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Solicitor Fees for Selling a House

Martha Lott

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20th Jul 2022 (Last updated on 4th Aug 2022) 5 minute read

The average solicitor fees for selling a house in the UK are £1,690. This includes the solicitor’s legal fee, conveyancing disbursements and potential extra costs.

This article features a breakdown of solicitors' fees associated with selling your home. We’ll also look at when to pay the fees and what can affect costs.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Average Legal Fees for Selling Freehold vs Leasehold
  2. Disbursement Fees for Selling a House
  3. Additional Solicitor Fees to Expect when Selling
  4. Solicitor Fees for Selling Leasehold
  5. What Affects the Cost of Legal Fees when Selling?
  6. Do you Need a Solicitor when Selling a House?
  7. Fixed-rate or Percentage-based Fees?
  8. When Do I Pay My Solicitor Fees when Selling?
  9. Do Solicitors Still Charge if the Sale Falls Through?
What are the Average Solicitor Fees for Selling a House?

We took an average from a sample of 46 conveyancers across the UK to provide an indicative cost of solicitor fees. The table includes the solicitor's legal fees, disbursements and then potential other costs. Compare My Move’s unique data shows that the average conveyancing fees in 2022 are as follows:

Solicitor Fees

Cost

Solicitor's Legal Fee

£1,270

Conveyancing Disbursements

£88

Potential Other Costs

£322

Total

£1,690


Average Legal Fees for Selling Freehold vs Leasehold

Legal fees will range depending on whether you’re selling a freehold or leasehold property. Below are the average legal fees for selling both freehold and leasehold properties based on property value.

Property ValueFreehold Solicitor FeesLeasehold Solicitor Fees

Up to £100,000

£1,050

£1,220

£100,001 to £200,000

£1,140

£1,310

£200,001 to £300,000

£1,270

£1,420

£300,001 to £400,000

£1,340

£1,490

£400,001 to £500,000

£1,430

£1,580

£500,001 to £600,000

£1,640

£1,780

£600,001 to £700,000

£1,720

£1,880

£700,001 to £800,000

£1,910

£2,050

£800,001 to £900,000

£2,030

£2,170

£900,001 to £1000,000

£2,100

£2,250

£1000,001+

£2,430

£2,520

Average taken from the fees page of 46 Conveyancers from across the UK. 20% VAT is included.

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Disbursement Fees for Selling a House

You’ll pay fewer conveyancing disbursements when selling than buying. Below we’ve listed the main disbursements you can expect to pay.

1. Anti-money Laundering Checks - £5

This is a check carried out by your solicitor to ensure you're not money laundering. If you're paying for your fees through a number of accounts, your solicitor may be suspicious. This is a very common check when buying and selling.

2. Bank Transfer Fee - £40

A bank transfer fee is required when your conveyancer needs to transfer money over £60,000. This can often be to pay off your mortgage or to pay the final sale funds to your account. We found the average cost including VAT was £40 but can range between £25 and £45.

3. Mortgaged Property Supplement Fee - £220

If you’re selling your house and still have a mortgage, your solicitor will need to liaise with your mortgage lender to process the redemption. This extra work will be highlighted in the quote.

4. Title Register Copy - £6

Your conveyancer needs up-to-date copies of the freehold Title Register and filed Title Plan. These can be found on HM Land Registry and proves you’re the owner of the property. This consists of a property register and a plan of the property.

Additional Solicitor Fees to Expect when Selling

There are certain extra costs you may face if your case is complex.

Certain costs will be clear from the start, such as Shared Ownership. Some might crop up during the process, such as delayed completion fees.

These are the most common extra charges faced with conveyancing:

ServiceCost

Remortgage

£500

Shared Ownership

£330

Unregistered Property Fee

£100-£200

Delayed Completion

£100 - £200

Indemnity Insurance

Varies

Transferring Equity

£530

Average taken from the fees page of 46 Conveyancers from across the UK. 20% VAT is included.

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Solicitor Fees for Selling Leasehold

Selling a leasehold property comes with higher legal fees than a freehold. This should be documented in the quote upfront. You can expect to pay:

Leasehold Property Supplement Fee - £150

Selling a leasehold property requires extra-legal work from your conveyancer. This is why there’s a supplement fee to cover their time.

Leasehold Management Information Pack - £150-£500

The Leasehold Management Information Pack includes details about ground rent and service charges. Your solicitor will need to provide this to the buyer as part of the formal leasehold enquiries.

What Affects the Cost of Legal Fees when Selling?

There are certain factors that could dictate the cost of your legal fees.

Whether you’re using a solicitor or conveyancer

Solicitors charge more for their legal fee as they’re qualified in a range of property laws. This means they can help with complex cases. Conveyancers only specialise in conveyancing therefore they’re usually cheaper.

Value of property

Solicitor fees are usually based on the value of the property. The more expensive your house is, the higher the fees will be. You should explore whether fixed-fee or percentage-based services will benefit you the most.

Complexity of sale

The complexity of the sale will determine how much you pay for your conveyancing fees. If you’re selling a Shared Ownership home or remortgaging, your solicitor will have to take on more work.

Leasehold or freehold

If the home you’re selling is leasehold, then your legal fees and disbursements will cost more. This is because the sale of a leasehold property involves more legal work, using more of their time.

Do you Need a Solicitor when Selling a House?

Legally, you don’t have to hire a solicitor when selling a house, but it would be difficult to sell without their expert help.

They’re professionals in the industry and know exactly how the process needs to be handled. Unless you’re confident with the legal aspects, you should always hire a solicitor or conveyancer as there are many tasks to undertake.

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Fixed-rate or Percentage-based Fees?

Solicitors will either charge you a fixed rate for their legal fees or base it on a percentage of the final sale price of your property. Fixed fee conveyancing might work to your advantage if the value of your property is high. This should be confirmed before you begin your conveyancing process.

When Do I Pay My Solicitor Fees when Selling?

You’ll pay your conveyancing fees once the sale is completed. Expect to pay a base fee at the start of the process to cover the costs of the relevant disbursements. This is so your solicitor has the funds ready to pay for third-party services.

Do Solicitors Still Charge if the Sale Falls Through?

Many solicitors won’t make you pay their legal fee if the sale falls through. However, you may still have to pay for disbursements such as identity checks. It’s important to check that your solicitor offers a ‘no sale, no fee’ guarantee for their legal fees to avoid paying if the sale falls through.

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

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