Our team at Compare My Move work tirelessly to ensure you’re connected with the most reliable conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Milton Keynes. Once you complete our simple online form, you’ll be matched with up to 5 verified conveyancers in your local area. We can even save you up to 70% on your conveyancing fees.
Rest assured, all our conveyancing partners must pass our stringent verification process before joining our network. This means they must be regulated by either the SRA, CLC, LSS or LSNI. This ensures they provide quality services that will greatly aid you through the moving process.
When buying a new home in Milton Keynes, it’s important you find a verified, trusted conveyancer to help you through the legal aspects of the buying process. They will explain any legal jargon and arrange the vital conveyancing searches that will inform you of any legal or environmental issues concerning the property you’re interested in.
Ross Coates Solicitors
Ross Coates Solicitors, Unit 5-7 Alpha Business Park, Ipswich, IP1 5LT
Ross Coates Solicitors have over 25 years providing our professional and trusted residential conveyancing service across Wales and England.
Alexander Grace Law
A G Law, 7 Kestrel Court, Burnley, BB11 5NA
Alexander Grace Law is an award-winning residential conveyancer, winning ESTAS Best Conveyancer in the North West and County in both 2018 and 2019.
"They were on top of matters. The team were always helpful and kept me informed on most issues. The only slight criticism is I found it hard sometimes to actually speak to someone on the phone which may well be a fault of mine as I am not good with online communication but we got through it."
Connect2law, 5 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PR
Muve Conveyancers are proud to provide our expert conveyancing service across England and Wales.
"Fathima Nusra and Ann Caldera , were very helpful .There help was invaluable, they pushed and chased to get our completion on time .Thank you "
Moving Direct Property
Suffolk Enterprise Centre, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ
Moving Direct Property can offer an expert and professional conveyancing service all across the UK. We specialise in helping with the sale of a property.
Oasis Solicitors, 8 The Village, London, SE7 8UD
Oasis Solicitors are a firm of 2 partners with over 24 years of experience in the conveyancing industry between them. We treat each client and case with the same level of respect and quality to ensure the best outcome.
My Home Move Conveyancing
My Home Move Ltd, 5 Barton Close, Leicester, LE19 1SJ
At My Home Move Conveyancing, we understand that buying, selling and remortgaging a house can be a stressful process - that is why we provide professional conveyancing services to make the process clearer, easier and better for every client.
"They were perfectly fine, under the actual conveyancing firm came along - and they were dreadful"
Le Gros Solicitors
Le Gros Solicitors, 22 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BY
Le Gros Solicitors are Cardiff-based conveyancers serving clients across England and Wales in areas such as London, Manchester, and Liverpool. We were established in 2011 and our experienced staff offer services across the residential and commercial sectors.
BRM Legal Ltd
, 103 Colmore Row , Birmingham, B3 3AG
Our experienced team of professionals here at BRM Legal Ltd have a wealth of knowledge and combined expertise to support you effectively in all matters relating to property law and conveyancing.
Conveyancing Marketing Services Ltd
Active Business Centre Ltd, St. Andrews Castle, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 3PH
Here at Conveyancing Marketing Services Ltd, we aim to provide a top-quality conveyancing service to our clients. We cover many areas of England and Wales, such as Eastern London, Leicester, Luton, Nottingham, and Peterborough.We manage a panel of qualified conveyancers that will offer you a fixed price that’s reasonable. Customer service is at the heart of our business, and we aim to provide an efficient and accurate service.Whether you’re looking to hire a conveyancer for sale, purchase or both, we are here to help. Our conveyancers ensure everything is kept on track and that your purchase or sale runs smoothly. We talk you through the entire process so you’re always aware of the next steps.
The conveyancing searches are a vital part of the buying process for homeowners. To help you begin your Milton Keynes house-hunting journey, we’ve uncovered the average cost of the Local Authority Search in this area, allowing you to budget accordingly.
The Local Authority Search is a query into the local area and land where the property you’re interested in resides. It will come in two parts, LLC1 and CON29, both of which will be priced by the Milton Keynes local council. Each individual search is explained on the council’s Land Charges page.
If you require a Standard Local Search where CON29 and LLC1 are submitted at the same time, the cost in Milton Keynes is currently £202.75, including VAT. Be aware that this is fairly expensive compared to other UK cities. You can also request an additional section called CON29O which will cost £25 for each printed enquiry or £40 for each supplemental enquiry.
For CON29 enquiries only, the price for one parcel of land is £152.75 (inc. VAT), or £52.50 (inc. VAT) for each additional parcel. For the LLC1 the cost is £50.00 for one parcel of land. You can see a full breakdown of the Local Land Charge Fees on the Milton Keynes Council website.
£50.00 inc VAT
This includes details of any restrictions or prohibitions on the land/property and any financial charges held against it. It is exempt from VAT.
£152.75 inc VAT
This includes approximately 60 enquiries. It provides vital information such as recent statutory notices, Compulsory Purchase Orders and any building or road proposals that may impact the property.
£25.00 inc VAT
Notices concerning land maintenance, environment and pollution, application on roads by private bodies and completion notices. This is submitted along with your standard enquiry form.
Standard Local Search (LLC1 and CON29)
£202.75 inc VAT
This will contain both the Official compiled LLC1 report and the Official compiled CON29.
Identifying the risk of flooding should also be included in the Environmental Search. This includes ordering a Flood Risk Indicator report from the Land Registry. Due to the Grand Union Canal, the River Ouzel and the River Great Ouse, this search is vital for homeowners in Milton Keynes.
When viewing the UK Flood Risk Map, you can see that Milton Keynes has a few areas that are considered as ‘high risk’ due to their proximity to the canal and rivers that flow through the land. Homes near Willen Lake are particularly at risk, making this conveyancing search very important for those searching for homes in the Willen area.
Streets such as Simpson Road and Grove Way are also prone to flood alerts due to the Grand Union Canal passing through. This greatly increases the chance of potential flooding and so you should discuss the situation with your conveyancer if you believe the property is situated in this area.
Surface flooding is also an issue in Milton Keynes, as shown in the flood risk map previously mentioned. This should also be included in the Flood Indicator Report given to you by your conveyancer.
If you’re concerned about any potential risk of flooding, it would be worth reading Milton Keynes Council’s page on Flood and Water Management/Drainage as it provides the council’s flooding strategies and how the drainage is monitored. It also provides past flood investigations for added peace of mind.
Milton Keynes has a brief history of mining, but mostly, the many redevelopments are what will impact the ground stability. By conducting a ground stability search, your conveyancer will discover any possible issues such as subsidence, risk of landslides and whether the property is located near mining areas.
Milton Keynes is not as densely packed as many other UK towns and cities, but there are pockets that are more prone to subsidence. The UK Subsidence Map highlights these areas, showing the potential risk of subsidence where the ground can weaken and shrink. It does not have a majorly high risk but it’s important to locate your postcode to see if it resides in one of these few pockets.
There have also been previous examples of landslides in Milton Keynes, but the number isn’t that high making it less of a concern compared to other areas in the UK. The GeoSure Landslides Map does show a speckling of high-risk areas surrounding Milton Keynes, so it may be worth discussing the issue with your conveyancer to see if your property could be affected.
The Environmental Search will also uncover the level of radon gas emissions in the area surrounding the property. Radon gas is a natural, colourless and odourless gas that is formed by the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occur in rocks and soils. This gas will be found in many locations but particularly in rural areas.
To help you make your decision, your conveyancer will inform you of the amount of radon gas in the area and whether it is a concern. Radon gas can be harmless in small doses as it does occur naturally. However, in greater amounts, it can cause health problems.
We’ve viewed the UK Radon Map to see the level of emissions in Milton Keynes. The centre has very low levels of emissions making it a safer area with one home in a hundred chance of experiencing unhealthy levels. However to the left of Milton Keynes, just on the outskirts, the levels are greatly increased. Keep this in mind when you’re house-hunting in this area as the levels of radon gas could be dangerous.
If you’re concerned about the results of the Environmental Search, don’t be afraid to speak to your conveyancer. They will carefully explain what it means for you as a potential homeowner and will advise you on the next steps to take.
If an area is considered as contaminated land, it means that there will be substances that could cause significant harm to people, property or protected species. There may also be significant pollution or risk of health issues due to radioactivity, or simply a piece of land previously used as a landfill.
There have been many developments throughout Milton Keynes over the years, potentially causing certain areas of contaminated land. The Milton Keynes Council has a very helpful page on Contaminated Land, providing a link to their Contaminated Land Strategy and advice for future land developers.
They also provide a link to their Contaminated Land Public Register, which outlines 13 examples that have previously been investigated and remedied. The most recent example provided was in 2011 where a residential property had a heating oil leak from the feed pipe to the boiler. This was immediately investigated and soon remedied once the correct action was taken.
It’s important to read the Contaminated Land Public Register as the property you’re interested in may be included on the list. If so, your conveyancer will inform you of the action taken and advise you on the next steps. If the property is not situated on contaminated land, it’s still vital to understand the council’s strategy in case the area becomes contaminated in the future.