Conveyancing Solicitors in Dover

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Conveyancing in Dover

Conveyancing describes the legal transfer of property ownership, and includes all the administrative and legal work carried out by a solicitor. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Dover, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have years of experience helping homemovers in Dover and throughout Kent handle their sale, purchase, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Canterbury, Folkestone, Gillingham and Medway

Dover Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Dover

A historic town in Kent, Dover is known for its white cliffs, Dover Castle, and its ferry port. Popular residential areas include River and Kearsney. Dover has a railway station, providing links to London and Canterbury. Dover has a population of approximately 31,000.

Dover house prices

The average price paid for a property in Dover between February and March 2024 was £286,248 (updated June 2024).

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Council Tax in Dover (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,433.94
B £1,672.93
C £1,911.92
D £2,150.91
E £2,628.89
F £3,106.87
G £3,584.85
H £4,301.82

What do Dover conveyancing solicitors do?

A conveyancing solicitor guides the buyer through the legal aspects of transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer. Your lawyer will raise enquires of the seller's solicitor, order searches, review the lease (if applicable) and fulfil post-completion formalities, such as paying Stamp Duty.

Dover conveyancing solicitors may carry out chalk mining searches.

Are you buying a property with a mortgage?

When buying a home with a mortgage, it is standard for your solicitor to also act for your bank or building society.

If your conveyancing solicitor is not on your lender's panel, your purchase could take weeks longer.

Over 100 building societies, banks and lenders have approved our chosen panel solicitors, so we can help you complete your Dover transaction smoothly.

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We can help home buyers in Dover with the legal work for:

Listed buildings

There are around 500,000 listed properties in England and Wales - around 1,990 of which are in Dover District Council.

Dover listed buildings and properties include:

  • 1 Coppin Street, Deal, Dover, Kent
  • 2 Crown Court, Deal, Dover, Kent
  • 3 Dolphin Street, Deal, Dover, Kent
  • 21 And 23 Farrier Street, Deal, Dover, Kent
  • 2 And 4 Farrier Street, Deal, Dover, Kent

Buying and owning a listed property is not for the faint-hearted. Examples of the duties that listed building owners face include consent for additions like solar panels, and an obligation to employ traditional construction techniques . Our specialist panel of property solicitors will discuss with you the obligations imposed by listed property ownership.

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Selling a property in Dover

The sale of a house or flat in Dover will require the solicitor to first compile key documents, including the contract of sale and assorted property information forms, and help you fill out these forms.

The conveyancer's duties entail responding to the buyer's solicitor's questions and dealing with complications like a defective lease.

The solicitor will coordinate with all parties, like agents, managing agents and lenders, ensuring that the transfer of ownership completes quickly.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The legal work for selling a leasehold house or flat can result in long delays.

The buyer's conveyancer will want to see several leasehold-related documents, such as three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time required by the solicitor to source this information is commonly the source of delays.

The solicitor should get this underway as soon as possible, as this paperwork can take a long time to gather if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond.

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Remortgage conveyancing

The official base rate is 5.25% (24 June, 2024)

Before appointing a solicitor, verify your chosen lender's legal panel includes your conveyancing solicitor.

We work with remortgage solicitors who can act for over 100 building societies and banks. Whether you are switching to a 5-year fixed rate from NatWest or taking out a buy to let mortgage from Atom Bank, our panel solicitors will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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Transfer of equity

If you are intending to change the ownership structure of your property, whether you are dealing with inheritance tax planning, adding your spouse to the deeds or transferring the ownership of your property to a child, you will need to transfer equity.

Your lawyer will complete the process for a low, fixed fee.

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How much are solicitors' conveyancing fees in Dover?

Getting an online quote for conveyancing takes moments - but understanding what is and isn't included in the quote can be challenging.

Legal fees

The quote will set out the legal fees (inc. VAT) to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes. Conveyancing fees are paid to your conveyancer for the work they complete on your behalf.

Disbursements

Disbursements are additional costs on top of your conveyancer's fees for third-party costs incurred on your behalf. Third-party disbursements include Stamp Duty and property searches.

Check what's included in your quote

Make sure you question any charges not set out in your initial quote, when comparing quotes. Some firms list extra charges in their terms and conditions, resulting in a final bill that is higher than the original quote.

Article by Completely Moved authors

The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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