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Gillingham in Kent is one of the key towns in the River Medway area, close to the historic Chatham docks where HMS Victory was built. Previously overlooked by commuters, average house prices are considerably lower than in other areas of south-east England. With direct rail links to central London, however, the town has become a magnet for first-time buyers looking for an affordable place to live.

Over a 20-year period the area will see a total of a billion pounds invested to regenerate old industrial areas and build new housing.

Gillingham Conveyancing: FAQs

We have compiled a list of conveyancing questions often asked by Gillingham clients. If you have a specific question you would like to discuss, you can call us and speak to a member of our friendly conveyancing team.

Buying property in Gillingham

How much Council Tax must I pay for a property in Medway Council in 2022?

Gillingham is situated in Medway Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Medway Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,272.43
B £1,484.50
C £1,696.57
D £1,908.64
E £2,332.78
F £2,756.92
G £3,181.07
H £3,817.28

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I'm buying a property in Gillingham - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search liability

Sometimes the initial search results will recommend further searches such as a search.

To see the total cost of searches on a Gillingham property, get a conveyancing quote.

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

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

Selling a leasehold propertycan be very involved. The numerous common problems awaiting an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and onerous clauses in the lease.

A good property lawyer 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?

Selling property in Gillingham

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

The legal work for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is much more involved than for a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Gillingham, including getting the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to insurance premium details accounts.

In order to resolve any leasehold difficulties faster, It is highly recommended that you instruct a property lawyer as early in the process as possible, and ideally before marketing the property.

Remortgaging in Gillingham

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


The base rate is now at 1.25% (June 2022). A good Gillingham remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with RBS or to a flexible mortgage with the Swansea Building Society, a remortgage specialist can help.

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Transferring equity in Gillingham

Do I need a solicitor to transfer equity in my Gillingham home?

If you wish to gift or transfer your share of a property you jointly own to someone else, you will need a solicitor to complete the 'Transfer of Equity'. For a low fixed fee, Your conveyancing solicitor will handle all the legal work for a equity transfer, and they can also complete remortgage conveyancing work at the same time.

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Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Gillingham

What are conveyancing disbursements?

Legal fees are paid to your property lawyer. Depending on your circumstances, these could include a equity loan fee or mortgage fee.

Disbursements are costs paid to third parties, such as property search companies.

How much should I be paying for conveyancing in 2022?

Market research in July, 2022 shows that the actual cost of conveyancing can vary significantly between property lawyers.

To accurately compare Gillingham conveyancing quotes, you should be aware of the potential additional fees charged by some solicitors that could increase the cost of your property sale or purchase.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General Gillingham property lawyers FAQs

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Gillingham?

Conveyancing fees will include legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the taxes and additional costs incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as Stamp Duty or planning documents. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Your conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Gillingham are fixed, - what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Gillingham move

Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote including all of the legal costs involved in buying and selling your home.

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How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Gillingham and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

  • No Move, No Fee Guarantee
  • Fixed fee conveyancing service
  • Gillingham experts
  • CQS-accredited panel solicitors
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