Conveyancing Solicitors in Stoke On Trent

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Conveyancing in Stoke On Trent

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of property from one person to another, including the preparation and execution of the legal documents, and the registration of the new ownership. If you're looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Stoke On Trent, you're in the right place. Get a fast & proactive solicitor from a nationwide panel of conveyancing experts.

We have helped clients in Stoke On Trent and throughout Stoke-on-Trent 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: Congleton, Leek, Newcastle Under Lyme and Wolverhampton

Stoke On Trent Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Stoke On Trent

Famous for its industrial scale potteries, the city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire was created from a federation of 6 towns in 1910 - Burslem, Hanley, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton and Stoke.

While Stoke is still home to famous brands such as Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, there are around 9,000 other businesses thriving in the city. An independent review in 2016 found Stoke-on-Trent to be among the best cities in the UK to start a business, based on a number of factors including commercial property, energy, virtual offices and transport links.

The area is close to the Staffordshire moorlands and Peak District National Park, and average house prices are 25% below the national average, making it attractive to first-time buyers.

Stoke On Trent house prices

The average price paid for a property in Stoke On Trent between March and April 2024 was £142,934 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Stoke On Trent (2023/24)

Stoke On Trent is in Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

What do conveyancing solicitors do?

A property lawyer plays an essential role during a property purchase, and assists you with the legal aspect of buying a home. Your lawyer will perform required due diligence, such as raising questions about how the seller has used the property, ordering property searches and ensuring necessary funds are correctly transferred.

Stoke On Trent conveyancing solicitors would also undertake coal mining searches, due to the area's mining history.

Are you purchasing a home with a mortgage?

If you are getting a mortgage, your solicitor will also need to act for your mortgage lender.

If your conveyancer is not on your mortgage provider's panel, your purchase could take weeks longer to complete.

Over 100 banks and building societies have approved our chosen panel solicitors, so we can help you complete your Stoke On Trent transaction without delay.

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Buying a house or flat in a conservation area

When you purchase a house or flat in a Stoke On Trent conservation area, your property lawyer will need to check for planning approval issues, which could include lack of building regulations for alterations or maintenance obligations.

Conservation areas in Stoke On Trent and the Stoke-on-Trent local authority include Victoria Place, Tower Square, Winton Square and Blurton Church.

Listed buildings

Approximately 500,000 listed buildings exist in England and Wales, and around 220 of which are in Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Stoke On Trent listed buildings include:

  • 15 And 15A, St John's Square, St6 3Aw, Burslem, Stoke On Trent, City Of Stoke-On-Trent
  • Trent And Mersey Canal Milepost North Of Limekiln Bridge Number 105 At Sj 8815 4010 Trent And Mersey Canal, Stoke On Trent, City Of Stoke-On-Trent
  • Trent And Mersey Canal Milepost At Sj 88114472 Trent And Mersey Canal, Stoke On Trent, City Of Stoke-On-Trent
  • Tomb Of Josiah Wedgwood, St Peter's Churchyard Approximately 70 Metres South Of Church, Glebe Street, Stoke On Trent, City Of Stoke-On-Trent
  • Church Of St Matthias, Church Lane, Hanford, Stoke On Trent, City Of Stoke-On-Trent

Buying and owning a listed building can be a lot more complicated. Our specialist panel of solicitors will clarify the legal duties your ownership will impose. Examples include consent for any alterations that might change the character of the property, and an obligation to employ traditional construction techniques .

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New Build

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build in Stoke On Trent is more complicated than buying an existing property.

An experienced solicitor in Stoke On Trent must be able to deal with things like dealing with delays associated with off-plan, ensuring new estate roads are adopted and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and ACHI.

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Selling a house or flat in Stoke On Trent

When selling property in Stoke On Trent, your solicitor will arrange all the necessary documentation, including the draft contract and ID forms, and will help you answer these forms. A seller's solicitor's duties include answering the buyer's solicitor's questions, addressing snags like lack of conservation area consent and redeeming the mortgage.

To ensure a smooth transfer, the solicitor will coordinate with both sides, such as estate agents, landlords and lenders.

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property typically takes longer.

The buyer's conveyancer must review these documents. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and management company information. Delays are usually caused by the time needed by the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork.

It can take weeks to collect these details if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the solicitor should start this process even before a sale has been agreed.

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Remortgaging

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

You should verify the remortgage solicitor you have chosen is approved by your lender before you instruct.

Our partner panel solicitors are on all major banks and building societies' panels, so whether you are changing to a discount mortgage with Nationwide or moving to a variable rate mortgage with Cynergy Bank, we can help.

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Stoke On Trent Transfer of equity

Whether you are gifting a home, tax planning for the future or buying out another part-owner, you will need to work with a solicitor to carry out a transfer of equity.

Your conveyancer will deal with the legal work for a low, fixed fee.

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Conveyancing costs in Stoke On Trent: What to expect

Conveyancing solicitors fees

These fees are paid to your lawyer for the work they carry out during your transaction. The quote should clearly detail the legal fees, including VAT, to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes.

Conveyancing disbursements

Your quote should also list any disbursements, which are costs paid to third parties on your behalf, including Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), HM Land Registry fees and property searches.

Check the quote for hidden costs

Some firms may set out extra costs in their terms and conditions. This can lead to a higher-than-expected final bill. When comparing quotes, make sure you question any charges not set out in your initial quote.

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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