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Purchase and sale of a freehold residential property

How much will it cost?

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, 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. If legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered, this may increase the cost of the service.

Our fees and disbursements are fixed as follows:

  • Our Costs                                         £650.00
  • VAT (20%)                                        £130.00
  • Search fees (purchase only)        £227.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee    £  30.00
  • Land Transaction Return Submission (purchase only) £60.00
  • Office copies (sale only) £6.00 – £15.00

Referral fees (if any):-

  • Amount of Referral fee to local estate agents = £100 – £200 plus VAT

Estimated total: £1,097.00 (purchase) £825.00 (sale) plus additional disbursements (if any)

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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax on a purchase.

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.

Additional Disbursements on a purchase:

  • Stamp Duty/LLT –    based on purchase price (see above)
  • Help to Buy ISA fee including VAT (if any) £60.00 per ISA
  • Land Registry Fees based on purchase price

£80,001 > £100,000   = £40.00

£100,001 > £200,000 = £95.00

£200,001 > £500,000 = £135.00

The Land Registry Fee is the fee that the Government Land Registry charges to register you as the new owner of the property and is based on the price you pay. A registration fee will always be payable. Note, most properties are already registered in their own individual title and the application is therefore to update that register. However, if the property isn’t already registered in its own separate title, the Land Registry charge a higher fee as there’s more work to be carried out to create a new register, the fee doubles. Examples of this are new builds and also purchases of a property that has been owned by the current owner from before the date when registration was first necessary.

We charge an additional Unregistered Land Fee of £150 plus VAT total £180.00, as additional work is required.

How long will it take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks.

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 up to 2 months. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such situation additional charges would apply.

The precise stages involved in the sale and purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents/prepare contract documentation if you are selling
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor/respond to enquiries if you are selling
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Attend upon you for the final Contract to be signed
  • 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/sale
  • Deal with payment of mortgages (sale)
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax (purchase)
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry (purchase)

Purchase and sale of a leasehold residential property

How much will it cost?

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the sale or purchase of your new home, 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.

Our Fees are fixed as follows:

  • Our Costs                                                          £895.00
  • VAT (20%)                                                         £179.00

Referral fee (if any) to Estate Agent

  • Amount of referral fee                                    £200.00
  • VAT Payable                                                       £  40.00

Stamp Duty Land Tax on purchase

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.

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.

Disbursements are:

  • Search fees  (purchase only)                         £227.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee                      £  30.00
  • Land Transaction Return Submission       £  60.00

Estimated total: £1,391.00 (purchase) and £1,120.00 (sale) plus additional disbursements (if any)

Additional disbursements could be*:

  • Stamp Duty/LLT – based on purchase price
  • Help to Buy ISA fee including VAT (if any) £60.00 per ISA
  • Land Registry Fees based on purchase price

£80,001 > £100,000   = £40.00

£100,001 > £200,000 = £95.00

£200,001 > £500,000 = £135.00

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £100 – £300.
  • 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 £200.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100 and £300.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100 and £200.

*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.

How long will it take?

The precise stages involved in the purchase and sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents/prepare contract documents if selling
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor/respond to enquiries if selling
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • 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/sale
  • Deal with payment of mortgages
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks. 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 up to 2 months or if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such situation additional charge would apply.

Our fee assumes that:

  • 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
  • This is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Mortgage and Re-mortgage of a freehold residential property

A mortgage and re-mortgage is when you apply to a lender to borrow money which is secured against your property. Our average legal fee to act on the mortgage and re-mortgage of a property is £300 plus VAT.

It does not include dealing with a contemporaneous Transfer of the property for which we would charge a further £300 plus VAT.

It does not include payments we make to third parties on your behalf known as disbursements, which can include the following:

  • Land Registry fees: These are fees payable to the Government Land Registry to obtain up to date copies of the registers of your property and copies of any deeds that they hold that are of interest to a lender, such as a Lease. The cost of obtaining these depends on the number of documents involved but is usually between £6 and £20. Vat isn’t payable
  • Freeholders/Managers Information fees: These are fees charged by a freeholder or manager of your property to provide information required on behalf of your lender. Sometimes the information is provided free of charge – for example, in the case of a house, all that may be required would be a receipt for the ground rent. However, a freeholder and/or manager of a leasehold flat might charge between £100 and £300 plus vat for providing all the information required. If such a fee arises in the case of your property. we’ll advise you once this is known and will ask you to pay the fee to us so that we can obtain the information
  • Notice of mortgage fee: If you take out a mortgage, then your lender will require that notice of the mortgage is given to any interested parties under the deeds. Accordingly, this is a fee charged by a third party to register the new mortgage and will usually apply if the property is leasehold. It may also arise if the property is freehold and there’s a specific requirement in the Deeds to give notification to a management company or similar. The fee varies depending what the Deeds say and/or what the third party demands. Often the fee is between £50 and £250 plus vat
  • Certificate of compliance fee: A Certificate of compliance from a third party is sometimes required under the terms of the Deeds, particularly in the case of flats. This might, for example, have been registered so that the third party can ensure that when a property changes hands, its requirements are dealt with and that any rent and/or service charge for communal areas has been paid up to date. Again, the fee is usually between £50 and £250 plus vat
Who will be dealing with my case?
Byron Richard Cross – Solicitor

Byron is a qualified Solicitor with over 10 years experience in Residential Conveyancing. Byron deals with all types of conveyancing transactions such as freehold, leasehold, new build, remortgages and transfer of equity. Byron consistently aims to complete transactions not only in the quickest time possible, but also to the highest standard in both client care and legal work. Byron was recognised as the College of Law Student of the Year in Property Law, and still consistently receives commendations for his work.

Pamela Hollingsworth – Conveyancing Assistant

Pamela is a Conveyancing assistant with over 25 years experience; dealing with all types of Residential Property transactions. Pam is sympathetic and understanding to clients needs and has a wide range of knowledge useful for any Conveyancing problem.

Jasmin Owens – Conveyancing Assistant

Jasmin is a highly motivated Conveyancing assistant who seeks to achieve a smooth, quick, and efficient Conveyancing service. Jasmin, with over 7 years experience, works to a high standard and seeks to excel on any Conveyancing transaction. This work ethic is reflected through her ability to deal with numerous types of Residential Property transactions.

Brian Cross – Solicitor

With over 25 years experience within the field of Residential Conveyancing, Brian has in depth experience for dealing with all types of Residential Conveyancing Transactions