Experts for Leasehold Conveyancing in Ampthill

While any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically deal with your leasehold conveyancing in Ampthill, your mortgage provider may unwilling to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Top Five Questions relating to Ampthill leasehold conveyancing

I wish to rent out my leasehold flat in Ampthill. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?

Even though your last Ampthill conveyancing solicitor is not around you can check your lease to check if you are permitted to let out the property. The rule is that if the deeds are silent, subletting is allowed. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you are obliged to obtain permission via your landlord or other appropriate person before subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior consent. The consent should not be unreasonably withheld. If your lease does not allow you to sublet you should ask your landlord for their consent.

I am hoping to complete next month on a garden flat in Ampthill. Conveyancing solicitors assured me that they are sending me a report next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Ampthill should include some of the following:

  • Defining your legal entitlements in relation to common areas in the building.E.G., does the lease provide for a right of way over a path or staircase?
  • You should be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this will change in the future
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a sinking fund?
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Ampthill please enquire of your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Ampthill

  • I have just appointed agents to market my 2 bed flat in Ampthill.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just received a quarterly maintenance charge demand – Do I pay up?

    The sensible thing to do is discharge the service charge as normal because all ground rent and service charges will be apportioned on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

    I own a leasehold flat in Ampthill. Conveyancing and HSBC Bank mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Ampthill who previously acted has now retired.What should I do?

    First make enquiries of HMLR to be sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is indeed the new freeholder. It is not necessary to instruct a Ampthill conveyancing solicitor to do this as it can be done on-line for £3. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

    Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Ampthill conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Ampthill conveyancing practice) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you speak with two or three firms including non Ampthill conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • Can they put you in touch with client in Ampthill who can give a testimonial?
  • What are the costs for lease extension work?

  • I inherited a 1st floor flat in Ampthill, conveyancing having been completed 1998. How much will my lease extension cost? Comparable properties in Ampthill with an extended lease are worth £208,000. The ground rent is £50 charged once a year. The lease finishes on 21st October 2075

    You have 53 years unexpired we estimate the premium for your lease extension to range between £30,400 and £35,200 plus legals.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide a more accurate figure in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other issues that need to be considered and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward based on this information without first getting professional advice.

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