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

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Conveyancing in West Yorkshire: A mover's guide

The perfect blend of urban and rural, West Yorkshire offers a plethora of excellent locations for the discerning home mover.

With three big cities and three national parks in the area, you are never far from a shop or glorious open space.

So, if you've got your eye on a move, read on for all you need to know about conveyancing in West Yorkshire.

What does conveyancing in West Yorkshire involve?

When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for all the paperwork and legal formalities involved. For those buying a new home, a West Yorkshire conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. For those selling, a conveyancing solicitor will carry out the necessary paperwork on your behalf. You can find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in West Yorkshire?

Our online quote builder gives you a quote for your West Yorkshire conveyancing transaction of choice in minutes. Simply enter a few crucial details about you and the property involved. Our team is also available seven days a week on . Why not arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you?


How much does conveyancing in West Yorkshire cost?

Each conveyancing transaction is unique, so there is no set price for these services. Your final bill for conveyancing in West Yorkshire depends on such factors as the property's value and whether it is leasehold or freehold. For example, for a buyer, West Yorkshire conveyancing costs will include searches, Land Registry fees, solicitors' fees, bank transfer fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax* and more. Use our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 to get a clearer idea of the costs involved.

*In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday, which applies to properties up to a value of £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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

Where are West Yorkshire's best home-mover destinations?

Leeds is West Yorkshire's biggest city, and its centre has been transformed in recent years by regeneration projects. Today there are lots of newbuild flats and apartments to choose from along with cottages and terraced homes more typically associated with this part of the world. A similar type of regeneration has taken place in neighbouring Bradford with funky loft conversions of the city's mills and factories.

Other big urban attractions include Halifax, Wakefield and Huddersfield, Pudsey, Keighley and Castleford. For market towns, look to Pontefract, Bingley, Ossett, Otley and Sowerby Bridge. In more rural locations, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden are prized.


How much is a typical property in West Yorkshire?

Much of West Yorkshire very much falls into the affordable category. The average sold price in the county is £166,944, according to the most round-up from the Land Registry. Five separate local authority areas make up West Yorkshire. A deeper dig into their average sold prices shows the average home in Leeds sells for £197,026; in Bradford, for £144,791; in Wakefield, for £157,036; in Kirklees, which includes Huddersfield, £156,031; and in Calderdale, which includes Halifax and Hebden Bridge, the average home sells for £151,925.


Will buying a leasehold property slow down conveyancing in West Yorkshire?

There are two types of property tenure in England: leasehold and freehold. There are around four million leasehold properties across England and Wales, mostly flats and apartments but many houses, too. In leasehold, the property owner only owns the building with the land legally belonging to the freeholder or landowner. The land is then leased on a long-term basis from the freeholder, usually for decades or even centuries. The added complication of different land ownership means that conveyancing for leasehold in West Yorkshire can occasionally be held up while the solicitor makes specific enquiries. Our detailed guide to buying leasehold has all the information you need.


Which council is responsible for schools in West Yorkshire?

The five unitary authorities across West Yorkshire each has responsibility for state education within their area. They are Leeds City Council; City of Bradford Metropolitan Council; Wakefield Council; Kirklees Council; and Calderdale Council. West Yorkshire also has a selection of independent, academy and church schools. Check Ofsted ratings for all schools and colleges in the region on the government school comparison website.


Is there a flood risk to property in West Yorkshire?

West Yorkshire features a landscape with deep valleys and fast-flowing rivers. The Calderdale Valley has suffered six serious floods in the last five years. But all areas of the region are at increased risk of surface water and river flooding because of heavier rainfall and more frequent storms. Stay fully informed of any potential problems with a property purchase and ask your West Yorkshire conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search. The Environment Agency's guide to flood risk across England is a useful resource to show the areas most susceptible to flooding.


What kind of searches will I need for conveyancing in West Yorkshire?

Your West Yorkshire conveyancing solicitor will outline the essential conveyancing searches. Here are some of the most important:

  • Local authority search: Provides information on planning and on conservation areas, including the likes of Batley and Pontefract Castle.
  • Environmental search: Details contaminated land and pollution, particularly on former industrial sites and brownfield land development.
  • Mining search: A crucial search for any West Yorkshire property purchase because the vast, historic Nottinghamshire coalfield runs beneath all of this region. The mining search will reveal the location of mine shafts and tunnels.
  • Chancel repair liability search: A rare historic charge that relates to responsibility for repairs to the local Church of England.

Did you know?

Keighley is the holder of a unique town-twinning record. It first began a sister-city relationship with the Parisian communes of Suresnes and Puteaux in 1905 before the first recorded twinning arrangement in the world was signed with Poix-du-Nord in France in 1920.

Rugby League was founded in 1895 at Huddersfield's George Hotel when 22 clubs broke away from Rugby Union. Today West Yorkshire is home to no fewer than 11 professional rugby league teams, more than any other area.

Are you planning to buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property in West Yorkshire? At Homeward Legal, we keep conveyancing simple and hassle-free. Get a quote online in a matter of moments, call us on or request a callback. We're here to help your West Yorkshire conveyancing go through without a hitch.


Towns and districts within this county include:

Ackworth, Baildon, Batley, Beeston, Bingley, Brighouse, Castleford, Clayton, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Elland, Garforth, Guiseley, Halifax, Harehills, Headingley, Hebden-Bridge, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Horbury, Horsforth, Huddersfield, Idle, Ilkley, Keighley, Kirkheaton, Kirkstall, Knottingley, Liversedge, Low-Moor, Middleton, Mirfield, Morley, New-Farnley, Normanton, Ossett, Otley, Overton, Pontefract, Pudsey, Queensbury, Ravensthorpe, Rawdon, Rothwell, Shipley, Sowerby-Bridge, Thornton, Todmorden, Wakefield, Wetherby, Wilsden, Yeadon