House Buying - When do you pay solicitor

My solicitor gave me a quote for legal fees was based on a lower offer so to be clear I expected the fees to be higher because of that. The day before completion I get an email asking to transfer the money for the house and legal fees including (legal fees were changed from the original quote - no problem) There was no official invoice for this and by no means did it say it was a quote. House closed ok but I never got an invoice despite paying their fees. Odd right? Today 4 days after getting the money they demand more money with no explanation. I demand they tell me where the extra fees are coming from and they claim they got the LLTB cost wrong and registration fee wrong. I find this strange as these are values that remain constant depending on house value and why if they updated legal fees did they not fix this when I send them the money? I was wondering if this is normal? They have thus far failed to give me any invoices.


  • MovingForwards
    MovingForwards Posts: 16,809
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    I can't find the link so you can check how much the registration fees are, but as with LBTT it depends on the purchase price.

    Solicitors are working remotely at the moment, mistakes do happen, especially when the property price changes and you didn't ask for a new quote.

    If you do not pay the fees, the solicitors will not be able to register the property in your name.
    Mortgage started 2020, aiming to clear it in 2026.
  • alh10
    alh10 Posts: 3
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    If you do not pay the fees, the solicitors will not be able to register the property in your name.
    Thank you. Don't worry, I have paid them everything they have asked for. Annoyingly, when I asked for the original quote it was meant to be for the price I paid for the house. The quote they gave me was for 4k less.
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