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A transfer of equity occurs when a property owner wishes to change the legal ownership of the property. Reasons include marriage, divorce and tax planning.

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Updated: 26/10/16

Local points of interest in Hilsea

Portchester Castle English Heritage and Fort Brockhurst English Heritage are around Hilsea.

Hilsea is close at within 1m of the M27 junction entry 12 Eastbound.

Hilsea train station is around 1 mile from Hilsea and Bembridge IoW, Sandown Rd Airport is 10 miles from Hilsea. Southampton Airport is 16 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 11 miles and Sandown IoW Airport is 14 miles away.

The nearest hospital is St Marys Portsmouth.


How do we find affordable conveyancing?


The confusion over this point catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many property lawyers promote cheap conveyancing, however additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Excited buyers and sellers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. A quote should also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Any costs which are listed in the solicitor's terms should be clearly defined. They be applicable solely where the conveyancer must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.


How early do I need to get a solicitor in Hilsea?


In simple terms, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better. The legal work can then commence straight away. Early instruction of a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase can mean that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers.


We plan to complete on around 27th August. How is stamp duty tax worked out?


The Stamp Duty that will be due depends on the valuation. On a £556000 house, stamp duty will be £22240 (accurate March 2013).


Will we need a property survey?


The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly recommend that property purchasers arrange a property surveyor to undertake a survey. It is a fact that there are many defects that can affect a property, for example cracked roof tiles or cracks in walls. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.


What would our searches cost?


The cost of searches will vary. Searches are paid to a third party, and will not be included in your solicitor's fees.


What is the council tax on a Sixties detached home in Hilsea?


Conventionally a conveyancer's title report should provide the relevant Portsmouth council tax band.

Correct charges for properties in Hilsea are set out online at the Portsmouth council website. As at, 15 July 2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £905.00
  • Band B - £1,055.00
  • Band C - £1,206.00
  • Band D - £1,357.00
  • Band E - £1,658.00
  • Band F - £1,960.00
  • Band G - £2,261.00
  • Band H - £2,714.00


In relation to the Met Office warn of more intense rain - 15-30% (according to climate change risk in 2012), we are thinking that environmental searches may not be sufficient?


A thorough lawyer in Hilsea should always apply for property environmental searches if the initial search spots a significant risk.

For extra assurance you can get in touch with a next door neighbour.


Which local authority is responsible for Hilsea?


Hilsea is located in Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2BG, phone: 023 9282 2251