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Maidstone is the county town of Kent and is linked to Rochester and the Thames estuary by the River Medway that runs through the town centre.

Already an attractive and lively market town with good amenities the centre has recently been regenerated and a new bypass is planned to ease congestion.

Situated close to the High Weald and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with excellent schools, Maidstone is popular with young families, keeping the property market buoyant and house prices above average for Kent. Popular Maidstone suburbs include Allington, Bearstead and Weavering.

Maidstone conveyancing FAQs

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

Maidstone is situated in Maidstone Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Maidstone Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1176.65
B £1372.75
C £1568.86
D £1764.97
E £2157.19
F £2549.40
G £2941.62
H £3529.94

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Maidstone conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Maidstone provide legal services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Your conveyancing solicitor will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the fees and disbursements will be when your house purchase or sale completes.

If, for whatever reason, your house purchase or sale does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Move, 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 Maidstone?

Property searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Maidstone 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 Maidstone - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like undisclosed major works and unfair 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?

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

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 Maidstone 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 Maidstone conveyancing solicitor as soon as the property is marketed, if not before,.

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

The legal work for acquiring a new build home in Maidstone is more complicated than buying an existing property.

Your solicitor in Maidstone must be able to deal with things like handling reservation fees, administering Help to Buy purchases and .

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are experts in representing buyers to achieve the best possible outcome 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 Maidstone - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Maidstone can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our network of solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with RBS or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, Quittance can help.

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