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Kent lies on the south-eastern tip of the UK, bordering Greater London to the north and the English Channel to the south. A key point for defence throughout history, the county has 26 castles in its southern area. The county town is Maidstone, with other important settlements including Dover, Canterbury, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Rochester.

Much of the industry is in the north of the county, close to London, while more rural areas, known as the Garden of England, have been predominantly cultivated for fruit and hops growing. Villages with less than 60 minute journey time to London include Bridge, Goudhurst and Beneden.

Kent conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in South Lakeland District Council?

Kent is situated in South Lakeland District Council. Council tax bands are:

Band South Lakeland District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1194.08
B £1393.09
C £1592.11
D £1791.12
E £2189.15
F £2587.17
G £2985.20
H £3582.24

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

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

Conveyancing fees include the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the taxes and additional costs incurred on your behalf, for example Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and landlord's notice fees. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Kent are fixed, which means that for a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is exactly what you pay

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in Kent?

Conveyancing searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Kent conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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

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

Purchasing a leasehold property in the UK is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The many potential problems lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and unfair clauses in the lease.

A leasehold solicitor 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?

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Kent?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more time-consuming than for a freehold house.

The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Kent will need to conduct additional work. This can involve obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to a copy of the service charge budget for the current year.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related difficulties sooner, It is strongly advised that the seller instruct a lawyer as early in the process as possible, and potentially before marketing the property,.

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

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Kent remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Conveyancing solicitors on the panel for all major lenders - so no matter whether you are moving to a lifetime tracker mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, we can help.

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