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Buying & Selling Homes

At Nantes Solicitors we will make sure that you are given impartial advice on all aspects of the transactions so that you can make the best decisions at each stage.

Nantes solicitors – helping you Buy & Sell your home

Selling and buying houses or flats can be complicated and stressful. To help you through the process you need a solicitor who is totally committed to looking after your interests.

We were informed at every stage of the sale and they encouraged me to ask as many questions as I wanted.

Our fees are quoted to you and fixed at the outset. they are only payable if you exchange contracts.

When we act in a sale we will normally prepare the contract documents as soon as you ask us to act (even before a buyer is found). This way we can identify problems early and help prevent them from holding up the sale when a buyer is eventually found. Once you have found a buyer we send out the contract documents to the buyer’s solicitor and will then report progress to you at pre-agreed times.

You never have to call us to find out what is happening.

Acting for you in a purchase usually has a greater legal content from your point of view. You need to know that the extent of the property you are buying and the rights that you have been told come with it are legally enforceable. We will take you through the paperwork at an interview or by telephone if you do not wish to come in to see us. Many other firms only send you a long and confusing contract report and do not ask you what you are expecting.

Bridport Office

Tel: 01308 422313
Fax: 01308 456989

Dorchester Office

Tel: 01305 250100
Fax: 01305 250232

Weymouth Office

Tel: 01305 771000
Fax: 01305 767422

Portland Office

Tel: 01305 821948
Fax: 01305 826732

For a no obligation quote for your conveyancing matter.

Fees and Information

Residential new build purchases

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your property purchase?

Your work will be carried out by a member of our conveyancing team. Please see the Conveyancing Team tab under Fees and Information at the bottom of the page for further detail.

How long will it take to complete my purchase?

This is difficult to predict but will depend on the market conditions and whether the property is completed or still under construction; whether or not a mortgage is required; the number of properties in the conveyancing chain and how quickly all of the parties involved wish to proceed. On average and as a guide only you should anticipate that a straight forward purchase with no significant chain will take about 6 to 8 weeks to exchange of contracts. A completion date is agreed between the parties involved prior to the exchange of contracts.

What work will we do?

Our fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the purchase of your property, including:

Take your instructions and advise you generally;
Deal with contracts and documents from the sellers’ solicitor. We will meet with you (or discuss on the telephone if necessary) to run through all of the details and documents relating to the purchase;
Assist in any renegotiation of the terms in the documents if necessary;
Advise you where appropriate on the Consumer Code for Home Builders;
Carry out searches on the property, making enquiries against the property;
Deal with your mortgage;
Write to you and generally report to you at significant stages of the purchase;
Ensure you are satisfied with all matters, receive all funds and proceed to exchange of contracts; Complete the matter;
File the return and pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax due;
Register your purchase at the Land Registry and report to you when the process has been completed;
Register the residence with the NHBC or equivalent.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We will not always be the cheapest provider for conveyancing services, but we try to remain as competitive as possible. We believe that the quality of our services and advice in particular in relation to renegotiating the provisions of the draft documents, and our commitment to conducting face to face meetings to discuss matters is important to our clients.

It is very difficult to provide an estimate of fees for a new build property before we have received the specific details for the development. Our work will be charged at an hourly rate of £205 per hour plus VAT.

As a guide only, the following are examples of our average new build purchase fees:-

Straightforward purchase with no unusual elements £1,100 + VAT

Medium complexity purchase (for example including lengthy restrictive covenants) £1,600 + VAT

A complex purchase (for example an off plan leasehold flat or including a rentcharge) £2,100 +VAT

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If you are securing further borrowing by way of a Help to Buy Equity Loan/Mortgage then we will charge at least a further £200.00 plus VAT but, we will assess this at the time of receiving the paperwork and confirm the fee. We will also charge £50.00 plus VAT for dealing with each Help to Buy ISA
  • If a separate document needs to be drafted to describe unequal financial interests in a property there will be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):

  • Local Authority Search (£100.00 – £195.00 depending on area)
  • Drainage and Water Search (£49.00)
  • Highways Search (if needed) (£42.00)
  • Index Map Search (£4.00)
  • Pre-completion Searches (£3.00 per title)
  • Bankruptcy or Land Charges Searches (£2.00 per name)
  • Bank Transfer fee (£18.00)

The average expenses are £200.00 inc VAT

Any other additional Costs

In addition to our legal fee and the expenses set out above there will be a fee set by the Land Registry between £190.00 – £540.00. We will advise you of the precise fee when we provide you with a detailed quote.

