Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Ardwick
I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Ardwick. Before I get started I want to be sure as to the remaining lease term.
Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and almost all are in Ardwick - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title.For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.
Looking forward to complete next month on a leasehold property in Ardwick. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they report fully on Monday. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Ardwick should include some of the following:
- The physical extent of the premises. This will be the flat itself but may incorporate a roof space or basement if applicable.
I have just appointed agents to market my garden flat in Ardwick.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just received a yearly service charge demand – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?
It best that you clear the invoice 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 management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until 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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Ardwick. Conveyancing and Santander mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Ardwick who acted for me is not around.What should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to be sure that this person is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. It is not necessary to incur the fees of a Ardwick conveyancing practitioner to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Ardwick. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
Leasehold Conveyancing in Ardwick - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing
Many Ardwick leasehold flats will have a service bill for the upkeep of the block levied by the freeholder. Where you purchase the property you will have to meet this charge, normally periodically during the year. This may be anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for bigger purpose-built blocks. In all likelihood there will be a ground rent for you to pay annual, this is usually not a significant sum, say about £25-£75 but you need to check it because on occasion it could be many hundreds of pounds.
How is the lease structured?
It would be sensible to enquire if there are any onerous restrictions in the lease. For example it is fairly common in Ardwick leases that pets are not allowed in in a block in Ardwick. If you love the propertyin Ardwick yet your dog can’t move with you then you will be presented with a difficult choice.