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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Rochester travel information:

As reported in the 2011 national census Rochester has a residential population 607,143 spread over an area of 99,452 hectares (245,751 acres) which equals a residential population density 6.1 people per hectare or 2.5 per acre.

Strood Kent station is approximately 1 mile from Rochester and Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport is 3 miles from Rochester. London City Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 15 miles, Rochester Airport is 3 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 21 mile away.

Rochester is around a mile and a half of the M2 junction entry 2 Eastbound.

The nearest hospital to Rochester is St Bartholomews Chatham.


There are lots of 'cheap' offers, but how do we find a good one? We are looking for affordable conveyancing in Rochester.


This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees will be included in small print which buyers may have not read carefully Additional costs listed in the small print needs to be reasonable and clear.


Is it recommended that we get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Rochester house close to a church constructed in the 1200s.


Property owners proximate to nearby church property are expected to fund repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Ecclesiastical properties in the area where a chancel search may be necessary include Borstal St Matthew, Cathedral, St Justus and St Margaret.


The residence in Rochester being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Is barium soil contamination likely?


Rochester and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as industrial storage.


I am buying a 1930s house in a designated conservation area in Rochester. Where does one get details relating to the standard of upkeep?


Local Rochester conservation areas are specified by Medway who police everything from street furniture to the obstruction of new developments. English Heritage, a government body, maintain details in relation to the state of conservation areas along with the exposure to deterioration or improvement.


We want to complete on the legal process our freehold flat in under 30 days, are you very fast Rochester solicitors ?


Generally solicitors are far too inactive which brings additional pressure to the house legal process. Our approach to conveyancing is different as we have invested in modern fast response systems .

More importantly , we always assign a lawyer incentivised to communicate with all parties in the property chain .


What issues help with arranging fast legal work?


Primarily, fast conveyancing is essential to instruct a proactive, diligent conveyancer. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?


Which of the Rochester lender panels are your solicitors on?


Of lenders with offices nearby Rochester, we closely with many. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Unique, Riseley House/4 New Rd, Rochester, ME1 1BD, Miller Regis, 1 Esplanade, Rochester, ME1 1QE, and Medway Mortgage Shop, 159 High St, Strood, Rochester, ME2 4TH.


As a result of the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began we are anxious that flood risk searches won't be detailed enough?


Flood risk searches carried out by the conveyancing solicitor in Rochester will also include the more specialist search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you remain worried you can always consult one of your future neighbours or local Kent flood repair builder - like Rainbow International, Unit 6 Rochester Trade Park/Rochester Airport Ind Est/Maidst, Rochester, ME1 3QY Tel: 01634 843777.