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

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Conveyancing in York: A mover's guide

Frequently cited as one of the best places to live in the UK, York is a picturesque and historic city that offers residents and visitors alike a delightful place to explore.

The mediaeval York Minster dominates the city skyline, but York's city goes back as far as its Roman invaders. Today it's a vivid combination of past and present, represented by its excellent food scene, vibrant nightlife and fantastic shopping opportunities.

Contemplating a move and need help with conveyancing in York? We have all you need to know right here.

What does conveyancing in York 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 York, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our York conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals whose job is to do the legal legwork so you don't have to worry. You can get more information on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in York?

Getting a quote for conveyancing in York could not be simpler. Heading for our online quote builder, enter a few details about yourself, the transaction and the property, and you'll receive an instant quote. Alternatively, you can call us direct on to chat through your conveyancing options.


How much does conveyancing in York cost?

There is no simple answer to this question because the final price will depend on a number of factors - for example, the value of the property. If you're buying or selling in York, conveyancing could include a number of charges such as solicitors' fees, land registry fees, searches, surveyors' fees, stamp duty** and more. For more information, check out our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

**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 York?

The most recent Land Registry data on sold house prices shows that the average cost of a residential property in York is £261,560. Detached properties sell for an average £418,959 and semi-detached for £271.168. Terraced properties fetch an average £227,104 with maisonettes and flats registering an average sold price of £167,462.


What will my council tax add up to in York?

The local authority is the City of York Council, which sets the city's council tax rates. All residential property is placed in one of eight bands depending on the property's valuation. Find out which band your property is in on the government's valuation website.

The 2020-21 council tax rates in York are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,147.86
Band B£1,339.18
Band C£1,530.48
Band D£1,721.79
Band E£2,104.40
Band F£2,487.03
Band G£2,869.65
Band H£3,443.58

How good are broadband speeds in York?

York enjoys excellent full fibre broadband coverage with most of the city able to access the fastest connections. You can use a broadband comparison site and the postcode of your chosen property to find out what speed you can expect to receive.


How do schools rate in York?

York has 49 primary schools, 16 secondary and 11 sixth form and further education colleges. Ofsted has rated 13 of those schools as outstanding. Check how your chosen school rates on the government's school performance website.

York is the base of the University of York and York St John University, bringing in a combined student population of around 25,000 every academic year.


Should we ask for a flood-risk search when buying in York?

In recent years, York has been badly affected by flooding, and recent figures have revealed that one in five new homes in the city has been built in an area at risk of flooding. You can check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website to see if your proposed property purchase is in a flood-risk area. Ask your York conveyancing solicitor to commission a flood risk search, which will reveal any flooding threat in the city.


Is contaminated land an issue in York?

Contaminated land has usually been previously used for industry, such as factories and steelworks, landfill and quarries. This land has to be remediated or cleaned up before it can be used again. In 2020, a major housing development in York planned for the site of the former British Sugar factory in the site was delayed because of wrangling over the cost of its remediation. This is a reminder that many new developments are going up on brownfield sites, making an environmental search an essential part of conveyancing in York. By law, the city council must keep a register of all identified contaminated land.


Do we need a chancel repair liability search when buying property in York?

Chancel repair liability dates back to Henry VIII, the reformation and the establishment of the Church of England. In short, some land and property owners may still have responsibility for paying for repairs to the local church's chancel or altar. You can find out more in our informative guide. When buying in York, your conveyancing solicitor will advise if you need a chancel repair liability search.


What have conservation areas in York should property buyers know of?

York currently has 35 conservation areas, which are those identified as having special architectural or historical importance. The Central Historic Core, which includes York Minster, is in a conservation area. Planning rules are stricter in these areas; for example, on whether you can put up a satellite dish or cut down a tree. Your York conveyancing solicitor will instruct a local authority search to show any current or historic planning consents for the property you're buying.


We intend to buy a property at auction in York - can you help?

We can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in York. Our panel of expert property law firms have lots of experience in completing property transactions from auctions, including 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 our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property for all you need to know.


Did you know?

It's hard not to mention chocolate when you think of York. Rowntree's and Terry's both started in the city with around five million Kit Kats being produced in York every day.

The National Railway Museum was established on the site of the former York North locomotive depot in 1975 and is home to the only Japanese Shinkansen bullet train that has ventured beyond the shores of that nation.

The Shambles is thought to be Europe's oldest shopping street and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Whether you're buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property in York, conveyancing can seem like a complicated process. Here at Homeward Legal, our job is to remove all that worry for you and it's perfectly simple to get a quote online. You can also call us on or request a callback at a time that suits you.


Areas within this city include:

Boroughbridge, Copmanthorpe