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Frequently asked questions relating to Bournemouth leasehold conveyancing

Planning to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Bournemouth. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they are sending me a report within the next couple of days. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • Defining your rights in relation to common areas in the building.For example, does the lease provide for a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • Are pets allowed in the flat?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or working from home
  • 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 your lease has a provision for a reserve fund?
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions) For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Bournemouth please ask your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Bournemouth

  • I own a leasehold house in Bournemouth. Conveyancing and Nottingham Building Society mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1993. The conveyancing solicitor in Bournemouth who acted for me is not around.What should I do?

    The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. There is no need to instruct a Bournemouth conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a two apartments in Bournemouth which have approximately fifty years unexpired on the lease term. Will this present a problem?

    There are plenty of short leases in Bournemouth. The lease is a right to use the property for a prescribed time frame. As a lease shortens the saleability of the lease deteriorate and it becomes more costly to acquire a lease extension. For this reason it is often a good idea to increase the term of the lease. Sometimes it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease enfranchisement can be a protracted process. We advise that you seek professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this field

    I work for a busy estate agency in Bournemouth where we have witnessed a few leasehold sales derailed as a result of short leases. I have received contradictory information from local Bournemouth conveyancing solicitors. Please can you clarify whether the seller of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

    As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the proposed purchaser can avoid having to sit tight for 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

    An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

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

    When appointing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Bournemouth conveyancing practice) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you speak with several firms including non Bournemouth 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 helpful:

    • How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation?
  • What volume of lease extensions have they conducted in Bournemouth in the last twenty four months?

  • I acquired a studio flat in Bournemouth, conveyancing having been completed 1997. Can you shed any light on how much the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease? Equivalent flats in Bournemouth with over 90 years remaining are worth £265,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £60 levied per year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2096

    With 74 years left to run the likely cost is going to be between £9,500 and £11,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

    The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to supply the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward placing reliance on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

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