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Conveyancing in Sheffield Q & As

When buying or selling or a Sheffield property, you will have to instruct a lawyer to complete the legal paperwork for your move.

Our property solicitors at Homeward Legal have a wealth of experience helping home-buyers and -sellers in Sheffield and all over South Yorkshire. Our proactive working methods mean we complete your move in the shortest possible time.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Sheffield

  • By road: Sheffield is served by the M1, A57, A63, and A630.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Sheffield.
  • By air: Doncaster Sheffield Airport is 21 miles, and Retford Gamston Airport 23 miles from Sheffield.
  • Hospital: Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AU.
  • Council: Sheffield City Council.
  • Attractions: Endcliffe Park, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Eyam Hall, and Millennium Gallery.

How do we get low cost conveyancing in Sheffield?

Often in supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes offered by numerous law firms, extra charges hidden in the terms of engagement can increase your solicitor's invoice. Any such charges ought to be reasonable and be applicable solely where the conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Disbursements, or third party costs, to be paid should also be clearly stated on your quote. Our quotes at Homeward Legal do just that, offering a clear statement of your solicitor’s fees for the standard conveyancing for a purchase or sale. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your fixed-fee quote, backed with a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

We are buying a property built on a Sheffield brownfield site. Is the soil likely to be contaminated?

Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Sheffield because of historical industry in the city. If significant harm could be caused to people or protected species by the contamination, it is likely to be labelled as contaminated land. Data on many contaminants, such as disinfection by-products, will be included in the requisite environmental search. Call Homeward Legal’s team of property experts for more advice.

At what point do we need to get a conveyancing solicitor for the purchase of our Sheffield flat?

In the vast majority of cases, the sooner you appoint a firm to act on your behalf, the better. Early instruction for a purchase may mean that you will have the details of your Sheffield solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process. Give Homeward Legal a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk about getting fixed-fee quote.

Are your recommended solicitors experienced enough for 1-month completions on property auction conveyancing in Sheffield?

In fact, Homeward Legal are familiar with both local and national auctions and frequently handle the legal work for bidders at auction. Our niche auction team of solicitors and conveyancers have worked for numerous buyers and sellers at residential property auctions such as Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris. Smart purchasers will know to formally appoint a property conveyancing lawyer early in the process to allow adequate time for a full investigation of the property's legal title well before the actual auction day. Thereafter, a conveyancing lawyer needs to concentrate on concluding the transaction within 28 days after exchange of contracts, as required by the terms and conditions of auction sale.

How much is the council tax on a Thirties converted Band E property in Sheffield?

The pertinent band will normally be stated within the conveyancing solicitor’s title report, along with details of the governing local authority (in this case, Sheffield City Council). Up-to-date charges for properties in Sheffield are set out on the council’s site, but, for the 2016/2017 year, the council tax bands for Sheffield were:

  • Band A - £1,054.18
  • Band B - £1,229.87
  • Band C - £1,405.57
  • Band D - £1,581.27
  • Band E - £1,932.66
  • Band F - £2,284.05
  • Band G - £2,635.45
  • Band H - £3,162.53
Retrieved 7 February 2017

Is a house in Park, Sheffield eligible for disadvantaged area stamp duty relief?

Stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

Is a drainage search a fee or disbursement?

Unfortunately, some firms may attempt to pass off additional costs as disbursements. It may not be clear from the quote if a cost is a fee or disbursement, and if it should therefore be included. The charge for a drainage search is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost. Such distinction is clearly laid out in any quote provided by Homeward Legal.

Can we avoid paying the stamp duty to HM Revenue & Customs?

We at Homeward Legal firmly advise against any stamp duty avoidance scheme. Such schemes are highly expensive and are often very likely to fail. If this happens, you will be culpable for paying a penalty of up to 100% of the duty remaining. If you are in any doubt, contact our property experts at Homeward Legal for further advice.