Residential Remortgage

penman sedgwick solicitors watford residential remortgage

How long a remortgage will take will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 3 and 5 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on when we receive your mortgage offer and whether the lender requires searches or search indemnity insurance.

If the property is leasehold then this may also delay the process depending on how long it takes the landlord to respond to the enquiries we send to them.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the remortgage of a property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below details will give you an idea of the key stages:

Key Stages

The key stages of Remortgaging your property are as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Contact landlord/managing agent and arrange for them to complete an enquiries form
  • Carry out searches if necessary or arrange search indemnity insurance
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received from your lender
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final Mortgage Deed to you for signature
  • Agree completion date
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender
  • Complete remortgage
  • Deal with payment of any notice fees payable to landlord/managing agent
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Guide to our fees

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the remortgage of your property, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

(Please note: VAT is payable on our fees and the search fees at a rate of 20%)

Legal fee

£750.00 if loan value is between £0 – £750,000
£850.00 if loan value is between £750,001 – £1,000,000
£950.00 if loan value is between £1,000,001 – £1,500,000
(add £100 to the above fees if the property is leasehold)

Search fees

Search fees: £300 (estimated but this depends on area).

It may be possible to use search indemnity insurance instead of searches, subject to your lender agreeing, in which case searches will not be necessary. An indemnity policy can easily be arranged at a considerably reduced cost depending on the value of the loan.

HM Land Registry fee

This is the fee payable to HM Land Registry to register the charge created by the Mortgage Deed against your title to the property. The fee will be based on the amount secured by the charge, applying the fee scale below where title to the property is already registered (the fee will be higher where the property is unregistered):

  • 0 to £100,000: £20
  • £100,001 to £200,000: £30
  • £200,001 to £500,000: £40
  • £500,001 to £1,000,000: £60
  • £1,000,001 to £1,500,000: £125
Electronic money transfer fee

Electronic money transfer fee: £42

Other Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

If the property is a leasehold flat then there are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the property.

The disbursements that 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 from the seller’s solicitors.

Anticipated Disbursements

Landlord’s fee for leasehold information pack: £100 to £200
Notice of Charge fee: This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £40 – £60.

Please note: these fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

If you need any advice on Residential Remortgage matters then please contact us, and we will respond as soon as possible, or call us on 01923 225212.


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