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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 the UK, In-Deed will make your move simple. Why not try our online quote calculator? Or you can call our team of advisers on 0800 038 6886 to discuss your conveyancing needs.

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.

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. Our solicitors can take instructions for all banks and building society panels, from Derbyshire Building Society to Scottish Widows Bank. We have built leading systems enabling our solicitors to provide a stress-free and very personalised legal service. 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.

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, 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)

Average house prices have been rising in Leicester in recent years, although the values are showing signs of trailing off as of 2016. Properties purchased averaged £193,079 in 2016, which is a rise of 15% against 2014, but only 4% against 2015. Terraced houses in Leicester averaged £151,103 in 2016, while detached properties achieved £291,668.

House data provided by The Land Registry © 2017

Local Government for Leicester

The city of Leicester is administered and controlled by the Leicester City Council (which is currently Labour-controlled, since the local elections of 2015). Council Tax bands for the 2017/2018 tax year are:

  • Band A - £1,114.51
  • Band B - £1,300.26
  • Band C - £1,486.01
  • Band D - £1,671.76
  • Band E - £2,043.26
  • Band F - £2,414.76
  • Band G - £2,786.27
  • Band H - £3,343.57

Information retrieved from the Leicester City Council website on 8 August 2017.

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.

Some conveyancers bury extra charges in the Ts and Cs of their quote. 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

17,000 home-movers have bought their new property through the Government's ‘Help to Buy’ programme in the first nine months since its inception in 2013. The ‘Help to Buy’ programme enables participating lenders to purchase a guarantee, so they can then offer mortgages of up to 95% loan to value.

If you would like additional information on ‘Help to Buy’, contact the Money Advice Service, or your local ‘Help to Buy’ agent. Orbit Help to Buy Midlands (contactable on 03458 502050 (option 2) or is the local Help to Buy agent for Leicester.

The conveyancing process

Finding a conveyancer or solicitorBefore 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.

Appointing a solicitorAt the point you have selected the property lawyer you want to look after the formalities for your Leicester property sale or purchase, it will be necessary to formally instruct them. This will require you to check carefully, consent to, and sign the solicitor’s fine-print.

Pre-contractEnquires 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 dates may be set for exchange and completion.

Get a survey on the buildingHome-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. Interlocking clay tiles are also a possible problem to be checked specifically in Leicestershire.

Searches in LeicesterChancel Liability, Local Authority, Environmental, and Drainage and Water are the four standard searches that are ordered by conveyancers. 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 contractsContracts are signed and exchanged. Both sides are now legally obligated to go through with the sale and purchase.

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