In many cases Stamp Duty will also be payable. We will advise you of the amount of Stamp Duty that you will have to pay (if any) when we provide you with a detailed quote and you can give us the specific property details. In the meantime you may wish to read our guide to Stamp Duty.

Examples of total prices

As a guide only, the following are examples of prices for new build purchases. These examples exclude use of any Help to Buy schemes or non-standard matters listed above that may incur an additional fee:

Straightforward purchase with no unusual elements, including VAT and expenses, excluding Land Registry Fee, Stamp Duty £1,520

Medium complexity purchase (for example including lengthy restrictive covenants), including VAT and expenses, excluding Land Registry Fee, Stamp Duty £2,120

A complex purchase (for example an off plan leasehold flat or including a rentcharge), including VAT and expenses, excluding Land Registry Fee, Stamp Duty £2,720

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Residential freehold purchases

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your property purchase?

Your work will be carried out by one of our conveyancing team. Please see our Conveyancing Team Information sheet for more information about the people that may carry out work on your conveyancing matter.

How long will it take to complete my purchase?

This is difficult to predict but will depend on the market conditions; whether or not a mortgage is required; the number of properties in the conveyancing chain and how quickly all of the parties involved wish to proceed. On average and as a guide only you should anticipate that a straight forward purchase with no significant chain will take about 6 to 8 weeks to exchange of contracts. A completion date is agreed between the parties involved prior to the exchange of contracts.

What work will we do?

Our fixed fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the purchase of your property, including:-

  • Take your instructions and advise you generally;
  • Deal with contracts and documents from the sellers’ solicitor. We will meet with you (or discuss on the telephone if necessary) to run through all of the details of the purchase;
  • Carry out searches on the property, and make enquiries against the property;
  • Deal with your mortgage;
  • Write to you and report to you at significant stages of the purchase;
    Prepare a Transfer for the approval of the sellers’ solicitor;
  • Ensure you are satisfied with all matters, receiving all funds and proceeding to exchange of contracts;
  • Complete the matter;
    File the return and pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax due;
  • Register your purchase at the Land Registry and report to you when the process has been completed.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We will not always be the cheapest provider for conveyancing services, but we try to remain as competitive as possible. We believe that the quality of our services, face to face meetings, theability to offer fixed costs and ‘no exchange, no fee’ arrangements are important to our clients.

We offer a fixed fee for residential property purchases (excluding new build property). This means that if your purchase should fall through before the exchange of contracts for any reason then you will not pay our firm’s legal fees. Note that any other expenses incurred on your behalfat the time the purchase falls through (listed below under ‘Expenses’) remain payable and non- refundable as these are for services provided by a third party (such as a local council).

Our range of legal fees for freehold residential purchases are based on the value of the property and are as follows: – (these prices exclude VAT which is payable at the current standard rate)

Property Value

Property Value                                                 Our fees

0 – £199,999                                                        £890.00

£200,000 – £249,999                                         £925.00

£250,000 – £299,000                                         £965.00

£300,000 to £349,999                                       £990.00

£350,000 to £399,999                                       £1025.00

£400,000 to £449,999                                       £1065.00

£450,000 to £499,999                                       £1090.00

£500,000 to £549,999                                       £1,125.00

£550,000 to £599,999                                       £1,165.00

£600,000 to £649,999                                       £1,190.00

£650,000 to £699,999                                       £1,225.00

£700,000 to £749,999                                       £1,265.00

£750,000 to £799,999                                       £1,290.00

£800,000 to £849,999                                       £1,325.00

£850,000 to £899,999                                       £1,365.00

£900,000 to £949,999                                       £1,390.00

£950,000 to £999,999                                       £1,425.00

 

For prices on properties valued over £1million please contact us for details.

