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Recently asked questions relating to Beaminster leasehold conveyancing

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Beaminster. Before diving in I would like to find out the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and almost all are in Beaminster - 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.

Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my ground floor flat in Beaminster.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – Do I pay up?

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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Beaminster. Conveyancing and Barnsley Building Society mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Beaminster who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

The first thing you should do is make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that this person is in fact the new freeholder. It is not necessary to instruct a Beaminster conveyancing lawyer to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for a few pound. 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.

What advice can you give us when it comes to finding a Beaminster conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

When appointing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Beaminster conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you speak with two or three firms including non Beaminster conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be helpful:

  • How experienced is the firm with lease extension legislation?
  • What volume of lease extensions has the firm completed in Beaminster in the last year?

  • Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Beaminster from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Beaminster can be bypassed where you appoint lawyers the minute your agents start marketing the property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ representatives.
    • The majority landlords or Management Companies in Beaminster charge for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack 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 common cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Beaminster.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? In particular have you installed wooden flooring? Most leases in Beaminster state that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord consenting to such alterations. If you dont have the paperwork to hand do not contact the landlord without contacting your solicitor in the first instance.
  • If you have had conflict with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled before the property is marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be warry about purchasing a flat where there is an ongoing 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 particulars of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as historic rather than unsettled.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should ensure that you hold the original share certificate. Obtaining a replacement share certificate is often a lengthy formality and delays many a Beaminster home move. If a duplicate share certificate is needed, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (if applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Beaminster Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Questions you should consider Prior to buying

      Are there any major works on the horizon that will likely add a premium to the service charges? It would be sensible to discover if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. For example some leases prohibit pets being permitted in certain buildings in Beaminster. If you like the apartmentin Beaminster yet your cat is not allowed to make the move with you then you will be presented with a difficult choice. How many years are left on the lease?

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