Purchase of a residential property

Purchase of a Residential Property

Costs and Service Information

Prices

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Lewis Rodgers; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

Fees charged by Lewis Rodgers

Property Value Freehold Leasehold
  Legal Fee VAT Total Legal Fee VAT Total
Up to £150,000.00 £600.00 £120.00 £720.00 £700.00 £140.00 £840.00
£150,001.00 - £250,000.00 £650.00 £130.00 £780.00 £750.00 £150.00 £900.00
£250,001.00 - £400,000.00 £750.00 £150.00 £900.00 £850.00 £170.00 £1,020.00
£400,001.00 + Please call us for your bespoke quote.

Additional legal fees charged by Lewis Rogers

If you are buying through 'Right to Buy’ Please add £50.00 + VAT (£60.00 including VAT) to the fees quoted in the table above.

If you are buying through ‘Help to Buy’ Please add £50.00 + VAT (£60.00 including VAT) to the fees quoted in the table above.

Fees payable to third parties (‘Disbursements’)

Disbursement Cost
Bank Telegraphic Transfer Fee £36.00
Search pack
(to include Local Authority search, coal search, Groundsure Home Buyers and drainage search)
£193.80
Land Registry search £3.00
Bankruptcy Search

(if purchasing with a mortgage)
£2.00 per person
Office Copies £3.00 per item
(4 copies required on average)
Land Registry fee Dependent on the property value please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees#... to calculate your fee.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Dependant on property value and type of buyer you are. Please visit https://www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk/ to calculate your fee.
Purchase Assignment Notice Fee (Leasehold purchases only) Average fee of £50.00 - £150.00

Work included and key stages

The precise work and stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical purchase transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact the lender's solicitors if needed.
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches.
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through the conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Check the title of the property and prepare the document to transfer ownership to you.
  • Send the final contract to you for signature and ask you to pay the agreed deposit to us so that contracts can be exchanged.
  • Agree a 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 the lender (if applicable) and you.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry.
  • Notify you and your lender (if applicable) of registration once confirmed.

Services excluded

Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • Advice on the suitability of your mortgage or any other financial arrangements.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any planning implications unless instructed to do so which may be subject to additional charges.
  • Checks on the property to ensure that it has been built in accordance with any planning permissions granted.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax (other than SDLT) or other accounting matters.

Approximate/ average timescales

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. However, the average process takes between 6 - 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the purchase such as the seller’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain, your bank if you are taking out a mortgage, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your local search.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If your lender makes detailed instructions requiring us to deal with matters other than those relating to the title to the property.
  • If your lender instructs another conveyancer to act for them.
  • If the lender requires anything other than a simple certificate of title (a simple certificate of title is standard with most lenders) in order to send the mortgage funds to our firm.
  • If a trust document is required.
  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.

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