Residential Sale Freehold and Leasehold

The Service

Acting for you in respect of your sale of a residential property:

As part of The Service we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced team to work on your matter
  • Take your initial instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain title documents from the Land Registry and prepare contact pack once you have completed the initial property information forms for the property you are selling
  • Draft your contract for sale and issue to the Buyer’s Conveyancer
  • Take your instructions on any enquiries raised by your Buyer’s Conveyancer.
  • Send you the final contract and arrange for you to sign in readiness for exchange
  • Agree completion date (date from when you will no longer own the property and will have had to vacated the premises)
  • Exchange Contracts and notify you that this has happened.
  • Approve Transfer from the Buyer’s Conveyancer and send to you for signature and witnessing.
  • Request your Estate Agents Commission Account for settlement on completion.
  • Complete your transaction and send you the proceeds of sale once all fees and balances due have been paid.
  • Send executed Transfer to the Buyer’s Conveyancer.
  • Please note this fee is based on all documents, communications being sent to you electronically.

In relation to leasehold properties we will also:

  • Obtain a copy of your Lease from the Land Registry/ you
  • Contact the Landlord/ Managing Agent for replies to Standard Leasehold Enquiries and raise any specific enquiries raised by your Buyer’s Conveyancer to the Landlord or their agents.
  • Advise you of any additional costs required pursuant to the Lease in respect of Landlord/ Managing Agents/ Management Company involved, as appropriate
  • Advise on service charge and ground rent pursuant to the Lease.

Where we are acting for you in relation to the discharge of a mortgage/ charge with a high street lender additional fees will apply, to include the following service:

  • Obtaining a redemption statement
  • Transferring the redemption amount to the Lender on completion

Obtaining discharge documents and sending to the Buyer’s Conveyancer following completion.

Average timescales

How long it will take from you accepting the buyer(s) offer to completing sale will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 to 8 weeks to exchange, and a further 2 weeks before completion, dependent on all parties involved being agreeable to the completion date.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling to a first time buyer it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, or a buyer involved in a chain, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 6 months.  It is dependent on how quickly an agreement is reached between the parties.

In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Leasehold matters often take longer due to the additional parties involved in the transaction, including Landlords/ Managing Agents/ Management Companies.

What is the Estimated Fee?

Our fee for dealing with a normal conveyancing property sale is:

£850 plus VAT for if your sale price is up to £150,000

£1,300 plus VAT if your sale price is between £150,001 and £300,000

£1600 – 1800 plus VAT if your sale price is between £300,001 and £600,000

£2,000 plus VAT if your sale price is between £600,001 and £750,000

For matters where the sale price is in excess of £750,000, we will confirm the fee based on the circumstances of that transaction

Please note these fees may vary based on the location of the property and the level of experience of the fee earner dealing with the matter.

For Leasehold properties outside of London we charge an additional £150 plus VAT, and for those within the M25 we charge an additional £250 plus VAT.

If there are charges/ mortgage over the property you are selling we charge and additional fee of £150 plus VAT, assuming the mortgage is with a high street lender.

Additional fees may apply in instances that fall outside of the normal conveyancing transaction. Please see Potential Additional Fee section below.

You should note that for all new clients of the firm, we will conduct an electronic ID search for Anti Money Laundering compliance. The administrative fee for arranging these checks is £25 to £37 plus VAT.

If we are arranging the transfer of funds electronically, we will charge a fee for our time involved in arranging each transfer, for example sending the proceeds of sale to you on completion and redeeming your existing mortgage, the cost of this and the amount we pay to the bank for the transfer is £35 plus VAT.

Information on Estimated Fees

Your fee will reflect work involved in your transaction.

Our fee assumes that:

  • This is a normal conveyancing 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 not the grant of a new lease in leasehold matters.
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arises
  • 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
  • This work will be undertaken by a lawyer supported by various other junior members of the team. If you require a designated lawyer/ fee earner to deal with your transaction additional fees may apply to suit your needs and service requirements.

No face to face meetings are required during the course of your transaction, save for any initial meeting whereon identification formalities and taking initial instructions are dealt with.

There may be additional documents and, requirements of your specific sale, be it based on the documentation required to transfer the title into the buyer’s name, or to deal with specific parties involved in your transaction. We have set out in the Potential Additional Fees section situations that may arise which would require us to charge you additional fees. We will of course notify you of any additional costs and disbursements before they are incurred.

