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Costs and Service Information - Purchase of a residential property

Prices 

Our costs information is set out generally below. For a quote relevant to your exact purchase details, please click here: 

 


Please note that there will be two elements to the costs information set out below: 

  1. Fees charged by Pabla + Pabla Solicitors. These are charged on the basis of fixed fees; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties

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

 

Fees charged by Pabla + Pabla Solicitors 

 

FREEHOLD

LEASEHOLD

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT (20%)

Total fee

Legal fee

VAT (20%

Total fee

£0.00 - £149,999.99

£550.00

£110.00

£660.00

£600.00

£120.00

£720.00

£150,000.00 – £249,999.99

£600.00

£120.00

£720.00

£650.00

£130.00

£780.00

£250,000.00 - £349,999.99

£650.00

£130.00

£780.00

£700.00

£140.00

£840.00

£350,000.00 - £449,999.99

£700.00

£140.00

£840.00

£750.00

£150.00

£900.00

£450,000.00 - £549,999.99

£750.00

£150.00

£900.00

£800.00

£160.00

£960.00

£550,000.00 - £749,999.99

£800.00

£160.00

£960.00

£850.00

£170.00

£1,020.00

£750,000.00 - £999,999.99

£900.00

£180.00

£1,080.00

£950.00

£190.00

£1,140.00

£1,000,000.00 +

£1,000.00

£200.00

£1,200.00

£1,050.00

£210.00

£1,260.00

 

For new build properties, please add £50.00 + VAT = £60.00 to the fees quoted in the table above. 

Please also add the following costs to the applicable fee listed in the table above to your purchase:

 

Telegraphic Transfer fee - £20.00 + VAT = £24.00                 

Electronic submission fee (incl. ID check, SDLT and Land Registry submissions) - £15.00 + VAT = £18.00

 

Fees payable to third parties (‘Disbursements’) 

Description of Disbursement

Fee

VAT (20%)

Total

Bankruptcy Search

£2.00 (per person)

N/A

£2.00 (per person)

Pre-Completion Search for registered property

£3.00 (per registered title)

N/A

£3.00 (per registered title)

Land charges search (for unregistered property)

£2.00 (per persons searched against)

N/A

£2.00 (per persons searched against)

Searches *

In the region of £140.00

Included

£140.00

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Dependent on property value and type of buyer you are. Please visit https://www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk/ to calculate your fee. **

Land Registry fee 

Dependent on property value and property type. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees to calculate your fee. **

Typically only charged on Leasehold purchases

Notice of Assignment fee to freeholder and/or managing agent ***

This typically ranges from £50.00 - £300.00

 

£60.00 - £360.00

 

*       The number and nature of searches that you will require may vary depending on the property and/or any mortgage lender.

**     We will be able to confirm your exact fee once we have specific information about your purchase.

***   These fees vary from property to property and can sometimes be significantly more than the ranges given. We can give you a more accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property.

 

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 into your house will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes between 6 – 8weeks from the date you instruct your solicitor. 

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.
  • If the transaction requires a new lease to be granted rather than an assignment of an existing lease.
  • If there are any other complexities to your purchase.

 

Qualifications and experience of our conveyancing solicitor        

You can find out about our conveyancing solicitor’s experience and qualifications here: Meet our Experts - Colin Bethell

All work carried out in this department is supervised by Kiran Pabla who is a Senior Partner and Solicitor at Pabla + Pabla Solicitors.

 

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