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Sample questions relating to Ashton leasehold conveyancing

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Ashton. Before diving in I require certainty as to the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Ashton - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details 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.

Planning to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Ashton. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they report fully within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • Defining your legal entitlements in respect of the communal areas in the block.For instance, does the lease provide for a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • You should be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a reserve fund?
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Ashton please ask your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Ashton

  • I have just appointed agents to market my ground floor apartment in Ashton.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a half-yearly maintenance charge demand – what should I do?

    The sensible thing to do is pay 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.

    I've recently bought a leasehold flat in Ashton. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?

    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 ensure 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).

    Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Ashton from the point of view of speeding up the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Ashton can be bypassed if you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ lawyers.
    • The majority freeholders or managing agents in Ashton levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Ashton.
  • Some Ashton leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this applies to your lease, you should notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers put in hand bank and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying the yearly service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the purchasers or their solicitors.
  • If there is a history of conflict with your landlord or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved prior to the flat being put on the market. The buyers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where there is a current dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or settle the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the buyers, but it is clearly preferable to reveal the dispute as over rather than unresolved.
  • If you hold a share in a the freehold, you should make sure that you are holding the original share certificate. Arranging a new share certificate is often a time consuming process and delays many a Ashton home move. Where a new share is necessary, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Ashton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries before Purchasing

      In the main the outlay for major works are not included within maintenance charges, although there some managing agents in Ashton obliged leaseholders to contribute towards a sinking fund created for the specific purpose of establishing a fund for larger works. Is there a share of the freehold? The best form of lease arrangement is a share of the freehold. In this situation the tenants enjoy being in charge if their destiny and although a managing agent is usually employed where it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent retained by the leaseholders.

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