Local information

The district of Chelsea is within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is one of the most exclusive areas of the capital. It lies north of the River Thames between Chelsea Bridge and Chelsea Harbour. Always a popular location for the wealthy Chelsea was once described as a village of palaces, with its main artery, the King's Road, once Charles II's private road from St James's Palace to Fulham.

Much of the property was built in the 19th century and is characterised by attractive red-brick terraces, mansion blocks, which surround pretty squares, and quiet mews houses tucked away from the busy main roads. Newer homes have been built close to the river.

Chelsea conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea?

Chelsea is situated in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council Tax (2018/19)
A £759.61
B £886.21
C £1012.81
D £1139.41
E £1392.61
F £1645.81
G £1899.02
H £2278.82

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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Are Chelsea conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Chelsea provide legal services on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of expert solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your quote will explain in detail what you will pay when your house purchase or sale goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Chelsea which property searches will I require?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Water search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

Sometimes the solicitor will recommend additional searches e.g. a commons registration search.

To work out the total cost of searches on a Chelsea property try our conveyancing calculator.

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

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Almost all flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold property as more technical complexity exists.

Examples of delays might include anything from slow receipt of the managing agent information to an unreachable freeholder.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

I am selling a leasehold property in Chelsea - what do I need to know?

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is a great deal more protracted than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Chelsea must undertake extra work, for example collating all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the buildings insurance for the common parts.

To help mitigate the delays involved in selling a leasehold house or flat, It is recommended that the vendor contact a Chelsea conveyancing solicitor as soon as is practicable.

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Chelsea could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a 95% mortgage with the NatWest or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender