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Conveyancing Solicitors Leicester

In-Deed is a national group of conveyancers delivering 21st-century conveyancing legal services to Leicester and across Leicestershire.

Our competitive, fixed-cost conveyancing service comes with no extra fees hidden in the small-print in order to help you calculate the true cost of buying and selling a home (See details of our fixed-fee promise).

Whether you live in Leicester or anywhere else in England or Wales, In-Deed makes the conveyancing process quick and efficient, and cost-effective. Our highly-qualified conveyancing solicitors make the legal side of your move so simple. Why not try our quote calculator to see how competitively low our prices are? Or you could call us on 0800 038 6886 to talk to one of our advisers, who will guide you through the process with the minimum of fuss. Or you can drop us a line by emailing [email protected].

Living in Leicester

Leicester is a city located in the East Midlands and, with a population of around 383,000, it is the most populated municipality in the region. Leicester is the county town of Leicestershire.

For those wanting to buy from the high street, W. Archer and Son and Soleys Halal Meat Centre butchers, and Baxters Bakery are available, while Leicester is also served by the big supermarket chains. The Leicester Farmers' Market, located at Gallowtree Gate, is on the first Thursday of every month. Among the number of local Leicester pubs are the Local Hero, the Black Dog of Oadby, the Dog and Gun, and the Bull's Head.

Local excursions and attractions include Gorse Hill City Farm, Great Central Railway, the National Space Centre, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle, Abbey Park, and the Richard III exhibition at Leicester Cathedral.

Looking to move into Leicester or on the outskirts of the city? Needing to control the finances but want a quality conveyancing service? Look no further than In-Deed, where our conveyancing solicitors provide the most competitively-priced service without stinting on the quality you want. Call our waiting advisers on 0800 038 6886 to get your conveyancing kicked off today.

Conveyancing for a remortgage in Leicester

At In-Deed, we should be the first and last stop for you when you're looking into remortgaging a Leicester property or wanting to transfer equity from it. Our solicitors can take instructions for all banks and building society panels, from Derbyshire Building Society to Scottish Widows Bank, so you won't have to fork out for their legal costs on top of your own.

We have built leading systems enabling our solicitors to provide a stress-free and very personalised legal service, while all of our solicitors are chosen because of their focus on results, without stinting on the level of quality of service that you rightly expect. Call us on 0800 038 6886 to find out more.

Online Conveyancing

A number of solicitors' websites solely market the benefits of conveyancing online, including state-of-the-art case-management systems, as the only way to achieve a swift conclusion to your transaction.

While those are an important set of tools to assist the process, the key to an easier conveyancing transaction is instructing a fast, communicative and efficient solicitor, irrespective of the technology they use. Working with our solicitors at In-Deed, home-movers enjoy the benefit of 21st-century conveyancing solutions and the advice of a dedicated, high-street conveyancing solicitor.

Try out our online Leicester conveyancing quote calculator, or, if you prefer to talk to someone, call our waiting advisers on 0800 038 6886.

Property price data in Leicester

Leicester house prices (in £1,000s)
Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19
144 151 166 169

Leicester house prices have enjoyed a healthy rise in recent years, although, in common with much of the country (particularly the northern locations), there has been a significant slow-down in the year to February 2019 (particularly with respect to flats and maisonettes, which have gone negative in that time period).

  • All properties - £169,333 (a rise of 1.7% since February 2018 and 17.4% since February 2016)
  • Flats, apartments and maisonettes - £124,438 (a fall in value of -0.4% since February 2018 but a rise of 16.5% since February 2016)
  • Terraced houses - £149,131 (a rise of 1.7% since February 2018 and 16.6% since February 2016)
  • Semi-detached houses - £191,734 (a rise of 2.6% since February 2018 and 18.5% since February 2016)
  • Detached houses - £297,978 (a rise of 2.4% since February 2018 and 19.2% since February 2016)

House price data retrieved on 18 April 2019 (©2019 HM Land Registry)

Local Government for Leicester

The city of Leicester is administered and controlled by the Leicester City Council (which is currently Labour-controlled with a large majority, since the local elections of 2015). Council Tax bands for the 2019/2020 tax year are:

  • Band A - £1,228.03
  • Band B - £1,432.70
  • Band C - £1,637.37
  • Band D - £1,842.04
  • Band E - £2,251.38
  • Band F - £2,660.72
  • Band G - £3,070.07
  • Band H - £3,684.08

This means that council tax charges are 10%-11% higher than the average for the rest of the country.

Information retrieved from the Leicester City Council website on 23 April 2019.

Leicester conveyancing solicitor fees

Our approach at In-Deed is to supply you with a fixed-price legal quote before you instruct a conveyancing solicitor for your Leicester home-move, so that you always know what you are expected to pay upon successful completion, and you are always in control of your budget.

Some conveyancers bury extra charges in the Ts and Cs of their quote (although this practice is now the subject of legislation on transparency and should be far less common). Examples to look for are fees for postage and telephone calls, or for setting up a title indemnity or repair policy.

What to look for when comparing conveyancing quotes from Leicester solicitors

Comparing conveyancing quotes from Leicester solicitors is more tortuous than first meets the eyes. Read our incisive table, which shows you all the things to search for in the small-print when you look for any hidden conveyancing fees (for instance, handling any notices of assignment on leasehold transactions).

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The 'Help to Buy' scheme

This government-sponsored scheme aims to assist homebuyers with three ways of purchasing a property:

  • Help to Buy ISA - if you are a first-time buyer and don't own any other property (anywhere in the world), and you don't have another cash ISA opened in the same tax year, when you buy your first home, the solicitor will apply for the government bonus on your behalf when closure of your Home to Buy ISA used to buy the property is confirmed.
  • Help to Buy: Equity Loan - if you have no other property and are buying a newly-built home, the government will provide 20% of the cost of the house (up to a maximum of £600,000), leaving you with the saved 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage to cover the remainder. This is open to current homeowners and first-time buyers, and the home cannot be sublet nor can it be used in a part-exchange deal.
  • Help to Buy: Shared Ownership - if your household earns less than £80,000, you could be eligible for this scheme, which allows you to buy between 25% and 75% of the home's value, while the government pays the remainder on which you would then pay rent.

(information retrieved from HM Government's Help to Buy website on 16 April 2019).

Contact the Money Advice Service, the government's Help to Buy website, or your local 'Help to Buy' agent for more information. Orbit Help to Buy Midlands (contactable on 03458 502050 (option 2) or [email protected]) is the local Help to Buy agent for Leicester.

To find out how In-Deed can help with the legal side of the various Help to Buy schemes and what it means to your planned property purchase, give our helpful advisers a quick now on 0800 038 6886 and get your conveyancing kick-started today.

The conveyancing process

Finding a conveyancer or solicitor Before the conveyancing process starts, you must pick a conveyancing solicitor to represent your legal affairs for the move. It is important to check the small-print for any hidden, additional fees before you decide which solicitor is best for you (because even though transparency is the requirement, there may still be items buried within them that would otherwise cause a surprise when the bill finally arrives.

Appointing a solicitor At the point you have selected the property lawyer you want to look after the formalities for your Leicester property sale or purchase, you will need to formally instruct them. This will require you to check carefully, consent to, and sign the solicitor's terms and conditions.

Pre-contract Enquiries are made, which include investigating property boundaries, and the draft contract itself is prepared by the seller's conveyancing solicitor. The final draft is agreed by the solicitors working for both sides, and target dates may be set for exchange and completion.

Get a survey on the building Home-buyers are invariably urged to get a property survey as it will spot potentially expensive problems or any significant issues like bulging walls (sometimes known as a pregnant bump!) and dangerous modifications, as well as common issues connected to pests and damp. Interlocking clay tiles are also a possible problem to be checked specifically in Leicestershire.

Searches in Leicester Chancel Liability, Local Authority, Environmental, and Drainage and Water are the four standard searches that are ordered by conveyancers, particularly if you are buying your property with the help of a mortgage, as your lender will need to know that there is sufficient equity in the property to repay the remainder of the loan. These searches investigate many matters including environmental issues, such as problems with prior use on the property's site, or the risk of flooding. Furthermore, your solicitor could also recommend additional searches, depending on the findings of the basic searches and their knowledge of the area.

Exchange of contracts Contracts are signed and exchanged. Both sides are now legally obligated to go through with the sale and purchase, unless they want to be subject to stiff financial penalties.

Completion On the specified date, the money that is due to the seller, less the deposit already paid, is wired to the seller's lawyer, and the buyer collects the keys to their new home.