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Housing and Property Fees


  1. Purchase of a Freehold Residential Property

  2. Purchase of a leasehold Residential Property

  3. Mortgage or Re-Mortgage of Freehold or Leasehold Property

  4. Additional fees you may be Expected to Pay

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our Fees

The estimate provided to you via our online quoting tool will 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.*
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 Transaction 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.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on some occasions be more than the estimate supplied.  We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.  See below for a list of what else could be payable.

How long will my freehold purchase 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 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 an empty property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a property that has several parties in the chain, this can sometimes take significantly longer, between 8 and 12 weeks.

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
  • The title to the property is not unregistered or made up of several separate titles
  • 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.

Stages Of The Buying Process

The precise stages involved in the 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
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • 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

 

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees

The estimate provided to you via our online quoting tool will 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.*

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.

Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements

Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 - £100.
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 - £100.
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 - £150.
Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £80 - £120.

These figures 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 the lease and supporting 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.

Stamp Duty or Land Transaction 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.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on some occasions be more than the estimate supplied.  We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.  See below for a list of what else could be payable.

Stages Of The Buying Process

The precise stages involved in the purchase 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
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • 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
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my leasehold purchase 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 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

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 or Re-Mortgage of Freehold or Leasehold Property

Our Fees

The estimate provided to you via our online quoting tool will cover all of the work required to complete your mortgage, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry.*

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.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on some occasions be more than the estimate supplied.  We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.  See below for a list of what else could be payable.

What are the stages of the process mortgaging or re-mortgaging?

The precise stages involved in the transaction will vary according to the circumstances. However, our service to you will normally include the following:-

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain details of amount required to repay any existing mortgages
  • Check finances are in place to and contact lender if needed
  • Receive mortgage offer which usually includes instructions to act for the lender as well as the client borrower
  • Carry out necessary searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send mortgage documents to you for signature
  • Agree completion date
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender
  • Complete mortgage, repay any existing mortgages, and account to you
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Deal with any necessary Notice of Mortgage or Certificate of Compliance (leasehold properties)

How long will my transaction take?

We completely understand that you would like some idea of how long the matter will take to deal with and we will do whatever we can to complete the matter in accordance with your preferred timescale. However it is sometimes the case that matters arise which delay a transaction.

We will do whatever we can to identify any such matters as early as possible in order that you may plan accordingly.

In our experience, most mortgages or re-mortgage transactions complete between 6 and 8 weeks from the date that we receive a valid mortgage offer.

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
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Additional Fees you may reasonably be expected to pay

Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £30
Dealing with an unregistered title £200
Preparation and completion of a Deed of Covenant £75
Dealing with third party lawyers (eg on a matrimonial sale) £200
Removal of registered cautions/restrictions/second charges £150
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £300
Where your lender has separate solicitors £300
Where there is a freehold management company £100

 

Who will deal with my matter?

Our Conveyancing Team is made up of the following individuals:-

Tanya Pritchard
Licensed Conveyancer & Head of Property
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Andrew Luxton
Conveyancing Executive
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Charlie Spowart
Paralegal
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Louisa Gillard
Secretary
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Sally Robinson
Secretary
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Except where we have quoted a fixed fee for your matter, our charges will be based on the time spent working on your file based on the relevant fee earners hourly rateSave where work is undertaken for an agreed fixed price, our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.Request a quote here as set out below.  The hourly rate will also apply if your matter does not proceed to completion.

Tanya Pritchard - £210.00 plus VAT

Andrew Luxton - £195.00 plus VAT

Except where we have quoted a fixed fee for your matter, our charges will be based on the time spent working on your file based on the relevant fee earners hourly rate.  Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective. The relevant hourly rate will also apply if your matter does not proceed to completion.

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