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Questions and Answers: Caddington leasehold conveyancing

Helen (my wife) and I may need to sub-let our Caddington garden flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We instructed a Caddington conveyancing practice in 2002 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?

Your lease governs the relationship 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 conditions. The rule is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. The majority of leases in Caddington do not contain an absolute prevention of subletting – such a clause would undoubtedly devalue the flat. Instead, there is usually a basic requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly sending a copy of the sublease.

Planning to exchange soon on a garden flat in Caddington. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Caddington should include some of the following:

  • Does the lease require carpeting throughout thus preventing wood flooring?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the flat, or working from home
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a reserve fund?
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your premises and do you know what it means in practice?
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Caddington please ask your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Caddington

  • I have just started marketing my ground floor flat in Caddington.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just had a yearly service charge demand – Do I pay up?

    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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

    What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Caddington conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

    If you are instructing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Caddington conveyancing firm) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you make enquires with several firms including non Caddington conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be useful:

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

  • Completion in due on the disposal of our £375000 apartment in Caddington on Monday in a week. The managing agents has quoted £396 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge such fees for a flat conveyance in Caddington?

    Caddington conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally necessitates the purchaser’s lawyer sending questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer these enquiries most will be content to do so. They are at liberty invoice a reasonable charge for answering questions or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average fee for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some transactions it is in excess of £800. The administration charge required by the landlord must be sent together with a synopsis of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the charge is technically not due. In reality one has no option but to pay whatever is demanded if you want to sell the property.

    Leasehold Conveyancing in Caddington - A selection of Queries before buying

      Be sure to investigate if the the lease contains any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For example plenty of leases prohibit pets being allowed in in a block in Caddington. If you like the propertyin Caddington but your dog can’t move with you then you will be faced hard decision. Is there a share of the freehold? The prefered form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this scenario the lessees enjoy control and even though a managing agent is often employed if the building is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent employed by the leaseholders.

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    Lease Extensions in Caddington