Find out more about conveyancing in East Sussex

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

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Conveyancing in East Sussex: A mover's guide

The beautiful South Downs and stunning seaside locations make East Sussex one of the most desirable spots to live in England.

This is a county that genuinely has it all, from rolling hills and dense forests, picturesque country villages and towering cliffs.

Ready to explore the beautiful south? Find out more about conveyancing in East Sussex with our ultimate movers' guide.

What does conveyancing in East Sussex involve?

When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for the paperwork and legal formalities that are part of the process. For example, if you are buying a home in East Sussex, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our East Sussex conveyancing solicitors take care of all the legal work on your behalf. There's more information on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in East Sussex?

Our online quote builder will give you a quote for conveyancing in East Sussex in minutes. Simply choose the transaction you need and enter a few details about you and the property. If you want to talk through the quote, you can arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you. Or call our team direct on . We're open seven days.

How much does conveyancing in East Sussex cost?

Each conveyancing transaction is unique, so the final cost will depend on such factors as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. An East Sussex conveyancing bill for a property purchase will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Check out our guide to average conveyancing fees to gauge the costs involved in conveyancing for an East Sussex sale or purchase.

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 the best home-mover destinations in East Sussex?

Brighton and Hove are historically part of East Sussex, though “London by the Sea” is now a unitary authority apart from the rest of the county. Without a doubt, however, Brighton is one of the jewels in the East Sussex crown, a vibrant and diverse city that wears its flamboyant crown well.

The biggest towns in East Sussex are Tunbridge Wells - also the closest to London - Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes. Between all of these is a collection of delightful locations, including Battle and Rye, St Leonards-on-Sea and Ditchling.

Crowborough is a must for those who want to rub shoulders with A-list celebrities.

How much does an average property cost in East Sussex?

Its popularity and beauty ensures that property prices are high across the whole of East Sussex. For example, the average property in Brighton and Hove will set you back £372,694 in 2020, with Tunbridge Wells property fetching more on average, at £375,188. In the Wealden District Council area, which includes Crowborough, the average sold price is £338,665. Check out the Land Registry data on sold house prices across England where you can find out average property prices for your East Sussex destination.

Is conveyancing in East Sussex slower when buying a leasehold property?

Leasehold and freehold are types of property tenure in England and Wales. There are around four million leasehold properties, which means a property owner only leases the land on which their home or flat is located for a specific period. This is the lease. Buying a leasehold property is not a difficult process. However, your East Sussex conveyancing solicitor must make specific enquiries from the freeholder (landowner) relating to the leasehold. Often the response to these enquiries can take time, which may slow down the transaction. To ensure your home buy goes without a hitch, your conveyancing solicitor in East Sussex will get to work immediately on ensuring all paperwork is in place. Our informative guide to buying leasehold will tell you all you need to know.

Which council has control of schooling in East Sussex?

You can find out about all state-funded schools in the county from East Sussex County Council and from Brighton & Hove City Council. There are many independent, academy and religious schools in the county, too. Find out the Ofsted ranking of your chosen school in East Sussex on the government's schools comparison website.

Is there an increased flood risk in East Sussex?

Many areas of England have seen a rise in flood events in recent years with heavy rainfall and storms causing floods where this has not been an issue beforehand. These unexpected events are, unfortunately, likely to become more prevalent. Anyone buying property should ask their East Sussex conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential flood threat. Another helpful resource for buyers is the Environment Agency's own guide to flood risk.

What searches do I need for East Sussex conveyancing?

Your East Sussex conveyancing solicitor will commission a series of searches required to complete your transaction. Find out more in our informative guide to all searches needed for conveyancing. In brief, a local authority search will detail planning consents and information about proposed roads or developments. This is also a helpful search when buying property in a conservation area where special planning rules apply. Conservation areas in East Sussex include Hailsham, Battle and Rye. An environmental search will reveal any potential issues around contaminated land, such as former industrial sites or landfill. Chancel repair liability is an important search in East Sussex conveyancing. This historic liability for repairs to the local Church of England is rare, but property buyers should be aware of any potential risk. Find out more in our detailed guide.

Is East Sussex good for commuters?

The M23/A23 is the main artery south from London to Brighton with connecting routes across East Sussex and the High Weald, including the A27 and A26.

The rail network is extensive with Southern Rail and South Eastern Railway connecting East Sussex and Brighton and Hove with London and Ashford International in Kent for Eurostar services.

Gatwick Airport is conveniently located just over the county border in West Sussex. East Sussex County Council has all the information you'll need on public transport locally.

Did you know?

The Battle of Hastings didn't take place in the town but about six miles away in Battle, where William the Conqueror founded an abbey after his victory over the English forces.

The South Downs National Park is the newest national park in England, designated in 2010. It runs for 87 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and includes much of the western Weald. The South Downs Way is the only national trail that is contained within a single national park.

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Towns and districts within this county include:

Alfriston, Battle, Bexhill, Bexhill-On-Sea, Burwash, Crowborough, Ditchling, East-Dean, Eastbourne, Forest-Row, Frant, Hailsham, Hampden-Pk, Hartfield, Hastings, Heathfield, Hove, Hurst-Green, Kemp-Town, Lewes, Mayfield, Newhaven, Patcham, Peacehaven, Pevensey, Pevensey-Bay, Polegate, Portslade, Preston-Park, Ringmer, Robertsbridge, Rottingdean, Rye, Saltdean, Seaford, St-Leonards-On-Sea, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Winchelsea, Woodingdean