Conveyancing Fees

Our Fees

Residential Conveyancing Services:

Our Conveyancing Fees

Below you will find a detailed overview of the fees we charge for conveyancing.

Our fees cover all of the normal/routine work required to complete the purchase of your new home without a mortgage, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

£0-250,000£250,000-£500,000£500,001-£1m£1m – £1.5m£1.5m – £2.5m£2.5m – £3m
Base legal fee£540.00£640.00£775.00£1075.00£1575.00£2575.00
SDLT return fee£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00
Electronic transfer fee£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00
Sub Total£659.00£759.00£849.00£1194.00£1694.00£2694.00
Estimated* Local search£115.00£115.00£115.00£115.00£115.00£115.00
Environmental search£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00
Water/Drainage search£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33
VAT£181.67£201.67£219.67£288.67£388.67£588.67
Land registry search inc VAT£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60
Land registry fee£20-135.00£135.00£270.00£455.00£455.00£455.00
Grand Total£1228.60£1348.60£1591.60£2190.60£2790.60£3990.60

 

*This figure is based upon a Local Authority search obtained in Braintree District Council, being the location of our Head Office. The actual fee payable is variable dependent on location.

If you are referred to us by an introducer where we pay them a referral fee, we will provide you with details of the arrangement and the fee we pay. This will be included in the quotation paperwork we send to you. The referral fees we pay vary between £0.00-£300.00 depending on what has been agreed between us and the respective introducer. There are some benefits associated with referred matters and we would be happy to discuss these with you when establishing your specific transaction requirements. Should you wish, you may of course contact our New Business Team on 0800 977 7887 with any queries regarding this.

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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using the HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

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 10-14 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 4-6 weeks to exchange. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply, see separate table below.

DescriptionFeeVAT at current rates
Leasehold Fee£180.00£36.00
Mortgage Fee£156.00£31.20
Help to Buy£270.00£54.00
Help to Buy ISA£50.00£10.00
Unregistered title£240.00£48.00
Trust Deed£180.00£36.00
Freehold Management Co.£180.00£36.00
Gifted Deposit£90.00£18.00
Shared Ownership£750.00£150.00
Buy to Let£240.00£48.00
Split Title£240.00£48.00
Small Developer New Build£240.00£48.00
Bankruptcy search (per name)£2.00£0.40

 

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have a helpful short video on our website which explains the process.

However, we have listed some of the key stages below:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • 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 conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree 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 lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard 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

b. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

d. no indemnity policies are required. Additional fees and disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Who will be acting for me?
This will depend on your locality, or the location of the property, and you will be assigned to an office closest to your home address, or the property you wish to purchase. The fee earner assigned to your case will have the appropriate level of experience. The details of our fee earners can be found by clicking on the link to each of the Partners listed on our site.

Our fees cover all of the normal/routine work required to complete the purchase of your new home without a mortgage, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

£0-250,000£250,000-£500,000£500,001-£1m£1m – £1.5m£1.5m – £2.5m£2.5m – £3m
Base legal fee£540.00£640.00£775.00£1075.00£1575.00£2575.00
SDLT return fee£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00£80.00
Leasehold Fee£180.00£180.00£180.00£180.00£180.00£180.00
Electronic transfer fee£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00
Sub Total£839.00£939.00£1074.00£1374.00£1874.00£2874.00
Estimated* Local search£83.33£83.33£83.33£83.33£83.33£83.33
Environmental search£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00£77.00
Water/Drainage search£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33£57.33
VAT£211.33£231.33£258.33£318.33£418.33£618.33
Land registry search inc VAT£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60£3.60
Land Registry fee£20-135.00£135.00£270.00£455.00£455.00£455.00
Grand Total£1444.60£1564.60£1861.60£2406.60£3006.60£4206.60

 

* This figure is based upon a Local Authority search obtained in Braintree District Council, being the location of our Head Office. The actual fee payable is variable dependent on location..

If you are referred to us by an introducer where we pay them a referral fee, we will provide you with details of the arrangement and the fee we pay. This will be included in the quotation paperwork we send to you. The referral fees we pay vary between £0.00-£300.00 depending on what has been agreed between us and the respective introducer. There are some benefits associated with referred matters and we would be happy to discuss these with you when establishing your specific transaction requirements. Should you wish, you may of course contact our New Business Team on 0800 977 7887 with any queries regarding this.

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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)
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 here..

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 10-14 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply, see the separate table below.

DescriptionFeeVAT at current rates
Lease extension (estimated)£450.00£90.00
Mortgage Fee£156.00£31.20
Help to Buy£270.00£54.00
Help to Buy ISA£50.00£10.00
Unregistered title£240.00£48.00
Trust Deed£180.00£36.00
Freehold Management Co.£180.00£36.00
Gifted Deposit£90.00£18.00
Shared Ownership£750.00£150.00
Buy to Let£240.00£48.00
Split Title£240.00£48.00
Small Developer New Build£240.00£48.00
Bankruptcy search (per name)£2.00£0.40

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard 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

b. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

c. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional fees and disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Stages of the process
The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have a helpful short video on our website which explains the process: https://www.cunningtons.co.uk/our-services/residential-conveyancing
However, we have listed some of the key stages below:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • 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 conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree 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 lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50-£100.00.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50.00 – £100.00.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100.00 and £200.00.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100.00 – £200.00.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. They are not our fees but those charged by third parties such as the freeholder or management company. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

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.

