Find out more about conveyancing in Birmingham

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Birmingham, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in Birmingham, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in Birmingham: A mover's guide

Birmingham is the UK's second-largest city with a population of around 1.1 million.

With a history of industry and innovation, today the city is at the heart of the UK's latest industrial revolution, as the testbed for 5G mobile network, the key location in the high-speed rail network (HS2).

Birmingham is also the location for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and is a major cultural hub featuring everything from classical music to rock, theatre and food.

Contemplating a move and need help with conveyancing in Birmingham? Read on.

What is involved in conveyancing in Birmingham?

Conveyancing is simply the term the legal world uses to describe the paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property, to remortgage and to complete a transfer of equity from a property. Once instructed, your Birmingham conveyancing solicitor begins the work required to complete the transaction, including requesting searches, negotiating on price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on completion day. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified and experienced professionals for all conveyancing requirements in Birmingham. You can find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Birmingham?

Getting a quote for conveyancing in Birmingham is simple and can be done in a matter of minutes. Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for all conveyancing services. All you need to do is give us a few details about yourself and the property involved. You can also request a callback from our team or call to chat through your requirements.

How much does conveyancing in Birmingham cost?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the cost of conveyancing in Birmingham. The final price you pay for conveyancing services will depend on several factors, including the value of the property involved. Your Birmingham conveyancing transaction will include a number of fees and charges, including solicitors' fees, Land Registry charges, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax***. You will also have to pay for searches and any fees involved in bank transfers. You can find out about all the costs involved in conveyancing in Birmingham in our comprehensive guide to average conveyancing fees.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

What are average house prices like in Birmingham?

The most recent figures from the Land Registry reveal that Birmingham's average house price in 2020 is £187,072. Detached homes have an average sale price of £354,249 with a semi going for £201,906. Terraced properties sell for £167,990 with flats and maisonettes fetching an average £134,560.

What will I pay in council tax in Birmingham?

Birmingham City Council is the local authority and sets council tax rates for the city. Each property is allocated into one of eight bands. You can find out which band your property is in on the government website.

The bands for 2020-21 are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,106.87
Band B£1,291.35
Band C£1,475.82
Band D£1,660.31
Band E£2,029.26
Band F£2,398.21
Band G£2,767.18
Band H£3,320.61

Are broadband speeds good in Birmingham?

Comparison sites consider Birmingham one of the best spots outside of London for broadband. In recent years, Birmingham has become the go-to city for digital businesses, thanks in part to Digital Birmingham. This offshoot of Birmingham City Council helped deliver an ultra-fast fibre broadband project across the city.

How do schools rate in Birmingham?

Within the city of Birmingham, you'll find 363 primary schools and 161 secondary schools, along with 110 sixth form and further education colleges. Check the ratings of your preferred school on the Ofsted website.

Birmingham is also home to six universities, bringing a large student population to the city. These are the University of Birmingham, Aston University, Birmingham City University, Newman University, University College Birmingham and the University of Law.

Will I need a chancel liability search when I move in Birmingham?

Chancel repairs are a historic liability going back to the time of Henry VIII. Our detailed guide explains exactly what's involved. The owner of land or property within a historic Church of England parish may be liable for repairs to the church's chancel or altar. Your Birmingham conveyancing solicitor will order a chancel liability search, which will reveal if this is relevant to your purchase. If so, you can protect your purchase and any future liability for repairs by purchasing indemnity insurance.

I'm buying in a conservation area in Birmingham - what does this mean?

A conservation area is one that has been designated as having a special architectural or historic quality. Any property within a conservation area is governed by strict rules on repairs and modernisation, for example. Currently Birmingham has 29 conservation areas within the city boundaries, including Bournville Village, Edgbaston and the Jewellery Quarter. Your Birmingham conveyancing solicitor will commission local authority searches, including any on planning consent or permission. This will reveal if any alterations have been carried out to the property and if those were done with consent. If not - for example, replacement windows or doors that don't mean the criteria - your solicitor will advise you on your options, including indemnity insurance or retrospective planning approval.

I'm worried about contaminated land in Birmingham - how will this be identified?

Birmingham City Council keeps a register of contaminated land within the city, which can include former industrial sites such as factories, steelworks, landfill and mines. Substances buried on the land may be a threat to humans or wildlife or cause pollution. In Birmingham, for example, the former brick works at Erdington has been at the centre of a planning dispute with developers keen to build on what was latterly a landfill site. Your Birmingham conveyancing solicitor will commission an environmental search that will identify any possible contaminated land around the property you intend to buy.

I want to buy a property at auction in Birmingham - can you help?

Yes, we can definitely help anyone buying a property at residential or commercial auction. Our carefully vetted panel of law firms includes many who have vast experience in dealing with auction conveyancing transactions, including purchases from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. When buying at auction, you should ideally instruct a Birmingham conveyancing solicitor beforehand. This gives your lawyer time to investigate the lot's legal pack before the auction, then process the purchase transaction within the 28-day deadline after your bid has been accepted.

Did you know?

Birmingham ranked No.18 on Compare the Market's 2019 Homeowners' Index that ranks cities on the cost of living there.

A 2018 report revealed that Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe, with 40 percent of its population aged 25 and under.

Birmingham has more than 35 miles of canals, making its canal network bigger than Venice's.

At Homeward Legal, we pride ourselves on making all conveyancing in Birmingham as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Whatever type of conveyancing you need - buying or selling property, remortgaging or a transfer of equity - we tailor our services to meet your exact requirements. You can get an instant online quote now or simply call to talk to our team. We're open seven days so why not arrange a callback for a time that's most convenient to you?

Areas within this city include:

Acocks-Green, Aston, Barnt-Green, Bartley-Green, Belbroughton, Bournville, Browns-Green, Castle-Bromwich, Castle-Vale, Chelmsley-Wood, Cradley-Heath, Dickens-Heath, Dorridge, Drakes-Cross, Edgbaston, Erdington, Four-Oaks, Great-Barr, Halesowen, Hall-Green, Handsworth, Harborne, Hockley-Heath, Hollywood, Kings-Heath, Kings-Norton, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Little-Bromwich, Lozells, Moseley, Nechells, Northfield, Perry-Barr, Quinton, Rednal, Rowley-Regis, Selly-Oak, Shard-End, Sheldon, Small-Heath, Smethwick, Sparkhill, Stechford, Streetly, Tipton, Walmley, Walsall, Washwood-Heath, Yardley