Leasehold Conveyancing in Christchurch - Get a Quote from the leasehold experts approved by your lender

When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch, you will need to appoint a conveyancing lawyer with leasehold experience. Whether your mortgage company is to be Halifax, Yorkshire Building Society or NatWest make sure you choose a lawyer on their approved list. Feel free to use our search tool

Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch

Frank (my husband) and I may need to rent out our Christchurch ground floor flat for a while due to a new job. We instructed a Christchurch conveyancing practice in 2002 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

Your lease governs the relationship between the freeholder and you the flat owner; in particular, it will say if subletting is prohibited, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. Most leases in Christchurch do not prevent strict prohibition on subletting – such a provision would adversely affect the market value the property. Instead, there is usually a basic requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the tenancy agreement.

I have just started marketing my ground floor flat in Christchurch.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just had a quarterly service charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

The sensible thing to do is pay 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 unless 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Christchurch conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

If you are instructing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Christchurch conveyancing practice) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We recommend that you make enquires with several firms including non Christchurch conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be of use:

  • If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason?
  • What volume of lease extensions has the firm completed in Christchurch in the last twenty four months?

  • Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch can be bypassed if you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
    • Many landlords or managing agents in Christchurch levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s consent? In particular have you installed wooden flooring? Christchurch leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such changes. If you dont have the consents to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your conveyancer first.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you are holding the original share certificate. Arranging a re-issued share certificate can be a lengthy process and frustrates many a Christchurch home move. Where a new share certificate is necessary, do contact the company officers or managing agents (if relevant) for this as soon as possible.
  • You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to double-check via your lawyers. A buyer’s lawyer will not be happy to advise their client to where the remaining number of years is under 80 years. In the circumstances it is important at an early stage that you consider whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • We expect to complete our sale of a £350000 garden flat in Christchurch next Monday . The freeholder has quoted £324 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Christchurch?

    Christchurch conveyancing on leasehold flats more often than not involves the purchaser’s solicitor sending questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable charge for responding to enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average fee for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some situations it is in excess of £800. The administration charge invoiced by the landlord must be sent together with a summary of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration charges, otherwise the invoice is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that you have little option but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to sell the property.

    Christchurch Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

      The answer will be helpful as a) areas can cause problems for the building as the communal areas may begin to deteriorate if services are not paid for b) if the leasehold owners have a dispute with the managing agents you will want to have full disclosure How is the lease structured? The best form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this situation the tenants benefit from being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is usually employed if the building is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent retained by the leaseholders.

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    Lease Extensions in Christchurch