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Top Five Questions relating to Aston on Trent leasehold conveyancing

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Aston on Trent. Before I set the wheels in motion I would like to find out the number of years remaining on the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Aston on Trent - 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.

Looking forward to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Aston on Trent. Conveyancing lawyers have said 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 Aston on Trent should include some of the following:

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease ends, and informed of the importance of the 80 year mark
  • Do you need to have carpet in the flat or are you allowed wood flooring?
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this will change in the future
  • An explanation as to the provision in the lease to pay service charges - with regard to both the building, and the more general rights a leaseholder has
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • 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 Aston on Trent please enquire of your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Aston on Trent

  • I've found a house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have since discovered that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Aston on Trent. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be instructed. Will they explain the issues?

    The majority of houses in Aston on Trent are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Aston on Trent so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Aston on Trent conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions such as requiring the landlord’spermission to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer should advise you fully on all the issues.

    Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Aston on Trent. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?

    In a situation 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. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part 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).

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

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Aston on Trent can be bypassed where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers lawyers.
    • Some Aston on Trent leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this is the case, it would be prudent to notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers obtain financial (bank) and professional references. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is able to meet the annual 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 buyers or their lawyers.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved before the property is put on the market. The purchasers and their solicitors will be warry about purchasing a property where there is a current dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to completion of the sale. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the buyers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as over rather than unresolved.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share document. Obtaining a replacement share certificate is often a lengthy formality and slows down many a Aston on Trent conveyancing transaction. Where a reissued share certificate is required, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.
  • You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to double-check by asking your solicitors. A buyer’s conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the remaining number of years is under 80 years. It is therefore important at an early stage that you consider whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Aston on Trent - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

      Many Aston on Trent leasehold flats will incur a service bill for maintenance of the building levied by the management company. Where you purchase the flat you will have to meet this contribution, normally quarterly accross the year. This could differ from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. In all likelihood there will be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, normally this is not a large sum, say approximately £25-£75 but you need to enquire as on occasion it can be many hundreds of pounds. Does the lease include onerous restrictions? The answer will be important as a) areas can result in problems for the block as the common areas may begin to deteriorate if repairs are not paid for b) if the tenants have an issue with the running of the building you will wish to have full disclosure

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