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Conveyancing Fees

Sale, Purchase or Remortgage of a freehold or leasehold residential property in England or Wales

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration of your title at the Land Registry.

Our fees, which are calculated using a scale and are based on the value of the transaction i.e. the sale or purchase price.  Use our Instant Estimate button above to obtain an Estimation of Costs.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax


The amount payable by you to the Government 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.

Higher rates for additional properties

You’ll usually have to pay 3% on top of the normal SDLT rates if buying a new residential property means you’ll own more than one.

 

You may not have to pay the higher rates if you exchanged contracts before 26 November 2015.

Use the SDLT Calculator to work out how much tax you’ll pay.

If you’re replacing your main residence

You will not pay the extra 3% SDLT if the property you’re buying is replacing your main residence and that has already been sold.

If there’s a delay selling your main residence and it has not been sold on the day you complete your new purchase:


  • You will have to pay higher rates because you own 2 properties
  • you may be able to get a refund of the surcharge element if you sell your previous main home within 36 months

There are special rules if you own property with someone else or already own a property outside England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Apply for a repayment of the higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search and notice fees.

We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. If the property is leasehold there are certain disbursements which will be set out in the  lease document 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.

HM Land Registry fee – this is based on the price paid for the property and can be accessed via the Land Registry website

Search fees – these include a Local Authority Search, Drainage Search and  Environmental Search. You should budget £200 for these.

How long will my house 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 10 – 12 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 completed new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 4 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer and in such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the 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:

Stage 1

Take your instructions and give you initial advice

Stage 2

Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

Stage 3

Receive and advise on contract documents

Stage 4

Carry out searches

Stage 5

Obtain further planning documentation if required

Stage 6

Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor

Stage 7

Give you advice on all documents and information received

Stage 8

Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

Stage 9

Send final contract to you for signature

Stage 10

Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

Stage 11

Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

On a leasehold purchase, 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.

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