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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

How much is the council tax in Medway Council?

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

Band Medway Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1082.93
B £1263.41
C £1443.90
D £1624.39
E £1985.37
F £2346.34
G £2707.32
H £3248.78

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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 we quote is exactly what you pay

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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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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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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.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

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.

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 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Medway remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancing team 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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