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Our fees: Remortgage of a freehold/leasehold residential property

Please note our fees are subject to VAT, this tax is set by the UK government and is currently 20%.

Remortgage of a freehold/leasehold residential property

Our fixed fees cover all of the work* outlined in the ‘stages of the process’ text below, these steps are what is required to complete the remortgage of your property, including satisfying the requirements of your new lender and dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

Our fixed fees for a standard re-mortgage* start from :

Legal fees:                                         £700.00

VAT:                                                    £140.00

If the property being re-mortgaged is leasehold we charge an additional fee of £300.00 plus VAT.

Our fees for a Transfer of Equity start from £800 plus VAT.

Please call us now to speak directly to one of our conveyancing team on 0191 2438167 to arrange a free, no obligation quote or email us at Hayley.Baker@davidgray.co.uk and one of our team will get back to you.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter 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.

There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease (if leasehold) relating to the Property. 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 conditions of your new mortgage offer.

The disbursements below as based on the property being valued at £150,000:

HM Land Registry fee £100.00 This is based upon the property value or price paid and is shown at


VAT is not applicable

Land Registry search £3.00 VAT is not applicable
Bankruptcy searches £2.00 (per name on the new mortgage product)

VAT is not applicable

ID verification £26.00 VAT is not applicable
Mortgage lender panel fee £42.00 (not always applicable) includes VAT
Copies of the Register £6.00 (£12 – £30 if leasehold) VAT is not applicable
Total £179.00 Please note this does not include Stamp Duty or additional leasehold disbursements (discussed below)

In certain circumstances additional fees are chargeable which are outlined below:

Item Amount £ VAT £ Total £
ID verification fee per name on new mortgage 26 0 26
Buying residential property through a business/company 300 60 360
Shared Ownership 300 60 360
Gifted deposits 150 30 180
SDLT admin fee 60 12 72
Payment admin fee (TT) 25 5 30
Foreign funds admin fee for investigation of source of funds outside the EU/UK 150 30 180

Search Insurance

Your new lender will likely accept search insurance rather than a full set of searches.  The cost of search insurance depends on the value of the property.  For a re-mortgage of a property worth £150,000 the search insurance would be £17.00 – £20.00 (depending on insurance provider).

Leasehold fees

With a leasehold property there is also likely to be specific additional disbursements which will vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given below. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

These additional disbursements can include:

  • Notice of Charge fee – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is £60.00 – £200.00
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, and can be £160.00 – £400.00.

How long will my remortgage take?

The average remortgage process takes between 6-8 weeks.  It can be quicker or slower, depending on the conditions and requirements of your new lender. For example, a small number of lenders will not accept search insurance and will insist on full searches being carried out, which take on average 4-6 weeks to be returned.

If you are remortgaging a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 4-8 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply, which would discussed with you.

Stages of the process 

The precise stages involved in the remortgage of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Our work usually includes the following:

  • obtaining information from your deeds;
  • checking your title/ownership;
  • making the pre-completion legal arrangements and checks and reporting to your bank
  • getting the mortgage money from your new lender (if you are obtaining a mortgage) and any balance we will need from you;
  • on the date of completion, repaying your existing mortgage, registering your mortgage with the Land Registry which may take some months (although that makes no difference from your point of view);
  • acting for your lenders to make sure that their interests are properly protected.
  • Dealing with an application for registration at Land Registry after completion

We will not be able to advise you on Capital Gains Tax or VAT (if applicable), or any planning permission/building regulations approval (if required).

* Assumptions:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Extra fees (not included in the above quote) may be added if any of the following apply to your case:

  • electronic money transfer fee (£30)
  • first registration of title
  • whether a mortgage or not, or Islamic mortgage
  • in purchase cases, whether primary residence, buy to let or second/holiday home
  • multiple owners
  • shared ownership scheme
  • using a help to buy scheme, and whether it is an equity loan or ISA
  • purchase under right to buy
  • purchase at auction
  • property has been repossessed
  • you are remortgaging with Paragon Bank
  • you wish to transfer the title to take off or include other names on completion (transfer of equity)

Property work will be undertaken by our property team displayed below, all team members are supervised by Anne Austin.

Our Team

Kay Potts


Hayley Baker

Customer Relationship Manager

Anne Austin

Senior Associate Solicitor

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