Folkestone conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Shepway District Council?

Folkestone is situated in Shepway District Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Shepway District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1200.23
B £1400.26
C £1600.30
D £1800.34
E £2200.42
F £2600.49
G £3000.57
H £3600.68

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Folkestone conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Folkestone provide legal services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our property lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your detailed quote will set out exactly what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house purchase or sale completes.

If, for any reason at all, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Folkestone - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance

Occasionally the solicitor will advise further searches such as a commons registration search.

To see the cost of searches on a Folkestone move, try our conveyancing calculator.

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

How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Folkestone?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The conveyancing for leasehold property typically takes longer than a freehold home as there are more parties involved.

Examples of delays might include anything from missing leasehold documents to an absent freeholder.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Correct, it can take much longer to carry out the conveyancing on a leasehold house or flat, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review several leasehold-related documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time it takes your lawyer to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.

It can take a long time to gather these details if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact, so your lawyer should start this process even before a sale has been agreed.

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

I am buying a new build property in Folkestone - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build in Folkestone is more complicated than buying an existing property.

Your solicitor in Folkestone will need to be qualified to handle things like checking the suitability of new build insurance, checking planning conditions have been fulfilled and working with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Ark Residential.

Our specialist team of new build solicitors are experts in representing buyers to achieve a stress free move and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Folkestone property?

Yes.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Folkestone should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.

Our property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a 100% mortgage with RBS or to a two-year discount with the Leeds Building Society, we can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender