Residential Purchase Estimated Charges

Conveyancing Estimated Charges

RESIDENTIAL FREEHOLD PURCHASE

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the purchase of your new property, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees

  • Legal fee up to 0.5% of the value of the transaction plus VAT and where your matter is a special case there will be an additional charge (see below)
You may incur an additional charge where your matter falls into the following special cases:
  • Contract races
  • New builds
  • Synchronised chains
  • Auctions
Please note this list is not exhaustive. Please contact us with your circumstances for more information.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Search fees – depends on the location of the property
  • HM Land Registry fee – depends on the value of the transaction
  • Priority search £3
  • Bankruptcy search (if buying with a mortgage) £2 per person
  • Stamp Duty / Land Tax – This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Conveyancing process:

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential freehold property vary according to the circumstances but generally include the following:

  • Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Review conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership (if needed)
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
RESIDENTIAL LEASEHOLD PURCHASE

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the purchase of your new property, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees

  • Legal fee up to 0.5% of the value of the transaction plus VAT and where your matter is a special case there will be an additional charge (see below)
You may incur an additional charge where your matter falls into the following special cases:
  • Contract races
  • New builds
  • Synchronised chains
  • Auctions
Please note this list is not exhaustive. Please contact us with your circumstances for more information.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • Search fees – depends on location of property
  • HM Land Registry fee – depends on the value of the transaction
  • Priority search £3
  • Bankruptcy search (if buying with a mortgage) £2 per person
  • Stamp Duty / Land Tax – This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.
  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £150.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £150.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often the fee is between £50 and £150.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100 and £200.

General:

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances but generally include the following:

  • Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents and the lease
  • Carry out searches
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Liaise with the seller’s solicitor regarding a possible licence to assign if required by the lease and advise accordingly
  • Review conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership (if required)
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Deal with notifying your landlord that you own the property

How long will my property purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can complete the purchase of your property will depend on a number of factors. On average it can take 6-8 weeks to get to exchange of contracts. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 12 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 9 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

* Our fees assume that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. in the case of a leasehold interest, this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.