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There are many reasons that an indemnity policy may be required. If following a review of the title and the search results it becomes apparent that an indemnity policy is required, we will charge a fee of £55 plus VAT per policy. This fee is in respect of obtaining a quotation and a draft policy and forwarding the same to you for review.
We would point out that although in some instances you may not feel a policy is necessary, a policy may be required to protect your lenders’ interests. Please note the fee of £55 plus VAT is for arranging the policy. The cost of the policy itself will be additional and depends on the type of policy required.
If there is a third party solicitor involved in the transaction whom we need to liaise with, we will charge a fee of £200 plus VAT. For example, if you are selling a jointly owned property, and the joint owner instructs their own solicitor.
We will require at least a week to arrange completion to enable us to carry out the final searches, obtain a final redemption figure and draw down your mortgage advance. If there is less than a week to arrange completion due to your requirements we will charge a fee of £150 plus VAT for prioritising your matter.
If the property is leasehold we will charge a fee of £95 plus VAT in respect of the additional work involved including reviewing the freeholders title and obtaining evidence that the ground rent is paid to date and confirmation of their notice fees.
An additional fee of £150 plus VAT will be charged on top of the leasehold fee if the property is an apartment in respect of the additional correspondence we will need to review from the freeholder and/or management company (the total leasehold fee will be £245 plus VAT where property is an apartment).
Please note that there may also be notice fees and/or consent fees payable to the freeholder and/or management company on leasehold flats and houses. Notice fees and consent fees are charged at cost where applicable.
If you have a Help to Buy mortgage registered against your property we will charge an additional fee of £150 plus VAT. This fee is for the additional work in obtaining a redemption figure, redeeming the mortgage on completion of your remortgage, obtaining evidence of the discharge and providing this evidence to the buyer’s solicitors.
If there is a restriction registered against the property title, we will charge a fee of £50 plus VAT to deal with the compliance/removal of the same.
If your lender insists on instructing their own Solicitor to represent them we will charge an additional fee of £250 plus VAT, for the additional work involved in complying with the lenders’ solicitors requirements.
If any funding towards the transaction is being provided by a third party, such as a family member, we will charge a fee of £75 plus VAT. The fee is to cover the cost of our writing to the person providing the funding, checking their identity and their evidence of funds.
If the property needs to be transferred into another party’s name, or an additional party added before the remortgage can proceed, we will charge an additional fee in the sum of£150 plus VAT. This fee is to cover the cost of the preparation of the Transfer Deed and the correspondence required with the additional party.
In most cases the title to a property will be registered at the Land Registry. Registration of property had become compulsory following a disposition across all of England and Wales since 1990.
If the title to your property is unregistered we will charge an additional fee of £150 plus VAT. This is for the extra work involved in reviewing the title and submitting the same for first registration following completion.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to conveyancing and property is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means. Please visit our Scottish Conveyancing page for more information.
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