Residential leasehold remortgage

Fees

Our fees and the disbursements payable for a residential leasehold remortgage depend on a number of factors, therefore we always provide our clients with a bespoke quote before accepting instructions to act in a remortgage.

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the remortgage including dealing with removal of the old mortgage and registration of the new mortgage against the title to the property at the Land Registry.

  • Legal fee ranging between £550 and £895 depending on the following factors:
    • The value / level of borrowing for the new mortgage
    • Timescales required for remortgage
    • The existing mortgage and any secured third party loans or charges
    • Property has been altered without requisite consents
    • Access issues
    • Property is let
    • Issues arising from your mortgage company’s valuation of the property and any unusual or onerous conditions of the mortgage offer
    • Issues with the legal title and with the lease
    • Issues with service charges or the management of the property
    • Is an extension or variation of the lease required
    • Is the property being remortgaged held under shared ownership
  • Electronic money transfer fee £30 per transfer – one transfer required for redeeming the mortgage of the property and a second transfer required if the amount borrowed under the new mortgage is more than the amount borrowed under the existing mortgage (to send the balance to you)
  • Fax, telephone, photocopying and incidental expenses £25
  • VAT payable on all of the above at  20%

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your leasehold remortgage that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and for your lender. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease and related documents from freeholder or managing agents.

General disbursements

  • Search fees for local, water and drainage, environmental and other reports: these depend entirely on where your property is located and on what you/your lender require. Often the fees are between £250 and £600. Alternatively, it is sometimes possible (depending on the lender’s requirements) to obtain indemnity insurance for absence of search results.  Often the premium for such insurance is between £30 and £70.
  • Companies House search fee if appropriate of between £40 and £50.
  • HM Land Registry fee for official copies of the leasehold and freehold titles and plans £12
  • HM Land Registry fee for official copy of the Lease £3
  • HM Land Registry search fee £3
  • HM Land Charges Registry fee for bankruptcy search £2 per borrower
  • HM Land Registry fee to register your new mortgage: this depends on value of the new mortgage, see http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/fees-calculator.html
  • VAT payable at 20% on fee for local search if such search is required

For an average leasehold residential remortgage of a property for £300,000 where local, drainage, environmental and chancel searches are not required by the lender, our estimated fees inclusive of VAT total £714 and the estimated disbursement costs inclusive of VAT total £145, making an estimated total expenditure for the remortgage of £859.

Disbursements linked to the lease

  • Notice of Charge fee – This fee is required by the freeholder and / or the management company and can be difficult to estimate.  Sometimes the fee is set out in the lease and sometimes it is set out in the management information. Often the fee is between £40 and £75.

This fee varies from property to property and can on occasion be more than the range given above. In some cases VAT is payable but this depends on whether the freeholder or managing agents are VAT registered. We will give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

Key stages

The exact stages involved in the remortgage of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, a typical transaction involves the following stages, all of which would be covered by our fee set out above:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Receive and consider the mortgage offer and advise you of principle conditions
  • Consider mortgage valuation
  • Obtain a redemption statement from your existing mortgage company
  • Obtain and consider lease, title documents and service charge and management information
  • Draft enquiries for your new lender and obtain your replies to these
  • Carry out searches or obtain quotations for search indemnity insurance
  • Obtain and consider planning, building regulations consents, guarantee, buildings insurance and service charge documentation where applicable
  • Make any necessary enquiries of your freeholder or management company on the service charge and insurance information
  • Report any issues to your new lender
  • Obtain your signature to the Mortgage Deed
  • Agree completion date (date the remortgage takes place)
  • Submit a report on title to your new lender
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Complete remortgage and redeem your existing mortgage
  • Arrange search indemnity insurance policy, if applicable
  • Deal with notification of the mortgage to the freeholder
  • Deal with application for registration of the new mortgage at Land Registry

How long will my remortgage take?

How long it will take for the remortgage to complete will depend on a number of factors, such as

  • The speed at which your mortgage application is processed
  • If the legal title to the property is defective or unregistered, or has other problems
  • If the lease is defective or if it has to be extended
  • If the mortgage company’s valuation raises any issues
  • If building regulations or planning consent has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents needed to complete the remortgage are not provided

The average process takes between 3 and 5 weeks from issue of your mortgage offer.