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Medway is a conurbation and unitary authority in Kent, comprising the towns of Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Rainham. It is one of the boroughs included in the Thames Gateway development scheme. Medway takes its name from the river Medway, which flows through the region.

Over half the borough is rural and includes parts of the North Kent Marshes, an environmentally significant wetlands region with several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Other areas of conservation include Ranscombe Farm on chalk grassland and woodland between Strood and Cuxton, with rare woodland flowers and orchids.

Medway Conveyancing: FAQs

The legal process for buying or selling a home is often complex. Our list of questions below cover the key things that Medway clients often ask. If you have a specific question that isn't covered, please call 0800 022 4108 to speak to a member of our team.

Buying property in Medway

How much is the Council Tax in Medway Council in 2022?

Medway is situated in Medway Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Medway Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,272.43
B £1,484.50
C £1,696.57
D £1,908.64
E £2,332.78
F £2,756.92
G £3,181.07
H £3,817.28

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I'm purchasing a property in Medway - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Regulated Water Search
  • Chancel liability insurance

On occasion the solicitor will advise additional searches such as a search.

To work out the price of searches on a Medway house or flat, use our conveyancing cost calculator.

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

Selling property in Medway

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

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is significantly more involved than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Medway must undertake additional tasks, and this could include obtaining an up-to-date service charge statement, through to details of planned major works.

To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a property lawyer as soon as possible.

Remortgaging in Medway

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

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

The Bank of England base rate is currently 1.25% (June 2022). A good Medway remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Conveyancing solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with Santander or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, Quittance can help.

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Transferring equity in Medway

Will I need a solicitor to transfer equity in my Medway property?

When one or more joint owners of a property transfers (gifts or sells) their share in a property, this is called a 'transfer of equity'. A solicitor can carry out the legal process for a transfer of equity, register the new owner(s) of the property and take care of any Stamp Duty paperwork. Your conveyancing solicitor can complete the process for a fixed fee.

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Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Medway

What's the difference between fees and disbursements?

Legal fees, such as the gifted deposit fee and Help to Buy fee, are paid to your solicitor or conveyancer for the work they do.

Disbursements are third-party costs, like TT fee or bankruptcy search fee.

How much will my conveyancing legal fees be in 2022?

When you compare conveyancing quotes for your Medway home move, check the fine print for potential extra fees and costs. An online quote should reflect everything required for standard conveyancing. Potential hidden fees could add £100s to your final bill.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General Medway property lawyers FAQs

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the taxes and additional costs incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, e.g. HMLR fees and property searches. Legal fees are for the solicitor's legal work.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Medway are fixed, so for a standard conveyancing transaction, what you are quoted is exactly what you pay

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Medway move

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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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold home because there is more to prepare and there is greater complexity.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from absent freeholders to incomplete managing agent information.

Specialist leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Medway and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

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  • Medway experts
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