Our legal fees for the sale of a freehold property:
Minimum fee: £1,380 including VAT at 20%
Average fee: £1,600 including VAT at 20%
Our legal fees for the sale of a leasehold property:
Minimum fee: £1,500 including VAT at 20%
Average fee: £1,950 including VAT at 20%
Our fees are calculated based upon various factors that include the purchase price, the complexity of matters that affect the property, the desired timescale for the transaction and capacity at the time of instruction. Please contact us so that we can provide an estimate of costs tailored to your intended transaction.
Our fees detailed above are based on the assumption that the transaction is straightforward, without unforeseen complexities and that:
- the property is held under a single title at the Land Registry with no title defects;
- one contract is sent to one buyer;
- the sale is subject to an unconditional contract;
- the property is sold with vacant possession;
- completion takes place on the date agreed in the contract; and
- if you are selling a leasehold property, there is an existing lease (not the grant of a new lease), in an acceptable form with an effective management set up and not requiring formal variation of the provisions or an extension of the lease term.
Depending upon whether you are purchasing a freehold or leasehold property, you can also expect to pay the following additional fees:
Land Registry fee for copy title: £7.20 including VAT at 20%.
Estimated landlord’s management fee (leasehold properties): £180 including VAT at 20%.
Funds transfer fee to repay mortgage: £39.60 including VAT at 20%.
Funds transfer fee to pay the balance of the sale proceeds to you: £39.60 including VAT at 20%.
Any fee (usually not exceeding £20) charged by the Land Registry for a copy document referred to in your title.
For a leasehold sale, any administration fee charged by your lessor or managing agent for providing information required by your buyer’s solicitor, and any legal fees charged by your lessor for consent to sell if this is a condition of your lease.
What work do our fees cover? To:
- obtain and check the title to the property;
- obtain and check completed information forms with all relevant paperwork;
- obtain and check management information for a leasehold property;
- obtain an initial redemption figure if there is a mortgage;
- prepare and send a full pack of paperwork to the buyer’s solicitors;
- negotiate the sale contract;
- respond to enquiries from the buyer’s solicitors;
- proceed to exchange contracts and then complete the sale;
- transfer funds to redeem any mortgage;
- discharge commission due to your estate agent; and
- transfer any balance to your account.
How long can you expect your sale transaction to take?
The average time frame to complete the sale of a property is between 8 and 12 weeks.