What are conveyancing disbursements?

'Disbursements' are the extra costs that your solicitor will need to pass on to you at the end of the buying or selling process.

What are conveyancing disbursements?

These costs should be similar between all conveyancing solicitors. The most common disbursements are as follows:

Buying a property

Bankruptcy search - £2 - £4
Your mortgage lender will need to know that you, or any other person named on the mortgage, has not been declared bankrupt. Your solicitor will check all named parties.

Local authority searches - £100 - £200
The cost of Local Authority Searches can vary and depend on which borough the property is in. The local council will check their records to determine local influences on the property such as planning applications, enforcement actions, restrictions on permitted development, road schemes or land contamination. Some conveyancers use Personal Search Companies rather than Local Authority searches, but the costs are comparable.

Land registry office copies - £4 - £8
Your solicitor will arrange a pre-completion search to ensure the vendor owns the property that you plan to buy

Environmental search - £30 - £35 plus VAT
An environmental search is additional to the basic Local Authority Search and will investigate specific concerns such as subsidence, flooding or industrial contamination.

Drainage search - £30 - £40 plus VAT
This ensures the property is connected to fresh and foul water sewers. The cost will vary between water companies but should not fall too far outside the range given above.

Local searches -£40 - £250
These are location –specific and are suggested by your solicitor if there is a history of mining from coal, tin to limestone.

Telegraphic transfer fee - £25 - £45 plus VAT
The cost charged by your bank to cover the cost of sending the money used to purchase the property to the seller’s conveyancing provider.

Land registration fee - From £20 (for properties under £80,000) to £910 (for properties over £1,000,000)
This is a fixed cost disbursement that depends on the cost of the property being purchased. Conveyancing quotes should state the cost of the land registration fee.

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Selling a property

Land registry office copies -£4 to £8
These documents confirm that you are the legal owner of the property you wish to sell.

Telegraphic transfer fee - £25 -£45
Cost to transfer money to pay off your existing mortgage.

Last reviewed March 2016.


  • Michael Bayliss says...

    posted on 18/01/2013 17:15:21

    Most useful information & much appreciated,as we have not bought & sold for 19 years;so had no idea of current costs. Thankyou.

  • Vicki Roland says...

    posted on 11/04/2013 14:37:35

    I think the land tax should not apply to people buying a home - it is OK to tax developers but to be hit with a 3% tax on a house over 250,000 is daylight robbery. As well as all the other fees. When a bank transfers money it is surely a simple job why does it cost up to £30?

  • Philip Dunn says...

    posted on 23/04/2013 14:32:10

    What about furniture storage, as it is not always possible to move straight in?

  • JULES says...

    posted on 10/05/2013 19:29:24

    Really useful from the reallymoving team. I havent moved for 25 years so great and informative.

  • j.arnold says...

    posted on 14/02/2014 12:11:25

    Really helpful imformation and easy to understand without getting tied up in lots of jargon. tHANK YOU

  • David Walls says...

    posted on 16/05/2014 13:00:17

    Very helpful

  • John Maxwell says...

    posted on 17/06/2014 23:44:37

    Very useful and informative site. Thank-you. I will be using the conveyancing quote.

  • Janice Ellen Waite says...

    posted on 09/10/2014 07:17:20

    I have found your site extremely useful as we are in the process of selling and buying, and relocating. It has enabled us to budget more accurately rather than me just rounding up! (better to round up as then always have a little extra funds!). Regards.

  • Pat Pirie says...

    posted on 07/10/2015 22:06:37

    Like others here, I haven't moved house for over 20 years and what a difference I have found. All the extra legal bits and pieces are a minefield. I feel much more confident with your help. Thank you

  • alex says...

    posted on 23/02/2016 07:58:54

    great first price guide very usefull thankyou

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