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Find out more about conveyancing in Oxford

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

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Conveyancing in Oxford: A mover's guide

The city of dreaming spires, Oxford is most famous for its university, but this well-connected city has a host of other fantastic attractions to make it a must-move destination.

Only an hour or so from London, Oxford is also close to the stunning Cotswolds, and with excellent retail and restaurant, the city offers the best of urban and country living combined.

Planning a move to the city of dreaming spires? We answer the vital questions on conveyancing in Oxford.

What is involved in conveyancing in Oxford?

The paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property is known as conveyancing. Any homeowner intending to remortgage or transfer equity from a property will also need the services of an Oxford conveyancing solicitor. The process includes requesting searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the funds to complete the transaction. For Oxford conveyancing, we only work with fully qualified professional law firms. You can find out more here about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers.


How do I get a quote for Oxford conveyancing?

Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for Oxford conveyancing services. You'll be asked for a few details about you and the property you're buying or selling. You can also get a quote in minutes by calling our team on or request a callback for a time that suits you. We're open seven days.


How much does conveyancing in Oxford cost?

The final bill for conveyancing in Oxford will vary depending on factors such as the value of the property and whether the property involved is freehold or leasehold. Conveyancing in Oxford will involve solicitors' fees, Land Registry fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax**, plus search fees and bank transfer charges. Our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 explains the costs involved in Oxford conveyancing.

**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 Oxford?

The Land Registry 's most recent data on sold property prices in Oxford shows the average home sells for £382,444. A detached property sells for an average £772,836 and a semi-detached for £481,168. Terraced homes fetch an average price of £376,872 with flats and maisonettes achieving a sold price of £249,568.


What will my council tax bill be in Oxford?

Oxford City Council sets the city's council tax rates. These vary by parish area, meaning there are five separate council tax rates within the city depending on whether there's a parish council or not. Each residential property is placed into one of eight bands depending on its valuation. Check your property band on the government's valuation website.

As an example of 2020-21 council tax rates in Oxford, here are the payments and bands for non-parish areas.

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,373.48
Band B£1,602.40
Band C£1,831.30
Band D£2,060.22
Band E£2,518.04
Band F£2,975.86
Band G£3,433.70
Band H£4,120.44

How good are broadband speeds in Oxford?

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire is a project dedicated to ensuring the county is one of the most digitally connected in the UK. A partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, the city's universities, city and district councils, Better Broadband for Oxfordshire is bringing full-fibre and G5 to the county. With a thriving digital sector in the city, coupled with huge demand from a large student population, good broadband is essential and available in Oxford. Use a broadband comparison site and your postcode to check local speeds.


How do schools rate in Oxford?

There are 45 primary schools in Oxford, 25 secondary schools and 23 sixth-form and further education colleges. Ofsted rates three schools in Oxford as outstanding. Check your chosen school's rating on the government school performance website.

Oxford is obviously known for its world-leading university, the University of Oxford and for Oxford Brookes University. The city's student population numbers around 42,000 every academic year.


What can you tell me about contaminated land in Oxford?

Within the wider county of Oxfordshire, industrial activities such as engineering, gas works, vehicle manufacturing and sewage works have left a legacy of contaminated land. This land has to be cleaned up before being released for reuse. By law, Oxford City Council must keep a register of any contaminated land that has been identified. To ensure your property purchase is unaffected by contamination, your Oxford conveyancing solicitor will instruct an environmental search.


Is a chancel repair liability search essential when buying in Oxford?

Chancel repair liability is a historic charge relating to Church of England parishes and a potential cost for property and landowners within those boundaries. Our informative guide will give you all the facts you need about chancel repair liability. An Oxford conveyancing solicitor will discuss if a chancel repair liability search is necessary for your transaction.


What conservation areas in Oxford should we be aware of?

There are currently 18 conservation areas in Oxford, which range from the colleges in the city centre to Headington Hill and Wolvercote. These sites have been identified as having special historical or architectural significance, which means they should be preserved or enhanced. That significance means any developments or alterations within a conservation area are strictly governed. To find out if your chosen property is in a conservation area or has undergone any changes that might need planning consents, your conveyancing solicitor in Oxford will instruct a local authority search.


We're buying a property at auction in Oxford - can you help?

We can definitely help with all auction property conveyancing in Oxford. Our nationwide panel of property law firms have lots of experience in completing property conveyancing from auction and have completed sales transactions 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. Read more in our detailed guide to conveyancing for auction property.


Did you know?

The Museum of Science in Oxford hosts a range of fascinating exhibits, including the original blackboard on which Albert Einstein wrote his famous theory of relativity, e=mc2, at Oxford in 1931.

One of the most celebrated athletics achievements occurred in Oxford when medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes. The race took place at the city's Iffley Road track in 1954.

Whatever service you need for conveyancing in Oxford, Homeward Legal can make the process simple and cost-effective. Get an instant quote online at any time or talk directly to our team on about conveyancing for a property purchase or sale, remortgaging a current home or a transfer of equity. We're open seven days for your convenience.


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