Help to Buy Conveyancing Solicitors

Help to Buy conveyancing solicitors or conveyancers carry out the legal work when a first time buyer is using the Government Help to Buy scheme to purchase a property. The Help to Buy conveyancing process is more complex than a standard conveyancing because of the additional contract you have with the Government, which is providing an Equity Loan for anything up to 20% of the purchase price - the minimum deposit you can invest is 5%. There may also be a Government Help to Buy ISA to be redeemed by your lawyer if you have been paying money into this.

You will also pay more for your Help to Buy conveyancing solicitors' fees because the property you are buying is a new build - you can only buy a newly-built property using the Government Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme.

Help to Buy Conveyancing Solicitors: Help to Buy ISA

TIP - Get your Help to Buy ISA

If you have not yet done so already you should look to take out a Help to Buy ISA through the Government. You can put in a one off lump sum of £1,000 to start along with your first monthly investment of £200 - remember for each £200 invested the Government contributes £50 towards the purchase of a property. Click to find out more about the Help to Buy ISA.

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Help to Buy Conveyancing Fees

This is an example of conveyancing fees for a leasehold purchase for £250,000:

£250,000   Purchase Price

£2,500 Stamp Duty

£270 Land Registration - This is twice the normal cost because you are buying a new build property which can only be registered by post. If the property was not new build, then the property could be registered online and the fee would be £135.

£895 Conveyancing Fees - This is the Fixed Fee quote our Help to Buy conveyancing solicitors charge for completing the legal work on your behalf. It includes:

  • New build property legal work
  • Help to Buy Equity Loan application and registration
  • Handling Help to Buy Mortgage work
  • All the standard conveyancing work for your purchase including bank transfer, title check and property search reviewing

  • £265  Property searches including local authority, drainage, environmental, chancel indemnity and title plan (read more about property searches here)

    £8 Online ID fee - this is to check who you are and is £8 per name

    £10 Bankruptcy and OS1 priority searches

    £60 Help to Buy ISA redemption fee (if applicable)

    £100 to £200 The notice fee is is the cost levied by the landlord when being notified of a change of ownership of the leasehold and the registration of a charge (mortgage) over the property. 

    £100 to £200
    The Engrossment fee is the cost levied by the landlord when they issue a new lease (normally only payable on new build purchases).

    This is an example for just a standalone purchase, however if you are doing a buy and sell conveyancing then call us on 0333 344 3234 to get your own bespoke conveyancing quote.

    What is the Help to Buy Conveyancing Process?

    The conveyancing process follows the following stages:

    Bullet Instruct your conveyancing solicitor, complete ID forms, proof of funds and order property searches

    Bullet Review draft contracts from seller and raise/satisfy legal enquiries (this is the legally technical part of the process)

    Bullet Exchange contracts - this is the day where you are made legally bound to buy the leasehold property from the developer. You'll have to pay a 10% deposit and then wait until the property is finally built so that you can then move to completion.

    Bullet Complete - this is the day you collect your keys and the property is yours

    This is a very quick overview and there is a lot that your property lawyer does throughout. If you'd like to find out even more about the conveyancing process then you can click here and read our complete guide to conveyancing.

    *Fixed Fee – No Sale No Fee – On all Major Lender Panels


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