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Land registry fee hike to cover reduced transactions in property market

Land Registry is proposing an increase in fees in a bid to reduce the losses caused by the fall in the number of transactions in the property market.

Land Registry says its income has been seriously affected by the fall in property and mortgage transactions over the past year and will be bringing in the increase in July this year.

The fee for registering a property worth £100,000 will increase from £100 to £130 while for a property worth £1m, the fee will go up from £420 to £550.

There will also be increases in fees for providing information, including official searches and official copies, with for example, the fee for a postal official search increasing from £6 to £8.

Finance Director Heather Foster says: “A range of measures has already been taken to cut costs including a voluntary redundancy scheme and an accelerated plan to merge offices.

“Whilst these measures have helped to keep increases as small as possible, an increase is unavoidable and will mean – for an average priced property of £153,000, the increase is £50.

“We do not believe this will be a deterrent to market recovery, especially in the context of interest rates at historically low levels and lower house prices.

“Fee increases are rare. Since 1993, eight of the nine Fee Orders (amending the level of fees) introduced by Land Registry have reduced fees. We will, of course, keep the new fees closely under review.”

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