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If you are securing further borrowing by way of a Help to Buy mortgage then we will charge at least a further £200.00 plus VAT but, we will assess this at the time of receiving the paperwork and confirm the fee. We will also charge £50.00 plus VAT for dealing with each Help to Buy ISA
  • If a separate document needs to be drafted to describe unequal financial interests in a property there will be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, an unregistered property, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
  • Note that new build purchases are quoted for separately by request.Nantes Solicitors Ltd – Published July 2019
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (prices include VAT where applicable):-

  • Local Authority Search (£100.00 – £195.00 depending on area)
  • Drainage and Water Search (£49.00)
  • Highways Search (if needed) (£42.00)
  • Index Map Search (£4.00)
  • Pre-completion Searches (£3.00 per title)
  • Bankruptcy or Land Charges Searches (£2.00 per name)
  • Bank Transfer fee (£18.00)

The average expenses are £200.00 inc VAT

Any other additional costs

In addition to our legal fee and the expenses set out above there will be a fee set by the Land Registry between £95.00 – £270.00. We will advise you of the precise fee when we provide you with a detailed quote.

In many cases Stamp Duty will also be payable. We will advise you of the amount of Stamp Duty that you will have to pay (if any) when we provide you with a detailed quote and you can give us the specific property details. In the meantime you may wish to read our guide to Stamp Duty.

Examples of prices

The following are examples for the price of a straightforward purchase where no non-standard or unusual additional work is required:

Example of an average freehold property purchased for £199,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,268

Example of an average freehold property purchased for £299,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,358

Example of an average freehold property purchased for £399,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,430

Example of an average freehold property purchased for £499,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,508

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Residential leasehold purchases

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your property purchase?

Your work will be carried out by one of our conveyancing team. Please see the Conveyancing Team Information sheet for more information about the people that may carry out work on your conveyancing matter.

How long will it take to complete my purchase?

This is difficult to predict but will depend on the market conditions; whether or not a mortgage is required; the number of properties in the conveyancing chain and how quickly all of the parties involved wish to proceed. On average and as a guide only you should anticipate that a straight forward purchase with no significant chain will take about 6 to 8 weeks to exchange of contracts. A completion date is agreed between the parties involved prior to the exchange of contracts.

What work will we do?

Our fixed fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the purchase of your property, including:-

  • Take your instructions and advise you generally;
  • Deal with contracts and documents from the sellers’ solicitor. We will meet with you (or discuss on the telephone if necessary) to run through all of the details of the purchase including the lease and management pack;
  • Carry out searches and make enquiries against the property;
  • Deal with your mortgage offer;
  • Write to you and generally report to you at significant stages of the purchase;
  • Prepare a Transfer for the approval of the sellers’ solicitor;
  • Ensure you are satisfied with all matters, receive all funds and proceeding to exchange contracts;
  • Complete the matter;
  • File the return and pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax due;
  • Register your purchase at the Land Registry and report to you when the process has been completed.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We will not always be the cheapest provider for conveyancing services, but we try to remain as competitive as possible. We believe that the quality of our services, face to face meetings, theability to offer fixed costs and ‘no exchange, no fee’ arrangements are important to our clients.Nantes Solicitors Ltd – Published July 2019

We offer a fixed fee for residential property purchases (excluding new build property). This means that if your purchase should fall through before the exchange of contracts for any reason then you will not pay our firm’s legal fees. Note that any other expenses incurred on your behalfat the time the purchase falls through (listed below under ‘Expenses’) remain payable and non- refundable as these are for services provided by a third party (such as a local council).

