Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Charmouth
Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Charmouth. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they report fully next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Charmouth should include some of the following:
- Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, freeholder
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Charmouth. Conveyancing advisers have not yet been appointed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Charmouth are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Charmouth so you should seriously consider looking for a Charmouth conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as requiring the landlord’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your solicitor will appraise you on the various issues.
What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Charmouth conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Charmouth conveyancing practice) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you make enquires with several firms including non Charmouth conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- What volume of lease extensions have they carried out in Charmouth in the last year?
We expect to complete the disposal of our £500000 apartment in Charmouth in just under a week. The landlords agents has quoted £336 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Charmouth?
Charmouth conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally involves the purchaser’s conveyancer submitting questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to address such questions most will be content to assist. They are at liberty charge a reasonable administration fee for responding to enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some transactions it is above £800. The administration charge invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the invoice is technically not due. In reality you have little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to sell the property.
What makes a Charmouth lease unacceptable for security purposes?
There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Charmouth. All leases is drafted differently and legal mistakes in the legal wording can sometimes mean that certain clauses are missing. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:
- A provision to repair to or maintain elements of the premises
- A duty to insure the building
- Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
- Service charge per centages that don't add up correctly leaving a shortfall
A defective lease will likely cause problems when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Barclays , The Royal Bank of Scotland, and Nottingham Building Society all have very detailed 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.
Leasehold Conveyancing in Charmouth - Sample of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing
It would be prudent to discover as much as you can about the company managing the block as they will impact your use and enjoyment of the property. Being a leasehold owner you will be at the mercy of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to every day issues such as the upkeep of the communal areas. Ask other people if they are happy with them. On a final note, be sure you know the dates that you are obliged pay the service charge to the managing agents and specifically what you get for your money.
Make sure you discover if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For instance it is reasonably common in Charmouth leases that pets are not allowed in in a block in Charmouth. If you like the apartmentin Charmouth yet your cat is not allowed to live with you then you will be faced difficult decision.
Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge liability?