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Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Chelmsford

I want to rent out my leasehold flat in Chelmsford. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Is permission from the freeholder required?

A lease governs the relationship between the landlord and you the leaseholder; specifically, it will set out if subletting is not allowed, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The rule is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. Most leases in Chelmsford do not prevent strict prohibition on subletting – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the property. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the sublease.

I only have 72 years left on my flat in Chelmsford. I am keen to get lease extension but my landlord is can not be found. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, 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 granted an extra 90 years by the magistrate. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you have used your best endeavours to locate the lessor. For most situations a specialist may be helpful to conduct investigations and to produce a report to be used as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor in relation to proving the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Chelmsford.

Due to exchange soon on a leasehold property in Chelmsford. Conveyancing solicitors assured me that they will have a report out to me next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • The total extent of the premises. This will be the property itself but may include a roof space or cellar if applicable.
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • Are pets allowed in the flat?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or working from home
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Chelmsford please enquire of your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Chelmsford

  • I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have just discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Chelmsford. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    The majority of houses in Chelmsford are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Chelmsford in which case you should be looking for a Chelmsford conveyancing practitioner and check that they are used to 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 obtaining the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the estate where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer will report to you on the legal implications.

    My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Chelmsford. Conveyancing and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1993. The conveyancing solicitor in Chelmsford who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

    First contact the Land Registry to make sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. There is no need to instruct a Chelmsford conveyancing firm to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

    Chelmsford Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Questions you should ask before buying

      Are any of leasehold owners in arrears of their service charge payments? Is there a share of the freehold? It would be sensible to discover as much as you can about the company managing the building as they will either make life much simpler or uncomfortable. As the proprietor of a leasehold property you are often in the clutches of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to practical matters like the cleanliness of the communal areas. Ask prospective neighbours what they think of their service. On a final note, investigate as to the dates that the maintenance charges are due to the managing agents and specifically what you get for your money.

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