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Recently asked questions relating to Bedminster leasehold conveyancing

There are only Sixty One years left on my flat in Bedminster. I am keen to extend my lease but my freeholder is absent. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be lengthened by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to find the freeholder. For most situations a specialist would be useful to conduct investigations and prepare an expert document which can be used as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer in relation to proving the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Bedminster.

Expecting to exchange soon on a garden flat in Bedminster. Conveyancing lawyers inform me 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 Bedminster should include some of the following:

  • The physical extent of the demise. This will be the flat itself but may incorporate a loft or cellar if appropriate.
  • Setting out your rights in relation to common areas in the block.For example, does the lease contain a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • Will you be prohibited or prevented from having pets in the property?
  • 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
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your property and do you know what it means in practice?
  • 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
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Bedminster please ask your solicitor in advance of your conveyancing in Bedminster

  • My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Bedminster. Conveyancing and Barnsley Building Society mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing practitioner in Bedminster who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

    The first thing you should do is contact HMLR to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. You do not need to instruct a Bedminster conveyancing lawyer to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

    Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Bedminster conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Bedminster conveyancing practice) 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 Bedminster conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • How experienced is the firm with lease extension legislation?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Bedminster who can give a testimonial?

  • In relation to leasehold conveyancing in Bedminster what are the most frequent lease defects?

    Leasehold conveyancing in Bedminster is not unique. All leases are individual and legal mistakes in the legal wording can result in certain sections are not included. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain parts of the building
    • A duty to insure the building
    • A provision for the recovery of money spent for the benefit of another party.
    • Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage

    A defective lease will likely cause issues when trying to sell a property primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. HSBC Bank, Coventry Building Society, and Bank of Ireland all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease does not cover certain provisions they may refuse to provide security, obliging the buyer to withdraw.

    I am the registered owner of a ground floor flat in Bedminster, conveyancing was carried out 5 years ago. Can you give me give me an indication of the likely cost of a lease extension? Similar properties in Bedminster with over 90 years remaining are worth £221,000. The ground rent is £55 yearly. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2084

    With only 63 years left to run we estimate the premium for your lease extension to range between £15,200 and £17,600 as well as costs.

    The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to provide the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive investigations. Do not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action placing reliance on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

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