Recently asked questions relating to Camborne leasehold conveyancing
Harry (my fiance) and I may need to rent out our Camborne 1st floor flat temporarily due to a new job. We instructed a Camborne conveyancing practice in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not have the foresight to get any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
A lease dictates the relationship between the freeholder and you the leaseholder; specifically, it will set out if subletting is not allowed, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The rule is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. The majority of leases in Camborne do not contain an absolute prevention of subletting – such a provision would undoubtedly devalue the flat. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the sublease.
I have just appointed agents to market my garden apartment in Camborne.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – what should I do?
The sensible thing to do is discharge the service charge 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 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.
Can you offer any advice when it comes to finding a Camborne conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Camborne conveyancing practice) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Camborne 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 useful:
- If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?
If all goes to plan we aim to complete our sale of a £250000 flat in Camborne on Thursday in a week. The landlords agents has quoted £396 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Camborne?
Camborne conveyancing on leasehold apartments usually involves administration charges raised by managing agents :
- Addressing pre-contract questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Camborne
- Supplying insurance information
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in Camborne what are the most frequent lease problems?
There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Camborne. Most leases are unique and drafting errors can result in certain sections are not included. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:
- Repairing obligations to or maintain elements of the premises
- Insurance obligations
- Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
- Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage
A defective lease can cause problems when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Nationwide Building Society, Virgin Money, and Platform Home Loans Ltd all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. Where a lender has been advised by their lawyers that the lease is problematic they may refuse to provide security, forcing the buyer to withdraw.
Camborne Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing
How much is the annual service fee and ground rent?
Best to be warned whether window replacement or some other major work is due shortly that will be shared amongst the leasehold owners and could well materially increase the the service charges or result in a specific payment.
Is anyone aware of any major works anticipated that will likely add a premium to the service fees?