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If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Portsmouth, 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 Portsmouth, 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 Portsmouth: A mover's guide

Once England's most fortified town and the first line of defence against foreign invaders, today Portsmouth is a much more welcoming for both visitors and those looking to settle on the south coast.

The vast naval base and ferry port means this is a city that's constantly on the move. With great retail therapy available at Gunwharf Quay and excellent beaches only minutes away, Portsmouth has lots to commend it to homebuyers.

Considering a move to Pompey? We answer all the crucial questions about conveyancing in Portsmouth.

What does conveyancing in Portsmouth involve?

Conveyancing is the term used to describe paperwork that is part of the process of buying and selling property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Whether you are buying or selling a home, your Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor will carry out all the legal formalities required to complete the transaction. This includes requesting searches, negotiating the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the necessary funds on completion day. All the solicitors we work with for Portsmouth conveyancing are experienced and qualified professionals. You can find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Portsmouth?

Our online quote builder will give you an instant quote for Portsmouth conveyancing services. Simply enter a few details about yourself and the property you intend to buy or sell, and you'll receive an instant quote. You can also get a quick quote by calling us on . We're open seven days and can organise a callback at a time that's convenient for you.


How much does conveyancing in Portsmouth cost?

The final bill for a Portsmouth conveyancing transaction will depend on factors such as the value of the property and whether it is leasehold or freehold. Your Portsmouth conveyancing costs will likely include a number of charges, including solicitors' fees, Land Registry fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax***. Other essential charges include searches and bank transfer fees. Our guide to average conveyancing fees will explain more about the essential fees and charges in conveyancing.

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.

How much does the average property cost in Portsmouth?

The latest data from the Land Registry on property sold prices show that the average property in Portsmouth sells for £213,563. Detached homes have an average sold price of £429,499 and semi-detached homes sell for £294,495. Terraced homes sell for an average £227,703 and maisonettes and flats for £156,195.


What will I pay council tax in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth City Council sets the city's council tax rates. Residential property is placed into one of eight bands that depend on its valuation. You can check which band your property is in on the government's valuation website.

For 2020-21, council tax rates in Portsmouth are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,155.28
Band B£1,347.82
Band C£1,540.37
Band D£1,732.92
Band E£2,118.02
Band F£2,503.10
Band G£2,888.20
Band H£3,465.84

How good are broadband speeds in Portsmouth?

A £32million project started in Portsmouth earlier in 2020 to bring a “gigabit-capable” fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network to the city. CityFibre is financing the project in partnership with Vodafone and TalkTalk. You can use your postcode and a broadband comparison site to find out the broadband speeds available at your new home.


How do schools rate in Portsmouth?

There are 64 primary schools in Portsmouth, 15 secondary schools and eight sixth-form and further education colleges. Ofsted rates seven schools in Portsmouth as outstanding. You can use the government school performance website to check a school's rating.

The University of Portsmouth is based in the city, with around 25,500 students on campus every academic year.


Is contaminated land an issue in Portsmouth?

Former industrial sites such as factories, quarries, mines, steelworks and landfill can often leave a legacy of contamination. This land must be identified and remediated (cleaned up) before being released for reuse. By law, Portsmouth City Council must keep a register of all identified contaminated land. Anyone buying property who is concerned about contaminated land should ask their Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor to commission an environmental search that will reveal any potential issues.


Should we instruct a chancel repair liability search when buying in Portsmouth?

A historic charge linked to the formation of the Church of England in the 16th century, chancel repair liability has the potential to affect any land or property within a parish boundary. This can leave property owners liable to pay for repairs to the church's chancel or altar. As part of the purchase process, a Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor will instruct, where appropriate, a chancel repair liability search. Find out more in our detailed guide.


What conservation areas in Portsmouth should we be aware of?

There are currently 30 conservation areas in Portsmouth, all of which have been designated as having special architectural or historic importance. Their significance means any property or land within the area is bound by strict planning rules on the likes of tree preservation, replacement windows or doors and even erecting a satellite dish. A local authority search instructed by your conveyancing solicitor in Plymouth will reveal any current or historic planning consents.


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

We most certainly can. We work with a nationwide panel of property law firms with huge experience in completing property conveyancing in Plymouth from auction. They have sealed deals from sales at 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. Find out more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property.


Did you know?

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is Portsmouth's most prominent landmark, standing 115m high with 560 steps leading from the base to the Sky Deck. The tower can be seen from 23 miles away.

The first-ever floodlit match in the English Football League was played at Fratton Park, Portsmouth in February 1956 when the home team took on Newcastle United. Unfortunately, Pompey lost 2-0.

Homeward Legal strives to make all Portsmouth conveyancing as simple and stress-free as possible. Whatever service you need - buying or selling, remortgaging or equity transfer - we aim to make the process run smoothly from start to finish. Get a quick quote online or call us on . You can also request a callback. We're open late Monday to Friday and from 10am until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday for your convenience.