Who will be acting for me?
This will depend on your locality, or the location of the property, and you will be assigned to an office closest to your home address, or the property you wish to purchase. The fee earner assigned to your case will have the appropriate level of experience. The details of our fee earners can be found by clicking on the link to each of the Partners listed on our site.

Our fees cover all of the normal/routine work required to complete the sale of your freehold home in England & Wales.

£0-250,000£250,000-£500,000£500,001-£1m£1m – £1.5m£1.5m – £2.5m£2.5m – £3m
Base legal fee£540.00£640.00£775.00£1075.00£1575.00£2575.00
Electronic transfer fee£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00£39.00
Mortgage redemption£90.00£90.00£90.00£90.00£90.00£90.00
Sub Total£669.00£769.00£904.00£1204.00£1704.00£2704.00
Land registry copy title£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00
VAT£135.60£155.60£182.60£242.60£342.60£542.60
Grand Total£813.60£933.60£1095.60£1605.60£1455.60£2055.60

 

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.

How long will my house sale take?
How long it will take from your accepting an offer until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-14 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. If you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply, see separate table below.

DescriptionFeeVAT at current rates
2nd / subsequent charge redemption£90.00£18.00
Leasehold Fee£180.00£36.00
Unregistered title£240.00£48.00
Freehold Management Co.£180.00£36.00
Lease extension£700.00£140.00
Shared Ownership£750.00£150.00
Split Title£240.00£48.00

If you are referred to us by an introducer where we pay them a referral fee, we will provide you with details of the arrangement and the fee we pay. This will be included in the quotation paperwork we send to you. The referral fees we pay vary between £0.00-£300.00 depending on what has been agreed between us and the respective introducer. There are some benefits associated with referred matters and we would be happy to discuss these with you when establishing your specific transaction requirements. Should you wish, you may of course contact our New Business Team on 0800 977 7887 with any queries regarding this.

 

Stages of the process
The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have a helpful short video on our website which explains the process: https://www.cunningtons.co.uk/our-services/residential-conveyancing
However, we have listed some of the key stages below:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain deeds/title and contact your lender (if any) for a redemption figure
  • Issue contract documents
  • Receive and deal with necessary enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which your buyer will own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete the sale
  • Deal with payment of any mortgage redemption and estate agents invoice
  • Deal with payment to you of any net sale proceeds

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard 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

b. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

d. no indemnity policies are required. Additional fees and disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Who will be acting for me?
This will depend on your locality, or the location of the property, and you will be assigned to an office closest to your home address, or the property you wish to purchase. The fee earner assigned to your case will have the appropriate level of experience. The details of our fee earners can be found by clicking on the link to each of the Partners listed on our site.

Our fees cover all of the normal/routine work requiredto complete the sale of your freehold home in England & Wales.

£0-250,000£250,000-£500,000£500,001-£1m£1m – £1.5m£1.5m – £2.5m£2.5m – £3m
Base legal fee£540.00£640.00£775.00£1075.00£1575.00£2575.00
Land registry copy title£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00£9.00
VAT£109.80£129.80£156.80£216.80£316.80£516.80
Grand Total£658.80£778.80£940.80£1300.80£1900.80£3100.80

 

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.

How long will my house sale take?
How long it will take from your accepting an offer until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-14 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. If you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply, see separate table below.

DescriptionFeeVAT at current rates
Mortgage redemption£90.00£18.00
Leasehold Fee£180.00£36.00
Unregistered title£240.00£48.00
Freehold Management Co.£180.00£36.00
Lease extension£700.00£140.00
Shared Ownership£750.00£150.00
Split Title£240.00£48.00

 

If you are referred to us by an introducer where we pay them a referral fee, we will provide you with details of the arrangement and the fee we pay. This will be included in the quotation paperwork we send to you. The referral fees we pay vary between £0.00-£300.00 depending on what has been agreed between us and the respective introducer. There are some benefits associated with referred matters and we would be happy to discuss these with you when establishing your specific transaction requirements. Should you wish, you may of course contact our New Business Team on 0800 977 7887 with any queries regarding this.

 

Stages of the process
The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have a helpful short video on our website which explains the process: https://www.cunningtons.co.uk/our-services/residential-conveyancing
However, we have listed some of the key stages below:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain deeds/title and contact your lender (if any) for a redemption figure
  • Issue contract documents
  • Receive and deal with necessary enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which your buyer will own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete the sale
  • Deal with payment of any mortgage redemption and estate agents invoice
  • Deal with payment to you of any net sale proceeds

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard 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

b. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

d. no indemnity policies are required. Additional fees and disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Who will be acting for me?
This will depend on your locality, or the location of the property, and you will be assigned to an office closest to your home address, or the property you wish to purchase. The fee earner assigned to your case will have the appropriate level of experience. The details of our fee earners can be found by clicking on the link to each of the Partners listed on our site.

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