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I want to buy the freehold of my house. Are there any additional costs other than the price of the freehold?

The main cost that you have to pay is the price (premium) for purchasing the freehold.

There are other costs involved in the process but that depends on whether you are negotiating informally or formally with the freeholder.

If you are negotiation formally and buying the freehold under the law, you are liable to pay the freeholders reasonable legal and valuation costs. If you cannot agree what is reasonable, either party may apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for an assessment to be made.

If you are negotiating informally to buy the freehold you should ideally have a written agreement as to what costs you will pay.  In this case there no hard and fast rules and it depends what you can negotiate with the freeholder. The legal costs can vary depending on the complexity of the matter.

Buying the freehold can be a difficult process. We recommend you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area.


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