Recently asked questions relating to Bradford leasehold conveyancing
I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Bradford. Before I get started I would like to find out the number of years remaining on the lease.
Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Bradford - 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.
Planning to complete next month on a basement flat in Bradford. Conveyancing solicitors assured me that they are sending me a report on Monday. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Bradford should include some of the following:
- How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease expires, and informed of the importance of the 80 year mark
I have just started marketing my 2 bed flat in Bradford.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just received a half-yearly service charge invoice – what should I do?
The sensible thing to do is clear 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 management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.
I've found a house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a great price which is making it all the more appealing. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Bradford. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Bradford ?
The majority of houses in Bradford are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Bradford so you should seriously consider looking for a Bradford conveyancing practitioner and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First 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 such as requiring the freeholder’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor will appraise you on the various issues.
Last month I purchased a leasehold property in Bradford. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure 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).
I am the registered owner of a 2 bed flat in Bradford, conveyancing formalities finalised 2011. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Equivalent flats in Bradford with an extended lease are worth £245,000. The ground rent is £60 per annum. The lease terminates on 21st October 2075
You have 52 years left to run the likely cost is going to be between £37,100 and £42,800 plus legals.
The figure above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more detailed investigations. You should not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional issues that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.