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What are Conveyancing Fees?

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When you buy or sell a property, you’ll need to pay conveyancing fees. This is because you need an experienced conveyancer or solicitor to manage the legal aspects of your move.

They’ll provide advice, review contracts, answer queries, and register your house with the Land Registry.

Want to know how much solicitors’ fees are for buying or selling a house? Conveyancing fees vary based on the details of your purchase or sale.

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So What Are Conveyancing Fees?

Conveyancing fees refer to the payments made to a legal professional to facilitate the purchase or sale of a property.

We strongly advise that you hire a qualified conveyancer to handle the sales process, as this will help you avoid costly mistakes. It is not recommended to attempt a ‘do it yourself’ approach.

Types of conveyancing fees

There are two types of conveyancing fees: legal fees and disbursements.

  • Legal fees are the basic fees you pay your conveyancer for handling the legal process of a home sale or purchase.
  • Disbursements are costs your conveyancer will charge you and pay on your behalf to third parties.
What Are Conveyancing Fees?
We strongly advise that you hire a qualified conveyancer to handle the sales process, as this will help you avoid costly mistakes.

How much does conveyancing cost?

Conveyancing costs vary depending on the case and the firm. Legal fees can range anywhere from £300 to £1,500 or more. What typically affects the cost are your mortgage, the price of the property, and the type of property (leasehold or freehold).

If you get a conveyancing quote and complete the details accurately, you’ll get an idea of the cost in advance. Be aware of additional or hidden charges; some solicitors charge an hourly rate, which can drastically increase the total cost.

Who pays conveyancing fees, buyer or seller?

The buyer and seller will both be paying conveyancing fees due to their involvement in the transaction. The buyer must also factor in other costs, such as local searches.

The buyer and seller require a conveyancing solicitor to represent them; this solicitor will go through the conveyancing process, liaise with mortgage providers, and make changes to the Land Registry.

What are disbursement conveyancing fees?

Disbursements are the expenses your conveyancer pays on your behalf during the sale or purchase process. They tend to be the same across the industry. When you get your conveyancing quote, ensure it includes both the conveyancer’s fee and disbursements.

Who pays for conveyancing
When selling a property, your solicitor will confirm your ownership of the property via the Land Registry.

Most of the following charges are considered disbursements:

These are most common disbursement charges:

Money laundering check fees

Conveyancing is often used for money laundering, which allows for large sums of illegally obtained funds to be moved into the legitimate economy.

As part of the conveyancing process, your solicitor will need to verify that the money is coming from a legitimate source. To do this, when buying a house, you must provide proof of your deposit and the origin of your funds.

When selling a property, your solicitor will confirm your ownership of the property via the Land Registry.

The cost of money laundering checks is usually between £10 and £20; however, if you are living abroad, you will likely have to pay more for additional checks.

Bankruptcy search fees

With such large amounts of money changing hands, your mortgage lender needs to ensure you haven’t gone bankrupt recently. Bankruptcy searches typically cost between £2- £4.

Copy of title deeds

Your conveyancer needs to review the title deeds, which are the legal documents that prove your property ownership. The Land Registry charges for every document that must be downloaded – if the property is leasehold, the cost can be upwards of £25.

Conveyancing searches

Carrying out local, drainage, and environmental searches is an important part of the home-buying process. These searches can identify any potential problems and typically cost between £250-450, depending on where the property is located.

It’s also wise to get a building survey. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors offers a basic Home Condition Report for around £250.

A Home Buyers Report usually costs around £400, and a more detailed Building Survey can be more than £600, depending on the size of the property.

Electronic Funds transfer fee

When you finish the process, your conveyancer will make an online funds transfer, for which they’ll charge a fee. If you’re buying a property, the money will go to the seller’s conveyancer.

If you’re selling, the funds will go to your lender to pay off your mortgage, and any remaining amount will be returned to you.

Land Registry Registration Services

If you’re purchasing a house, you must cover the fee for Land Registry Registration Services in order to officially transfer the property into your name. Your conveyancer must pay the costs associated with submitting an application via the online portal.

If, however, your application is complex and can’t be done online, the costs will be higher.

Purchase Price of Property

Fee Payable to Land Registry For Transfer of Title

Up to £80,000


£80,001 to £100,000


£100,001 to £200,000


£200,001 to £500,000


£500,001 to £1,000,000


Over £1,000,000


Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) or Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales is a tax imposed by the government on the purchase of properties that exceed certain price brackets.

Your conveyancer will calculate the amount of tax you owe and include it in their quote upon request. There is also a fee for the paperwork and registration involved.

Leasehold fees

If you’re buying a leasehold property, you’ll likely need to pay more, as the process can be complicated.

For instance, you could be asked to sign a Deed of Covenant, a legal agreement between you and the landowner. This agreement sets obligations, such as repair work. The extra costs can range from £100 to £1,000, depending on the property.

When selling a leasehold property, you may incur extra costs for any extra information required from the landlord or management company. This could be anywhere from £100 to over £500.

It’s always worth checking your conveyancer’s terms and conditions to see if any additional charges apply to you.  But more importantly, agree on what would be abortive fees if the sales collapses.

By understanding what goes into conveyancing fees, you can get started on budgeting and make the moving process easier. 

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