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Any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically deal with your leasehold conveyancing in Birkenhead, your mortgage provider may not be willing to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

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I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Birkenhead. Before I get started I require certainty as to the unexpired term of the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Birkenhead - 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.

Expecting to exchange soon on a leasehold property in Birkenhead. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease ends, and informed of the importance of not letting the lease term falling below eighty years
  • The total extent of the property. This will be the flat itself but may incorporate a loft or basement if applicable.
  • You need to be told what constitutes a Nuisance in the lease
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • What you can do if a neighbour breach a clause of their lease?
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Birkenhead please enquire of your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Birkenhead

  • I’m about to sell my 2 bed flat in Birkenhead.Conveyancing is yet to be initiated but I have just received a half-yearly maintenance charge demand – what should I do?

    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 managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless 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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

    What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Birkenhead conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Birkenhead conveyancing firm) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you speak with several firms including non Birkenhead conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be useful:

    • What volume of lease extensions has the firm carried out in Birkenhead in the last 12 months?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Birkenhead who can give a testimonial?

  • Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Birkenhead from the point of view of speeding up the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Birkenhead can be reduced if you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the buyers solicitors.
    • Many landlords or Management Companies in Birkenhead levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. 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 obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most frequent cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Birkenhead.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Birkenhead leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord approving such alterations. Where you fail to have the paperwork to hand do not communicate with the landlord without checking with your lawyer before hand.
  • If there is a history of conflict with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are settled before the property is put on the market. The buyers and their solicitors will be nervous about purchasing a property where a dispute is ongoing. You may need to swallow your pride and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as over as opposed to ongoing.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should ensure that you have the original share certificate. Obtaining a duplicate share certificate is often a time consuming process and frustrates many a Birkenhead conveyancing deal. Where a reissued share certificate is needed, do contact the company officers or managing agents (if relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • I own a studio flat in Birkenhead, conveyancing having been completed half a dozen years ago. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Equivalent properties in Birkenhead with over 90 years remaining are worth £226,000. The ground rent is £50 levied per year. The lease expires on 21st October 2077

    With 53 years left to run we estimate the premium for your lease extension to range between £29,500 and £34,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

    The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more detailed due diligence. You should not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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