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If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Brighton, 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 Brighton, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Our solicitors carry out all the conveyancing work for your house move for a fixed fee.

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You will not be charged any solicitors fees, if for any reason your transaction does not complete.

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With local experience, our solicitors will lead you through the whole of your sale or purchase.

Conveyancing in Brighton: A mover's guide

Often dubbed London-by-Sea, Brighton is one of the most popular places to live in the UK, thanks to its beaches, vibrant cultural and arts scene and its reputation as a gay-friendly city.

Small enough to get around on foot, Brighton also has a wide variety of property to choose from, including Georgian apartments, Victorian terraces and new builds. Its popularity means Brighton property prices are often as high as those in London, but that's unlikely to deter those keen to sample its laidback charms.

Want to know more about conveyancing in Brighton? We've got all your questions covered.

What is involved in conveyancing in Brighton?

Conveyancing is simply the process of buying and selling property. All the paperwork and legal formalities needed for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity come under the term conveyancing. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Brighton, they will request searches on the property for buyers, negotiate the price with the other party's solicitor, exchange contracts and transfer the funds.

Our Brighton conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals, and their job is to do all the legal legwork so that you don't have to worry.

Find out more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Brighton?

Our online quote builder gives you a quote in minutes for conveyancing in Brighton. All we need are some details about you and the property involved. Our team are also available on seven days a week. You can request a callback for a time that suits you.


How much does conveyancing in Brighton cost?

Each conveyancing transaction is unique, meaning the total cost will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property. A Brighton conveyancing transaction will include several charges, including solicitor and Land Registry fees, costs for a surveyor and Stamp Duty Land Tax**. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs in Brighton, check out our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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

How much does the average property cost in Brighton?

According to the most recent 2020 sold house price data from the Land Registry, the average price of a property in Brighton is £368,931. Detached homes sell for an average £685,708 and semi-detached for £447,706. Expect to pay an average £401,230 for a terraced property, while maisonettes and flats sell for an average £297,800.


What will my council tax add up to in Brighton?

Brighton & Hove City Council sets the council tax rates for the city. Which band your property falls into depends on its valuation. Check your band here.

For 2020-21, council tax rates in Brighton & Hove are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A

£1,303.03

Band B£1,520.21
Band C£1,737.38
Band D£1,954.55
Band E£2,388.89
Band F£2,823.24
Band G£3,257.58
Band H£3,909.10

Are broadband speeds good in Brighton?

A £1.6 million digital upgrade is on its way to the centre of Brighton, bringing with the next generation of mobile and wireless technology. The Brighton Research and Innovation Fibre Ring will include a three-mile ring of fibre-optic cables, part-funded by the city council, the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and private businesses.

With two universities in the city centre, along with a diverse business base and residential properties, broadband is crucial to the city's success. Put your postcode into a broadband comparison site to find out the available local speeds.


How do schools rate in Brighton?

Brighton has 68 primary schools, 27 secondary and 16 sixth-form and further education colleges. Of those schools, nine are currently rated outstanding by Ofsted. You can check the rating of your local school on the government school performance comparison website.

There are two universities in Brighton: Brighton University and the University of Sussex.


Is contaminated land a problem when buying property in Brighton?

Former industrial sites, such as factories and quarries, landfill and brickworks, can often leave pollution and contamination behind, which must be removed before the land can be used again. By law, Brighton & Hove City Council must keep a register of any contaminated land that has been identified. To ensure your property purchase is not affected by contaminated land, your Brighton conveyancing solicitor will ask for an environmental search from the city council.


What is chancel repair liability and is it necessary when buying in Brighton?

Chancel repair liability is a charge that is often misunderstood. You can find out exactly what is involved in this historic liability in our informative guide. Chancel repair liability only affects land and property within certain Church of England parishes across England and Wales. To ensure you are fully informed of any potential future costs, your conveyancing solicitor in Brighton will commission a chancel liability search on the property you're buying.


Does Brighton have conservation areas that might affect a property buy?

Conservation areas are those considered to be of special architectural or historic interest that should be preserved or enhanced. These areas have much stricter planning controls to ensure the character and appearance of the area is protected. Brighton and Hove currently has 34 conservation areas, including Kemp Town, Regency Square and Patcham. To ensure any property you're buying in a conservation hasn't fallen foul of any planning rules, your Brighton conveyancing solicitor will ask for a local authority search.


Can you help with a conveyancing solicitor for a property auction buy in Brighton?

We can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in Brighton. Read more about the best way to proceed in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property. The first piece of advice we offer is to instruct a Brighton conveyancing solicitor BEFORE you make a bid, giving your legal team time to do all the necessary paperwork within the auction deadline. We work with a highly vetted, nationwide panel of property law firms. All are experienced in completing auction purchases from the likes of Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.


Did you know?

Brighton and Hove only became a single local authority in 1997 and a city in 2001. For locals, the two are still considered distinct from each other.

The i360, located on Hove Lawns, is the UK's tallest viewing platform and cost £42.6 million to build. A ride to the top and back takes around 25 minutes and, on a clear day, offers views as far as Bognor Regis.

We are here to make your Brighton conveyancing journey hitch-free and cost-effective. Get an instant online quote now or talk directly to Homeward Legal's friendly team on about a property purchase or sale, remortgaging a current home or a transfer of equity. We're open seven days with late nights Monday to Friday and will call you back at a time that suits.