Sittingbourne conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Swale Borough Council?

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

Band Swale Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1118.09
B £1304.43
C £1490.78
D £1677.13
E £2049.83
F £2422.52
G £2795.22
H £3354.26

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Sittingbourne conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne offer their services on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of property lawyers work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your conveyancing quote will explain in detail what you will pay when your property transaction completes.

If, for any reason at all, your property transaction does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Sittingbourne which property searches will I require?

The standard pack includes:

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

Sometimes the location of the property will warrant specialist searches such as a mining search.

To work out the price of searches on a Sittingbourne property use our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

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

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be complicated. The many potential traps lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and onerous covenants.

Your 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 a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.

The solicitor acting for the buyer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents, like a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. Delays are usually the result of the time needed by your lawyer to source this information.

Your conveyancing solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed, because the managing agent's information can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the managing agent.

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

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

The conveyancing for buying a new build home in Sittingbourne can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A good solicitor in Sittingbourne must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, verifying rights of access and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Castle.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in helping buyers get a successful transaction 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.

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

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 proactive conveyancing solicitor in Sittingbourne can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancers are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a variable-rate with Birmingham Midshires or to a two-year discount with the Bank of Ireland, we can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender