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Helen (my wife) and I may need to rent out our Barnstaple basement flat temporarily due to a new job. We instructed a Barnstaple conveyancing practice in 2002 but they have since shut and we did not have the foresight to get any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

A small minority of properties in Barnstaple do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience suggests that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting permission.

I am hoping to exchange soon on a studio apartment in Barnstaple. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they are sending me a report on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Barnstaple should include some of the following:

  • Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the property, or having a home office for business
  • You need to 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 is subject to change
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required
  • The landlord’s obligations to repair and maintain the building. It is important that you know who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of every part of the building
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Barnstaple please ask your conveyancer in ahead of your conveyancing in Barnstaple

  • I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to be perfect, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Barnstaple. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Barnstaple ?

    Most houses in Barnstaple are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Barnstaple in which case you should be looking for a Barnstaple conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer should appraise you on the various issues.

    What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Barnstaple conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Barnstaple conveyancing practice) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you talk with several firms including non Barnstaple conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm 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 Barnstaple who can give a testimonial?
  • What are the costs for lease extension work?

  • When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in Barnstaple what are the most frequent lease problems?

    There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Barnstaple. All leases is drafted differently and drafting errors can sometimes mean that certain provisions are erroneous. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain parts of the property
    • Insurance obligations
    • Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
    • Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage

    A defective lease can cause problems when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Barclays , The Royal Bank of Scotland, and Alliance & Leicester all have express conveyancing instructions when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is problematic they may refuse to provide security, forcing the buyer to pull out.

    Barnstaple Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries before Purchasing

      What is the maintenance charge and ground rent on the apartment? It would be wise to find out if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. By way of example it is reasonably common in Barnstaple leases that pets are not permitted in certain buildings in Barnstaple. If you love the flatin Barnstaple yet your cat is not allowed to make the move with you then you will be faced hard decision. What restrictions are there in the Barnstaple Lease?

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