Some hosting companies are charging as much as £100 for domain transfers away from them. They often give excuses and buzz words such as “domain unlocking” and “secure transfer”. The most they can really justify is about £15.
In the case of a .co.uk domain you can actually go above the hosting company and straight to nominet. For just £15 nominet will move the domain name to your new host. This is exactly what we have to do for some of our clients when hosting companies feel it’s ok to justify a £100 transfer fee to transfer a domain away from them.
So if your hosting company tries to slap a large leaving fee on you, remember to talk to nominet or get us to do it for you.