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Questions and Answers: Braintree leasehold conveyancing

I am intending to rent out my leasehold flat in Braintree. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?

A lease governs relations between the freeholder and you the flat owner; in particular, it will set out if subletting is prohibited, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The rule is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. Most leases in Braintree do not prevent subletting altogether – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the property. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly sending a copy of the tenancy agreement.

There are only Seventy years unexpired on my lease in Braintree. I now want to extend my lease but my freeholder is missing. What are my options?

If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be extended by the Court. However, you will be required to prove that you have made all reasonable attempts to find the freeholder. For most situations a specialist should be useful to try and locate and to produce an expert document to be used as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer in relation to devolving into the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court covering Braintree.

Due to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Braintree. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they report fully 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 Braintree should include some of the following:

  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • The physical extent of the premises. This will be the flat itself but may incorporate a roof space or cellar if appropriate.
  • You need to be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • The landlord’s rights to access the flat you be made aware that your landlord has rights of access and I know how much notice s/he must provide.
  • 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 contained in your report on your leasehold property in Braintree please enquire of your solicitor in advance of your conveyancing in Braintree

  • My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Braintree. Conveyancing and Clydesdale mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1996. The conveyancing practitioner in Braintree who acted for me is not around.Do I pay?

    First make enquiries of the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to instruct a Braintree conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    All being well we will complete our sale of a £200000 apartment in Braintree on Wednesday in a week. The freeholder has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Braintree?

    Braintree conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally requires the purchaser’s solicitor sending questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer such questions the majority will be content to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some transactions it is above £800. The administration charge demanded by the landlord must be sent together with a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration fees, without which the invoice is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that one has no choice but to pay whatever is demanded should you wish to sell the property.

    Braintree Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries before buying

      Best to be warned whether fixing the lift or some other major work is anticipated to be shared by the leaseholders and will dramatically increase the the service costs or necessitate a one off payment. If a Braintree lease has less than 80 years it will have adverse implications on the salability of the apartment. It is worth checking with your lender that they are willing to to proceed given the lease term. A short lease means that you will almost definitely need a lease extension sooner rather than later and it is worth finding out how much this will be. Remember, in most cases you will need to own the property for a couple of years in order to be eligible to extend the lease. Is there a share of the freehold?

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