Our range of legal fees for leasehold residential purchases are based on the value of the property and are as follows: – (these prices exclude VAT which is payable at the current standard rate)

Property Value

Property Value                                                 Our fees

0 – £199,999                                                        £890.00

£200,000 – £249,999                                         £925.00

£250,000 – £299,000                                         £965.00

£300,000 to £349,999                                       £990.00

£350,000 to £399,999                                       £1025.00

£400,000 to £449,999                                       £1065.00

£450,000 to £499,999                                       £1090.00

£500,000 to £549,999                                       £1,125.00

£550,000 to £599,999                                       £1,165.00

£600,000 to £649,999                                       £1,190.00

£650,000 to £699,999                                       £1,225.00

£700,000 to £749,999                                       £1,265.00

£750,000 to £799,999                                       £1,290.00

£800,000 to £849,999                                       £1,325.00

£850,000 to £899,999                                       £1,365.00

£900,000 to £949,999                                       £1,390.00

£950,000 to £999,999                                       £1,425.00

 

For prices on properties valued over £1million please contact us for details.

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If you are securing further borrowing by way of a Help to Buy mortgage then we will charge at least a further £200.00 plus VAT but, we will assess this at the time of receiving the paperwork and confirm the fee. We will also charge £50.00 plus VAT for dealing with each Help to Buy ISA
  • If a separate document needs to be drafted to describe unequal financial interests in a property there will be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, an unregistered property, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
  • Note that new build purchases are quoted for separately by request.Nantes Solicitors Ltd – Published July 2019
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):-

  • Local Authority Search (£100.00 – £195.00 depending on area)
  • Drainage and Water Search (£49.00)
  • Highways Search (if needed) (£42.00)
  • Index Map Search (£4.00)
  • Pre-completion Searches (£3.00 per title)
  • Bankruptcy or Land Charges Searches (£2.00 per name)
  • Bank Transfer fee (£18.00)

The average expenses are £200.00 inc VAT

Any other additional costs

If you are buying a leasehold property it will be necessary for us to notify the Freeholder Owner/Management Company that you are the new owner and if applicable with details of your mortgage. They will usually charge you a fee for this and we will advise you of what this will be as soon as possible.

In addition to our legal fee and the expenses set out above there will be a fee set by the Land Registry between £95.00 – £270.00. We will advise you of the precise fee when we provide you with a detailed quote.

In many cases Stamp Duty will also be payable. We will advise you of the amount of Stamp Duty that you will have to pay (if any) when we provide you with a detailed quote and you can give us the specific property details. In the meantime you may wish to read our guide to Stamp Duty.

Examples of prices

The following are examples for the price of a straightforward purchase where no non-standard or unusual additional work is required:

Example of an average leasehold property purchased for £199,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty, Freeholder/Management Company registration fee and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,508

Example of an average leasehold property purchased for £299,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty, Freeholder/Management Company registration fee and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,598

Example of an average leasehold property purchased for £399,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty, Freeholder/Management Company registration fee and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,670

Example of an average leasehold property purchased for £499,000 (this excludes Stamp Duty, Freeholder/Management Company registration fee and Land Registry fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,748

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Residential remortgages

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your remortgage?

Your work will be carried out by one of our conveyancing team. Please see the Conveyancing Team Information sheet for more information about the people that may carry out work on your conveyancing matter.

How long will it take to complete my remortgage?

It is often difficult to predict how long remortgage transactions will take but on average and as a guide only you should anticipate that the time scale will be about 6 to 8 weeks.

What work will we do?

