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The west London district of Kensington forms part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Its most densely populated and affluent area is South Kensington, home to many museums and other cultural venues. Although it is a vibrant urban area, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park create green buffer to the north east.

Prime properties in Kensington include large detached mansions and imposing terraced townhouses, mansion blocks and apartments, as well as smaller mews houses.

Being highly sought-after, property prices are high, with Holland Park and Kensington Palace Gardens the most exclusive areas.

Attracting people from all over the world, Kensington has vibrant and eclectic mix of residents.

Kensington conveyancing FAQs

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

Kensington is situated in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Council tax bands 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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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Kensington?

Conveyancing fees are comprised of legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on your behalf, e.g. Stamp Duty Land Tax or bankruptcy searches. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Kensington are fixed, which means that for a standard transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no sneaky additional fees

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Kensington property sale or purchase

Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Kensington sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a property in Kensington which property searches will I require?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

On occasion the solicitor will recommend additional searches e.g. a radon gas search.

To find out the total cost of searches on a Kensington move, use our conveyancing calculator.

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How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Almost all flats are leasehold. Buying leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold house because leasehold transactions involve more work.

Varied factors, such as absent freeholders or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Kensington?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat is much more complicated than for a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Kensington must undertake additional work, and this could include sourcing all relevant freeholder information, through to a copy of the service charge budget for the current year (and any anticipated payments on account).

In order to resolve any leasehold issues faster, It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a Kensington conveyancing solicitor as soon as the property is marketed, if not before,.

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

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

A solicitor in Kensington must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, dealing with incomplete service connection agreements and working with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Castle.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers 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.

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

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Kensington could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancing solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a flexible mortgage with Bradford & Bingley or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Market Harborough Building Society, we can help.

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