Benfleet leasehold conveyancing Example Support Desk Enquiries
Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Benfleet. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.
If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Benfleet - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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.
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have since discovered that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Benfleet. Conveyancing advisers have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Benfleet ?
The majority of houses in Benfleet are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in Benfleet in which case you should be shopping around for a Benfleet conveyancing practitioner and check that they have experience in advising 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 at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer should report to you on the legal implications.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Benfleet. Conveyancing and Skipton Building Society mortgage are in place. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1996. The conveyancing solicitor in Benfleet who acted for me is not around.Any advice?
First make enquiries of HMLR to be sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. There is no need to instruct a Benfleet conveyancing firm to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
I am looking at a couple of flats in Benfleet which have approximately forty five years unexpired on the leases. should I be concerned?
A lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease gets shorter the marketability of the lease decreases and it becomes more expensive to acquire a lease extension. For this reason it is often a good idea to increase the term of the lease. More often than not it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease because mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on properties of this type. Lease enfranchisement can be a difficult process. We recommend you seek professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this field
I've recently bought a leasehold flat in Benfleet. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee 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. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure 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).
Benfleet Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to buying
What is the maintenance charge and ground rent on the apartment?
It would be a good idea to investigate if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. For example some leases prohibit pets being allowed in certain buildings in Benfleet. If you like the propertyin Benfleet however your cat is not allowed to live with you then you will be presented with a difficult decision.
Plenty Benfleet leasehold apartments will incur a service bill for the upkeep of the building set by the landlord. If you acquire the property you will have to pay this amount, normally periodically during the year. This could be anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. There will also be a rentcharge to be met annual, normally this is not a significant sum, say around £25-£75 but you need to check as on occasion it could be many hundreds of pounds.