Our fixed fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the remortgage of your property, including:-

  • Take your instructions and advise you generally;
  • Deal with your mortgage;
  • Carry out searches against the property (as appropriate) and check the title;
  • Obtain your signature on the mortgage documentation;
  • Prepare a completion statement;
  • Redeem your current mortgage and account to you for any net proceeds;
  • Deal with the registration of the mortgage at the Land Registry;
  • Deal with any requirements of the freeholder or management company;
  • Confirm to you and the lender when the registration has been completed.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We offer a fixed fee for remortgage service. Our range of legal fees are as follows: – (these prices exclude VAT which is payable at the current standard rate)

Remortgage with a standard lender £400.00
Remortgage with a standard lender plus transfer of equity £450.00
Remortgage with a non-standard lender or equity release £500.00
Remortgage with a non-standard lender plus transfer of equity £550.00
Charge for redeeming any subsequent or second charges on property £75.00 each

A standard lender is a bank or building society who routinely deal with a high volume of mortgages on a day to day basis such as HSBC, RBS, Natwest and other high-street lenders.

Non-standard lenders are lenders who do not routinely offer high volumes of mortgages and they are often niche lenders, such as those catering for people with poor credit, mortgages past retirement age, people working in a certain sector or some mortgages for people who are self- employed. Examples include lenders such as Kent Reliance, Stafford Railways Building Society and Together.

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If a separate document needs to be drafted to describe unequal financial interests in a property there may be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, an unregistered property, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):-

Official copy entries (registered title only) Local Authority Search (if required)
Local Authority Search (indemnity insurance) Index Map Search

Pre-completion Searches
Bankruptcy or Land Charges Searches Bank Transfer fee

The average expenses are £50.00 inc VAT

It is not part of our contract with you to give advice on tax or tax implications of a remortgage. You must consult an accountant for this advice.

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Residential freehold sales

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your property purchase?

Your work will be carried out by one of our conveyancing team. Please see the Conveyancing Team Information sheet for more information about the people that may carry out work on your conveyancing matter.

How long will it take to complete my sale?

This is difficult to predict but will depend on the market conditions; whether or not a mortgage is required; the number of properties in the conveyancing chain and how quickly all of the parties involved wish to proceed. On average and as a guide only you should anticipate that a straight forward purchase with no significant chain will take about 6 to 8 weeks to exchange of contracts. A completion date is agreed between the parties involved prior to the exchange of contracts.

What work will we do?

Our fixed fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the sale of your property, including:-

  • Take your instructions and advise you generally;
  • Check the legal title to your property to ensure it is marketable;
  • Prepare and send out a contract to the buyers’ solicitors;
  • Assist you in answering any enquiries raised by the buyers’ solicitors;
  • Keep you informed on progress, liaising with the estate agents and the other parties involved;
  • Deal with approving and obtaining your signature to the Transfer;
  • Prepare a completion statement for you;
  • Receive funds on your behalf from the seller’s solicitors, repay your mortgage, (if any), pay your estate agent and account to you with the sale balance.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We will not always be the cheapest provider for conveyancing services, but we try to remain as competitive as possible. We believe that the quality of our services, face to face meetings, theability to offer fixed costs and ‘no exchange, no fee’ arrangements are important to our clients.

We offer a fixed fee for residential property sales. This means that if your sale should fall through before the exchange of contracts for any reason then you will not pay our firm’s legal fees.

Our range of legal fees for freehold residential sales are based on the value of the property and are as follows: – (these prices exclude VAT which is payable at the current standard rate)

Property Value

Property Value                                                 Our fees

0 – £199,999                                                        £890.00

£200,000 – £249,999                                         £925.00

£250,000 – £299,000                                         £965.00

£300,000 to £349,999                                       £990.00

£350,000 to £399,999                                       £1025.00

£400,000 to £449,999                                       £1065.00

£450,000 to £499,999                                       £1090.00

£500,000 to £549,999                                       £1,125.00

£550,000 to £599,999                                       £1,165.00

£600,000 to £649,999                                       £1,190.00

£650,000 to £699,999                                       £1,225.00

£700,000 to £749,999                                       £1,265.00

£750,000 to £799,999                                       £1,290.00

£800,000 to £849,999                                       £1,325.00

£850,000 to £899,999                                       £1,365.00

£900,000 to £949,999                                       £1,390.00

£950,000 to £999,999                                       £1,425.00

 

For prices on properties valued over £1 million please contact us for details.

