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Conveyancing in Essex Q & A's

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Updated: 21/10/16

Are you thinking of buying or selling a home in the county of Essex?

For many people, Essex represents tranquil villages full of character and with easy commuting options for London. For affluent city workers the mansions of Epping are the only choice. Some even settle on Essex's coastline which includes Frinton, Clacton and the lively Southend on Sea.

Transport wise the county is very well served with numerous commuter trains running to London as well as Southend, London City, Clacton and Stansted Airports all on the doorstep.

Whatever you are looking for, Essex offers huge diversity and, partly due to mis-applied stigma, remains an undiscovered county with great value property stock.


How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Essex?


Many online and high street firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional charges are frequently hidden in the terms that unknowing property buyers and sellers have not reviewed The conveyancing quote should, in addition, define any disbursements to be paid.


What will the council tax cost for a new build Band F apartment in Maldon?


The respective council tax band should commonly be highlighted as part of the conveyancing report on title along with the governing local authority

Up-to-date charges for Essex are detailed online at the Maldon local authority website. At the time of writing on 13 March 2013 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,002.00
  • Band B - £1,168.00
  • Band C - £1,335.00
  • Band D - £1,502.00
  • Band E - £1,836.00
  • Band F - £2,170.00
  • Band G - £2,504.00
  • Band H - £3,005.00


Myself and my partner are planning to buy in Essex and would like to live in a conservation area. Are there any?


Areas considered to be of historic or architectural significance, like 19th century suburbs, may be registered as conservation areas. St Osyth, Thorpe and Corringham are among the conservation areas in Essex.

There are pros and cons of living in a conservation area and your solicitor will advise further and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.


How can I avoid being gazumped?


Gazumping describes when an offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the property seller, opting instead for a better offer. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. Instructing a fast, efficient solicitor early should help to mitigate this risk.


I have requested a quote from you. Are there any hidden fees?


No. Our solicitors never charge any hidden fees. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.


We are purchasing a residence in Alresford. Should we get a chancel search?


The conveyancing lawyer will almost certainly recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish where the building being bought is found. Chancel repair has the potential to be charged on owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.


Would you recommend taking precautions to avoid paying for stamp duty on our purchase?


SDLT must be paid for purchases over £125,000. Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended. These schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty tax may be payable, along with interest and penalties. There have been several official schemes, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers.


Doing your own conveyancing without the aid of a Essex lawyer appears to be becoming possible as a buyer and seller of a home , however would it actually be risky ?


In theory there are no arguments at all why a home mover should not do the legal and technical work on your own.

However, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a large number of tasks such as chasing completion statements and applying for searches some of which need a qualified professional. Nonetheless solicitors are required to obtain relevant professional indemnity insurance that ultimately protects you from any professional failures on the part of the solicitor.