Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Bedford:

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Common questions relating to Bedford leasehold conveyancing

Jane (my partner) and I may need to sub-let our Bedford ground floor flat for a while due to a new job. We used a Bedford conveyancing practice in 2001 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any guidance as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

The lease dictates the relationship between the landlord and you the leaseholder; specifically, it will set out if subletting is banned, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Bedford do not contain subletting altogether – such a provision would adversely affect the market value the property. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly sending a copy of the sublease.

I only have Sixty One years left on my lease in Bedford. I need to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. What are my options?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be extended by the Court. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to track down the freeholder. In some cases a specialist should be helpful to conduct investigations and prepare a report which can be used as evidence that the landlord can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor both on investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Bedford.

Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a garden flat in Bedford. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they report fully next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Setting out your legal entitlements in respect of the communal areas in the building.For example, does the lease permit a right of way over an accessway or staircase?
  • Whether the lease restricts you from renting out the property, or having a home office for business
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a reserve fund?
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What you can do if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease?
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Bedford please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Bedford

  • What are your top tips when it comes to finding a Bedford conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Bedford conveyancing practice) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you make enquires with several firms including non Bedford conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be useful:

    • If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Bedford who can give a testimonial?

  • We expect to complete the disposal of our £325000 flat in Bedford on Tuesday in a week. The landlords agents has quoted £372 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a flat conveyance in Bedford?

    For most leasehold sales in Bedford conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Completing pre-contract questions
    • Where consent is required before sale in Bedford
    • Copies of the building insurance and schedule
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your solicitor will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Bedford leasehold property is £350. For Bedford conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to supply answers.

    I bought a studio flat in Bedford, conveyancing having been completed half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Corresponding properties in Bedford with an extended lease are worth £261,000. The ground rent is £45 levied per year. The lease terminates on 21st October 2071

    With 50 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to range between £35,200 and £40,600 plus costs.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward based on this information before getting professional advice.

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