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If you need to change the type of ownership or financial interests in a property before a sale there will be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, an unregistered property, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):-

Land Registry fees for obtaining title details £12.00 Bank Transfer fee £18.00 each

The average expenses are £50.00 inc VAT

Nantes Solicitors Ltd – Published July 2019

Any other additional costs

As the sale progresses and if it transpires that there are any other significant expenses we will advise you at that time and obtain your permission to incur them.

Examples of prices

The following are examples for the price of a straightforward sale where no non-standard or unusual additional work is required:

Example of an average freehold property sold for £199,000 (including estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,118

Example of an average freehold property sold for £299,000 (including estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,208

Example of an average freehold property sold for £399,000 (including estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,280

Example of an average freehold property sold for £499,000 (including estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT): £1,358

Please note that we do not provide any tax advice as part of this service and you should consult an accountant for such advice.

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Residential leasehold sales

Fees and other information about our services

Who will carry out work on your property sale?

Your work will be carried out by one of our conveyancing team. Please see the Conveyancing Team Information sheet for more information about the people that may carry out work on your conveyancing matter.

How long will it take to complete my sale?

This is difficult to predict but will depend on the market conditions; whether or not a mortgage is required; the number of properties in the conveyancing chain and how quickly all of the parties involved wish to proceed. On average and as a guide only you should anticipate that a straight forward sale with no significant chain will take about 6 to 8 weeks to exchange of contracts. A completion date is agreed between the parties involved prior to the exchange of contracts.

What work will we do?

Our fixed fees cover all of the typical work required to complete the sale of your property, including:-

  • Take your instructions and advise you generally;
  • Check the legal title to your property to ensure it is marketable;
  • Prepare and send out a contract to the buyers’ solicitors;
  • Assist you in answering any enquiries raised by the buyers’ solicitors;
    Keep you informed on progress, liaising with the estate agents and the other parties involved;
  • Deal with approving and obtaining your signature to the Transfer;
  • Prepare a completion statement for you;
  • Receive funds on your behalf from the seller’s solicitors, repay your mortgage, (if any), pay your estate agent and account to you with the sale balance.

(Information about non-typical work that may incur additional fees is also set out below)

Our legal fees

We will not always be the cheapest provider for conveyancing services, but we try to remain as competitive as possible. We believe that the quality of our services, face to face meetings, theability to offer fixed costs and ‘no exchange, no fee’ arrangements are important to our clients.

We offer a fixed fee for residential property sales. This means that if your sale should fall throughbefore the exchange of contracts for any reason then you will not pay our firm’s legal fees.

Our range of legal fees for leasehold residential sales are based on the value of the property and are as follows: – (all prices exclude VAT which is payable at the current standard rate)

Property Value

Property Value                                                 Our fees

0 – £199,999                                                        £890.00

£200,000 – £249,999                                         £925.00

£250,000 – £299,000                                         £965.00

£300,000 to £349,999                                       £990.00

£350,000 to £399,999                                       £1025.00

£400,000 to £449,999                                       £1065.00

£450,000 to £499,999                                       £1090.00

£500,000 to £549,999                                       £1,125.00

£550,000 to £599,999                                       £1,165.00

£600,000 to £649,999                                       £1,190.00

£650,000 to £699,999                                       £1,225.00

£700,000 to £749,999                                       £1,265.00

£750,000 to £799,999                                       £1,290.00

£800,000 to £849,999                                       £1,325.00

£850,000 to £899,999                                       £1,365.00

£900,000 to £949,999                                       £1,390.00

£950,000 to £999,999                                       £1,425.00

 

For prices on properties valued over £1million please contact us for details.

