your Milton Keynes transaction without delay.

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Buying a flat or house in a conservation area

When you purchase a flat or house in a conservation area, your conveyancer will need to check for potential planning issues, which could include lapsed approvals or whether extensions are compliant.

Conservation areas in Milton Keynes and across the Buckinghamshire local authority include Stewkley, Horsenden, Chetwode and Bradenham.

Listed buildings

There exist around 500,000 listed buildings across the country - around 1,170 of which are in Milton Keynes Council.

Listed buildings in and around Milton Keynes include:

  • 9 And 11 Dag Lane, Stoke Goldington, Milton Keynes
  • Rustic Bridge, Weston Underwood, Weston Park, Milton Keynes
  • Blue Bridge, Millers Way, Wolverton And Greenleys, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
  • Former Railway Works Building, Stratford Road, Wolverton And Greenleys, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
  • Railway Bridge (171C) Grand Union Canal, Wolverton And Greenleys, Wolverton, Milton Keynes

Listed properties can be a joy to own, but they come with their share of complexities. Examples of the duties faced by listed property owners include a duty to maintain the exterior appearance, and consent for additions like solar panels. Our specialist panel of property solicitors will offer guidance on the obligations imposed by listed property ownership.

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Shared Ownership

Buying a shared ownership property refers to buying a share in a house or flat (usually 25% to 75%) from a social housing provider. Buying a shared ownership property is more complex than a straightforward purchase, because all shared ownership properties are leasehold.

If you need conveyancing to purchase a shared ownership property, or for staircasing, our panel solicitors will work with you to complete the process.

New Build

The legal work for acquiring a new build in Milton Keynes is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A property lawyer in Milton Keynes must be able to deal with things like investigating developer incentives, handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and any other issues raised by your lender.

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Buying a leasehold property

Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like unreasonable managing agent fees and freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders.

An experienced leasehold conveyancer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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Selling property in Milton Keynes

When selling a house or flat in Milton Keynes, your lawyer will arrange all the necessary documentation, including assorted property information forms and title deeds. The duties of a seller's solicitor includes answering enquiries from the buyer's solicitor, resolving any potential issues and redeeming the mortgage.

By taking steps to work with all parties, including agents, lenders and landlords, your lawyer will ensure the property sale completes quickly.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat usually takes longer.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will want to see several leasehold-related documents. These could include a current statement of service charges and management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time it takes your lawyer to source this information.

It could take several weeks to collect these details if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond, so the seller's solicitor ought to start this process even before a sale has been agreed.

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Remortgaging a property in Milton Keynes

The current Bank of England base rate is 5.25% (15 July, 2024)

Double check your conveyancer's lender panel membership before you instruct your solicitor.

We work with solicitors who are members of all major lenders' panels. Whether you are switching to a 5-year fixed rate from Leeds Building Society or taking out a shared ownership mortgage from Aldermore Bank, we can help.

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Transfer of equity

Whether you are gifting a home, buying out a co-owner or estate planning, you will need to work with a transfer of equity specialist.

Your legal representative will deal with the legal work for a fixed fee.

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Conveyancing costs in Milton Keynes: What to expect

You can get a conveyancing quote in minutes, but making sense of what you actually be paying can be a challenge.

Solicitors' fees

Your conveyancing solicitor's quote should clearly detail the legal fees, including VAT, to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes. These fees are what your lawyer charges you for the legal services they provide for you.

Disbursements

Disbursements are fees that your lawyer will have to pay on your behalf for third-party services. Third-party disbursements include Stamp Duty and Land Registry fees.

Read the terms and conditions

Some firms list extra charges in the small print. This can lead to a higher final bill. Double-check for additional fees or charges, when you compare conveyancing quotes.

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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