Please note that if for any reason we are unable to proceed or you choose to close your matter after you have instructed us, you will still be charged for any work (including additional work) that we have carried out.

Preferential rates may apply to returning clients and those that are recommended to us by one of our business partners. Please contact us to find out more about any discounts that may be applicable.

Likely disbursements and recharges/ expenses (these are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursement on your behalf to ensure a smoother process)

  • Land Registry Title Documents (Freehold) £4 each (plus VAT)
  • Land Registry Title Documents (Leasehold) £4 (plus VAT)

Potential Additional Disbursements

  • In Leasehold matters we may also need to pay a fee to the Landlords Solicitors or Agents in respect of providing replies to Standard Leasehold Enquiries of the Landlord. This cost varies from one property to the next, depending on the fees confirmed in the Lease/ agreed with the Landlord. We will advise you of this cost, however this usually ranges between £100 – £450 plus VAT. It varies depending on who manages the building.
  • In leasehold matters, your Lease may require a Licence to Assign, depending on the terms of the Lease. The Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent may charge a fee for preparing and registering this document with them on completion of your sale. We will advise you of this cost, if appropriate, however the cost could range between £25 to £150 plus VAT
  • In leasehold matters, it may be required, as a term of your Lease that you require a Certificate of Compliance from the Landlord/ Managing Agent/ Company. The fee will be confirmed to you once we have reviewed the Lease and made enquiries with the Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent, however, the cost could range from £50 to £150 plus VAT.

You should note that these disbursements can vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate indication of costs once we have had sight of the specific documents for your sale..

Other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of your Lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the Seller’s Conveyancer.

Potential Additional Fees

We will always provide you with a fee estimate at the start of each new matter, therefore if you would like a bespoke estimate for your particular matter/ case please contact us to discuss.

Rest assured, if your case involves unexpected complications, we will always inform you, including any additional fees that may apply, so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed. You should be aware that additional fees will apply in the following situations:

  • Administering Service Charge Retentions in leasehold matters
  • Administration Fees if you require your documents by post.
  • Dealing with Lease Extension
  • Approval of a tenancy Agreement
  • Additional bank transfer costs (per transfer)
  • Administration fees for unpaid cheques
  • Administration costs for cheques stopped at client request
  • Completion required within 7 days of exchange of contracts
  • Dealing with sitting tenants or occupiers
  • Dealing with share of freehold for a leasehold property
  • Dealing with third party lawyers, e.g. in a matrimonial dispute
  • Dealing with trust property
  • Dealing with solar panel leases and unusual leases
  • Dealing with private charge holders
  • Dealing with Ground Rent or Service Charge (if you are not up to date)
  • Drafting Certificate of Consent/ compliance
  • Drafting RX3/4 form to remove a restriction on the title
  • Drafting and dealing with Deed of Covenant
  • Drafting and dealing with Deed of Easement (to grant or reserve rights)
  • Drafting additional contract packages for sale contract race.
  • Drafting Statutory Declaration or Statement of Truth
  • File Retrieval after completion from storage
  • General Power of Attorney
  • Liaising with third party solicitor (including the conveyancers/ solicitors acting on your related purchase)
  • Matrimonial disputed sale
  • Mutual Deed of Covenant for flying freehold
  • Obtaining Indemnity Insurance (each)
  • Redeeming a lender’s charge (per redemption)
  • Removal of Registered Restriction from the Land Registry Records
  • Removal of the registered caution from the Land Registry records
  • Repaying a legal charge/ mortgage over another property
  • Returning original documents
  • Sale at an undervalue
  • Share Equity/ Help to Buy
  • Shared Ownership
  • Simultaneous exchange and completion requested
  • Staircasing
  • Unregistered land
  • Updating your name and address on the Land Registry records
  • Voluntary First Registration for a sale

This list is not exhaustive, and if there are additional fees that you may incur we will inform you in advance. In addition to our legal fees for some items above you may incur an associated disbursement, such as additional Land Registry Fees, or Landlord Fees (if appropriate). We will inform you accordingly.

If you would like information on our other conveyancing related services please contact our any one of our Conveyancing Team Members on our main office number(s).