Find out more about conveyancing in Kent
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Kent, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in Kent, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in Kent: A mover's guide
Commonly known as the Garden of England thanks to its rolling green hills and pasture lands, Kent is also a highly desirable location to live in.
The Kent coast is a major draw for home movers, but inland lies the stunning North Downs and the Weald, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and confirmation of the delight of Kent living.
Are you keen on Kent? Read on to find out more about moving to the county and on conveyancing in Kent.
What does conveyancing in Kent involve?
When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for the paperwork and legal formalities that are part of the process. For example, if you are buying a home in Kent, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Kent conveyancing solicitors take care of the legal legwork on your behalf. Find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Kent?
To get an instant quote for conveyancing in Kent, use our online quote builder. Simply select your transaction of choice and enter a few details about yourself as well as the property. You'll get an instant quote on screen and confirmation of the quote via email. You can also call Homeward Legal on seven days a week or even arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you.
Why should I choose a Kent conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Homeward Legal is here for you when you need conveyancing in Kent. Here are just some of the reasons you can depend on us:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Kent will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- We offer no-completion protection so there are no legal fees if your move fails to complete for any reason.
- We only work with fully qualified professionals regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We always use plain English with no jargon, ensuring each part of the conveyancing process is easy to follow.
- We're proud of our hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot - a sure sign of excellent customer satisfaction.
*Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.
How much does conveyancing in Kent cost?
As each transaction is unique, there is no definitive answer to how much the final fees for conveyancing in Kent. For example, the value of the property involved will affect the costs, as does the property's tenure, whether leasehold or freehold. Your Kent conveyancing costs for a property purchase will include searches and Land Registry fees, solicitors' and bank transfer fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax*** and more. Read more in our guide to average conveyancing fees.
***Please Note; the government temporarily increased the amount at which stamp duty is paid to £500,000, for property sales in England and Northern Ireland. This was due to end on 31 March, but it was announced in the 2021 Budget that it will now end on 30 June. After this date, the starting rate of stamp duty will be £250,000 until the end of September. Stamp duty will then return to the level of £125,000.
The conveyancing process explained
Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.
Where are Kent's best home-mover destinations?
Both coastal and inland destinations have huge appeal for those moving to Kent, particularly commuters with one eye on a train to London. Historic Canterbury, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells often top the wish lists of home buyers, as do Sevenoaks and Maidstone. Other alluring locations include Whitstable, Ashford and Belvedere, along with the coastal towns of Whitstable, Margate and Faversham
How much does an average property cost in Kent?
Kent is very much split between affordable towns such as Dover and Thanet and the more upmarket, and expensive, spots such as Royal Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. In the Land Registry's most recent round-up of sold property prices in Kent as a whole, the average property sells for £298,935 in 2020. In Medway, which includes the likes of Strood, Rochester and Chatham, the average property costs £246,151, while in Ashford, it's £294,801. Move west to Sevenoaks and the average sold price leaps to £457,896. And in Tunbridge Wells, it's £375,188.
Is conveyancing in Kent slower when buying a leasehold property?
The two most popular types of property tenure in England for homeowners are leasehold and freehold. In leasehold property, a leaseholder only owns the property and not the land, which remains in the ownership of a freeholder (landowner). Buying leasehold can occasionally be more complicated and take a little longer because a Kent conveyancing solicitor must make specific enquiries from the freeholder. Our informative guide to buying leasehold has all you need to know.
Which council has control of schooling in Kent?
There are two councils within the county providing state education services: Kent County Council, which covers 11 council areas, and Medway Council, a unitary authority. The county also offers many independent, academy and religious school options. Check the Ofsted ratings for your chosen school on the government website.
Does Kent property have an increased flood risk?
Heavier rainfall and storms over recent years have led to increased serious flooding events across all areas of England. Parts of Kent may be at increased risk of both coastal and river flooding. Your Kent conveyancing solicitor can instruct a flood-risk search to reveal any potential threat from all types of flooding. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency's own guide to flood risk across England is a useful resource for home buyers.
What searches do I need for Kent conveyancing?
A Kent conveyancing solicitor will talk you through which conveyancing searches are essential. The county's historic coal-mining industry means, for example, that a mining search will be crucial. Our guide to all the searches that are important in conveyancing will tell you more. You can read in more detail about:
- Local authority search: Important for planning and information on conservation areas, such as Canterbury and Chatham.
- Environmental search: Reveals details of contaminated land and pollution, particularly important for former industrial activity and brownfield land development.
- Chancel repair liability search: A rare, historic charge relating to responsibility for repairs to the local Church of England parish church.
Is Kent good for commuters?
In one word, yes, Kent is the ideal county for those who commute. There is an extensive rail network connecting Kent with train services provided by Southeastern Trains, linking to London Victoria and London Bridge. The Eurostar service calls at Ashford. Dover and Folkestone are the main ferry terminals for continental Europe.
The M20 is the main motorway artery in the county, connecting to the M25 and on to the wider UK motorway network and into London and neighbouring counties. Kent Connected has public transport information for all local services.
Did you know?
The village of Chiddingstone, near Sevenoaks, is owned entirely by the National Trust and considered the most accurate example of a surviving Tudor village. Its name comes from the giant “chiding stone” in the village, which legend says was used by the Druids as an altar.
There are now actually eight oak trees in Sevenoaks. The town takes its name from the trees planted around 800AD, but the original are long gone, and modern replacements mean there are now eight oaks of varying age growing on the Vine.
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Towns and districts within this county include:
Ashford, Aylesford, Bearsted, Biggin-Hill, Birchington, Borough-Green, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Cranbrook, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Downham, East-Barming, Edenbridge, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Hawkhurst, Herne-Bay, Higham-Wood, Hythe, Isle-of-Sheppey, Keston, Kingsdown, Kingsnorth, Kingston-Park, Longfield, Maidstone, Margate, Maxton, Meopham, New-Romney, Northfleet, Otford, Paddock-Wood, Petts-Wood, Queenborough, Ramsgate, Rochester, Romney, Sandgate, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Shortlands, Sidcup, Sittingbourne, Slade-Green, Snodland, Strood, Sundridge-Park, Swanley, Swanscombe, Tenterden, Tonbridge, Tunbridge-Wells, Walderslade, West-Malling, Westerham, Westgate-on-Sea, Whitstable