We believe in being transparent about our costs. There are non-standard matters that can arise that will incur additional fees such as: –

  • We are required to deal with a separate solicitor acting for your mortgage lender (this happens rarely).
  • If a separate document needs to be drafted to change the type of ownership or describe unequal financial interests in a property before a sale there will be an additional fee of up to £100.00 plus VAT.
  • If other unusual or complex issues arise requiring significant additional work we will advise you of the estimated costs as soon as possible. Examples of this are a defective legal title, an unregistered property, building regulations or planning permission that has not been obtained or where crucial documents are missing.
Expenses

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):-

In addition to our legal fee there will be expenses which we will incur on your behalf which you will need to pay us for. Typically these are as follows (including VAT where applicable):-

Land Registry fees for obtaining title details £20.00 Bank Transfer fee £18.00 each

The average expenses are £50.00 inc VAT

Any other additional costs

As the property is leasehold, it will be necessary for us to obtain information from the freehold owner/management company; there is usually a fee charged by them for this and we will let you know how much this will be.

As the sale progresses and if it transpires that there are any other significant expenses we will advise you at that time and obtain your permission to incur them.

Examples of prices

The following are examples for the price of a straightforward sale where no non-standard or unusual additional work is required:

Example of an average leasehold property sold for £199,000 (this excludes freeholder/management company fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT):£1238

Example of an average leasehold property sold for £299,000 (this excludes freeholder/management company fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT):£1,328

Example of an average leasehold property sold for £399,000 (this excludes freeholder/management company fee but includes estimated legal fees, expenses and VAT):£1,400

Please note that we do not provide any tax advice as part of this service and you should consult an accountant for such advice.

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Conveyancing Team Information

Our team has decades of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to conveyancing. You can be assured that we will do all that we can to make sure that your conveyancing matter proceeds as promptly and smoothly as possible. We will also avoid using legal jargon as much as possible and deliver our advice to you in plain English.

We have six conveyancing solicitors who may work on your matter and their experience is detailed below. Our entire team attend legal updates frequently throughout their careers so that you can be confident that our advice is reliable and relevant. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Mike Harvey, Director and Head of Conveyancing.

Bridport Office

Mike Harvey
Director – Solicitor, Notary Public – Head of Conveyancing
Mike qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and has over 30 years’ experience in property work. Mike has dealt with a very wide range of complex issues making his experience invaluable. Mike works exclusively in residential and commercial conveyancing and has successfully completed thousands of conveyancing matters.

Sam Smith
Director – Solicitor
Sam qualified in 1982 and has over 30 years’ experience in property work. Samdivides his time between private client work and conveyancing. He has a wide range of experience including unusual estate and agricultural matters and has successfully completed thousands of conveyancing matters.

Carolyn Harmer
Director – Solicitor
Carolyn qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Carolyn divides her time equally between family law and residential conveyancing. She has sound experience from dealing with hundreds of residential conveyancing matters each year and is able to deal with routine and complex issues.

Dorchester Office

David Holman
Director – Solicitor
David qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and has over 30 years’ experience in property work. David has dealt with a wide range of complex issues which have provided a wealth of sound experience to draw upon. David works exclusively in residential conveyancing and completed thousands of transactions successfully.

Weymouth and Portland Offices

Simon Harvey
Solicitor
Simon qualified in 2012 and works exclusively in commercial and residential property. He has the sound experience of hundreds of conveyancing matters each year and is able to deal with routine and complex issues.

Kathryn Day
Solicitor
Kathryn qualified in 2012 and works exclusively in residential conveyancing. She has the sound experience of hundreds of residential conveyancing matters each year and is able to deal with routine and complex issues.

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THINGS WE CAN DO FOR YOU

Nantes Solicitors is a leading law firm based in Dorset with a long established reputation for legal expertise and excellent customer care. The firm has been practising since the 1800s and our heritage has helped us to develop considerable business and local knowledge that can benefit our clients. We have offices in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, and deal with most areas of legal work. Each of our departments is led by one of our Directors who brings significant experience and knowledge to your matter. We pride ourselves on being forward-thinking and for providing advice that is as straightforward as possible.

Our commitment to our clients is to provide a high quality, cost effective service that delivers the best outcome possible. We will listen to your objectives, help you to achieve them and we will resolve any problems that may arise along the way. To discuss your needs with no obligation please call one of our offices or email us.

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