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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

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

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

Band Medway Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1082.93
B £1263.41
C £1443.90
D £1624.39
E £1985.37
F £2346.34
G £2707.32
H £3248.78

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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.

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

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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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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, try our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

can 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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Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

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,.

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


The base rate is now at 0.1% (Jul 2020). A good Gillingham remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing team 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, our remortgage specialists can help.

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