Canterbury conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Canterbury City Council?

Canterbury is situated in Canterbury City Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Canterbury City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1134.72
B £1323.84
C £1512.96
D £1702.08
E £2080.32
F £2458.56
G £2836.80
H £3404.16

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Canterbury conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Canterbury carry out the conveyancing on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will set out what you will pay when your home sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Canterbury?

Property searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Canterbury conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Canterbury - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential traps awaiting an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.

Your solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Correct, it can take much more time to conduct the conveyancing to sell a leasehold home, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's conveyancer must review this leasehold-related paperwork, including management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by the seller's conveyancer to source this information.

Your conveyancing solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity, because this paperwork can take weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am remortgaging a property in Canterbury - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Canterbury will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Property solicitors on the panel for all major lenders - so no matter whether you are switching to a 95% mortgage with the Nationwide Building Society or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender