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Kingston upon Thames, historically an ancient market town in Surrey, is part of Greater London and the administrative centre of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Close to Henry VIII's Hampton Court it was the site of the coronation of many Saxon kings - marked by the Coronation stone at the Guildhall.

The town is popular with buyers looking to move further out of London to be closer to Richmond Park, but still have access by rail to Waterloo.

Average prices are just under £500,000, but spacious Victorian homes with large gardens in North Kingston or Kingston Vale are valued at closer to £1 million.

Kingston Upon Thames conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames?

Kingston Upon Thames is situated in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1181.13
B £1377.98
C £1574.84
D £1771.69
E £2165.40
F £2559.11
G £2952.82
H £3543.38

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Are Kingston Upon Thames conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Kingston Upon Thames offer services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your quote will set out what the fees and disbursements will be when your move completes.

If, for whatever reason, your move does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Kingston Upon Thames?

Property searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Kingston Upon Thames conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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 Kingston Upon Thames - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and unreasonable lease extension premiums.

A specialist 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?

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat can take much longer.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see several leasehold-related documents, like management company information and a current statement of service charges. The time required by your solicitor to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed, as the managing agent's information could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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

I am buying a new build property in Kingston Upon Thames - what do I need to know?

The legal work for buying a new build in Kingston Upon Thames .

A good solicitor in Kingston Upon Thames must be able to deal with things like ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met, administering Help to Buy purchases and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and CRL.

Our highly experienced team of new build conveyancers are well versed in working with buyers towards 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 Kingston Upon Thames - do I need a solicitor?

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

The base rate is now at 0.1% (Jul 2020). A good Kingston Upon Thames remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Conveyancers on the panel for all major lenders - so whether you are you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with Britannia or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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