Thank you for looking at our property services. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an investor, we are here to take the stress out of buying and selling leasehold property.
We will guide you through each step of your transaction, tailoring our service to fit your requirements, so you can have complete peace of mind that every detail has been properly handled. Where necessary, we can also recommend other professionals such as Surveyors, IFA’s and property valuers, giving you access to all the expertise you need.
At a time where money really matters, we take care to provide a high quality, value-for-money service you can rely on. We will keep you regularly advised of every detail you need to know so you can make informed decisions and conclude your leasehold property transaction promptly and with the minimum possible stress and hassle.
We have an experienced team who understand the stress involved in buying, selling or re-mortgaging your property. Our approach is a simple – we provide a first-class service from our expert team who make the difference by taking the stress away from you and dealing with all the details of your transaction on your behalf.
We know that communication is key, especially when dealing with the complex issues that can sometimes be involved with leasehold property. Our team are made up of highly qualified Solicitors, Legal Executives and Conveyancers who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner, but also have the people skills to ensure you are kept informed of everything you need to know in plain English.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have.
We realised that this is potentially the biggest investment of your life and we not only want to provide the first-class service you deserve, but also real value for money with no hidden fees.
We are proud to hold CQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care
We know how important cost is when deciding who to use for leasehold conveyancing, so we review our fees on a regular basis, taking into account clients’ feedback, so we can make sure we always offer great value.
We typically work on a fixed fee basis, so that from the outset you know what the fees will be for your transaction. If during the transaction there is a new development, we will discuss the change in fees with you and agree a way forward.
Our fees are set out as:
Leasehold Residential Property (Excludes Shared Ownership)
All fees exclusive of VAT and disbursements
Includes our fees for acting for Lender if instructed by them
Price of property
0 - 125,000
125,001 - 200,000
200,001 - 300,000
300,001 - 300,000
400,001 - 500,000
500,001 - 600,000
600,001 - 750,000
750,001 - 999,999
1 million & over
To Be Confirmed
To be added where appropriate:
Transfer of monies (in all cases)
Our fees for effecting CHAPS transfer of funds (including bank’s charge to us) - £39.00 (inclusive of VAT)
Purchase with Help to Buy Scheme - add to above £350 +VAT
Purchase with Help to Buy ISA - add to above £50 + VAT
Purchase of a New Build - add to above £100 + VAT
Please call us for a personalised estimate or to discuss your proposed transaction
Please call us for a personalised estimate for your shared ownership leasehold purchase
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 we anticipate are as follows:
Land Registry fees (for purchase at £300,000 : variable scale)
Local Authority Search (Central Beds Council)
Drainage Search (Anglian)
Ground Stability Search (optional)
|H M Land Registry Search (per title number)||3.00|
|Bankruptcy Search fee (per name)||4.00|
|Company Search (not required in every case)||TBA|
|Panel Management Fee (inc VAT) **||12.00|
|Electronic Identification Check||5.40|
*Stamp Duty depends on the value of the property and your personal circumstances, for example if you will be selling your main residential home (if any) at the same time as the purchase of this property or if you are a first time buyer or buying an additional residential property.
** Many lenders now use a portal or panel for lending documentation and this involves payment of a fee to that panel.
Electronic Search Fee - £5.50 + VAT
We offer a service which enables us to apply for all searches on-line. Our service provider is linked direct with Local Authorities, Water Authorities, Environmental Agencies, the Land Registry, and a number of other agencies. Many search results can now be obtained within minutes, rather than days, or even weeks.
The electronic search fee is fixed and the fee is incurred at the outset of the transaction. The use of on-line services will ensure that your purchase transaction is not delayed unnecessarily by avoiding the need to wait for searches submitted by post.
There may be additional fees payable to obtain documents or fees payable if you need to get documents from the Land Registry or carry out other searches or registrations at the Land Registry or elsewhere.
When buying a leasehold property there may be other expenses which vary from property to property. We will give you an accurate figure for these fees which are payable to others as soon as they are known.
You should also be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.
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.
We do not undertake tax advice.
Our fees are fixed, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
- If you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
- If crucial documents, we have previously requested from you have not been provided to us
- If the property is a new build
- If the property is less than 10 years old
- If you require to exchange within 6 weeks of instructing us
- If you require completion within 6 weeks of instructing us
- If you require simultaneous exchange and completion
For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and other factors involved. The average process takes between 10 - 14 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 longer. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.
Our fee assumes that:
- This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise, including (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
With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice
- Checking finances are in place to fund purchase and contacting lender's solicitors if needed
- Receiving and advising on contract documents
- Carrying out searches
- Obtaining further planning documentation if required
- Making any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
- Giving you advice on all documents and information received
- Going through the conditions of your mortgage offer
- Sending the final contract to you for signature
- Draft Transfer
- Advising you on joint ownership
- Obtaining pre-completion searches
- Agreeing a completion date (the date from which you own the property)
- Exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened
- Arranging for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
- Completing purchase
- Dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
- Dealing with application for registration at Land Registry