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Updated: 14/01/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Canterbury -

By road: Canterbury is served by the A2 and A28. By rail: The nearest train stations are Canterbury East and Canterbury West. By air: The closest airport to Canterbury is Rochester Airport (29 miles).

Hospital: Kent and Canterbury, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG. Council: Canterbury City Council (

Attractions: Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Heritage Museum, Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, St. Augustine’s Abbey, Kent Museum of Freemasonry, and The Canterbury Tales.


Which particular conveyancing searches should a property lawyer order for a Canterbury property?

The normal legal protocol is to order a Local Authority (personal or official) Search, a Drainage and Water Search, an Environmental Search, and, for Kent specifically given its industrial history, a Coal-Mining Search. In addition, and depending on certain criteria, less common searches may be ordered, such as a Land Charges Search (K15). These are disbursements (third party payments) and are passed on to you at cost. Homeward Legal makes the distinction between what constitutes a fee and what comprises disbursements clear so that you can manage your costs, and you’ll know what your final legal bill will be. Try our online quote calculator, or call our experts on 0800 039 6699 for a fixed-fee quote reinforced by our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.


Which mortgage lenders in Canterbury do you work with?

Being a large city, Canterbury hosts a number of mortgage lenders and brokers, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, and Homeward Legal has regularly worked with the majority of them. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Great Stour Associates, 75 Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR
  • Nationwide Building Society, 4-5 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JH
  • Meridian Mortgages, 76 St. Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BN

How long should it take for a solicitor to finish all the conveyancing work for a semi-detached, Victorian home we want to buy in Canterbury?

There are several horror stories depicting how long the conveyancing process can take. Some lawyers can do it in as little as 3 weeks, while other transactions can take up to three months. In large part, this is down to the unwillingness of some of the parties in the chain to speed up the communication. At Homeward Legal, our highly-experienced conveyancers are very proactive with the goal of you moving home as quickly as possible, with a target of six weeks at most. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to organize your fixed-fee quote and to discuss your conveyancing needs.


What will the SDLT be for a £750,000 residence I am purchasing in Canterbury?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate depends on a number of factors but principally on the price you bought your property for. If your building was purchased for under £125,000, you will not have to pay any stamp duty. In the example cited, the duty owed would be £27,500 on a property bought for £750,000. Note that the government’s budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at


We want to exchange contracts on the conveyancing for our auctioned, leasehold flat in Canterbury within four weeks, so are you fast conveyancers?

Homeward Legal adopts a very efficient approach to completing the necessary legal work for movers to meet the home-seller’s needs. We always allocate you to carefully-chosen solicitors, who will efficiently communicate through the whole buyer and seller chain. Additionally, Homeward Legal’s conveyancing solicitors are chosen because they always use modern, land-registry-integrated, information technology systems to complete your move without hitch. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to find out more and to organise your fixed-fee conveyancing quote.


Are there any areas of conservation in Canterbury?

If you are buying in Canterbury, you should be aware that there are several local conservation areas. These are regions of the city that have been designated as having architectural or historical interest (for example, the centres of historic towns and cities, like Canterbury, country houses, or 18th- or 19th-century suburbs). You may wish to contact the local council, if you have specific questions, but your conveyancing lawyer will address this during the conveyancing process. This can include an assessment of any unauthorised work carried out on your property.


As we are buying a house in the Sturry area of Canterbury, is it necessary to get a search for chancel liability?

At the beginning of the millennium, in a landmark case, the Law Lords reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of homes close to church property must cover the cost of church repairs, if requested by the parochial church council. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. The conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise whether such a search

is necessary and, if so, recommend suitable indemnity insurance. Churches in the local area include:

  • Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH
  • St. Mary Bredin, 59 Nunnery Fields, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3JN
  • St. Stephen’s, Hales Drive, Canterbury, CT2 7AB
  • St. Martin and St. Paul’s, Church Street, Canterbury, CT1 1NH

For a speedy exchange and completion on the purchase of a £445,000 Canterbury property, what should we do to guarantee the acceleration of the transaction?

Key to an increase in the pace of the conveyancing transaction is to instruct a property lawyer as early as possible. When choosing a property lawyer, you should consider these questions:

  • Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact?

Homeward Legal offers this and more. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.


We are going to buy a 1950s investment property within a conservation area. How do we uncover more data in relation to the state of repair of the area?


English Heritage have assembled records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Conservation areas in Canterbury are set up by the local authority (Canterbury) who administer everything from paths and footpaths to the inhibition of street clutter.


For a fast conveyancing process on the purchase of a £208,000 house, what do we need to get?


It is a truism that a fast completion is essential to is to employing a communicative property lawyer. Beyond that, there are numerous things you as the purchaser can also do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • quickly completing and return any forms
  • confirming your mortgage offer
  • requesting status updates from the property lawyer regularly


As a consequence of the fact that last year was second wettest year since on record I am asking whether environmental searches aren't exacting enough?


Flood risk searches conducted by a Canterbury conveyancing solicitor will also include the far more informative flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are apprehensive why not visit a neighbour of the property or nearby Kent flood damage business for example: Rainbow International, Unit 4-5 City Business Park/Marshwood Cl, Canterbury, CT1 1DX Tel: 01227 459644.


We want to exchange contracts on the conveyancing on our auctioned leasehold flat within 4 weeks, are you fast Canterbury conveyancers ?


Homeward Legal adopts a very efficient approach to completing the necessary legal work for movers to meet the home sellers needs.

Homeward Legal always allocate you to chosen solicitors who will efficiently communicate through the whole of the buyer and seller chain .

Additionally Homeward Legals conveyancing solicitors are actually chosen because they always use modern land registry integrated and information technology systems to complete your move without hitch.


Which particular property searches conveyancing searches should a Canterbury property lawyer order for a Canterbury property?


Normal legal protocol is to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search, Environmental and Coal Mining Search and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches such as Land Charges Search (K15).


Is soil in Canterbury contaminated by uranium (U)?


Restrictions exist in order to limit topsoil contamination, decades after exposure the effect of some contaminants can be felt. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Canterbury, including local authorities.


In the next month we are looking to be finally moving from our terraced property just outside Canterbury to a flat in Broadstairs . At what point to choose a home removal firm?


Homeward Legal usually advocate that buyers put off booking a removals company until such time as formal exchange of contracts has occurred as commonly a moving date wont have been scheduled. The greater majority of removals firms might impose a late cancellation charge

Speak to All Van Services, 63 Island Rd, Sturry, Canterbury, CT2 0EF on 07999 446400 or Jordan & Jarrett Ltd, International House/Marshwood Ind Est/Marshwood Cl, Canterbury, CT1 1DX Phone: 01227 463075.