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Crosby leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Crosby. Before diving in I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Crosby - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title.For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

There are only 68 years left on my flat in Crosby. I am keen to extend my lease but my landlord is can not be found. What are my options?

On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be extended by the magistrate. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you have used your best endeavours to locate the freeholder. For most situations an enquiry agent would be helpful to try and locate and prepare a report to be accepted by the court as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a property lawyer in relation to proving the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Crosby.

I am looking at a two maisonettes in Crosby which have approximately fifty years left on the leases. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?

A lease is a right to use the premises for a period of time. As the lease gets shorter the saleability of the lease deteriorate and results in it becoming more expensive to extend the lease. For this reason it is advisable to increase the term of the lease. More often than not it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease because mortgage lenders may be reluctant to lend money on properties of this type. Lease enfranchisement can be a difficult process. We recommend you get professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this arena

Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Crosby from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Crosby can be avoided where you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the buyers conveyancers.
  • The majority freeholders or Management Companies in Crosby levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the fee that they propose to charge. The management information can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Crosby.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Crosby leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or laying down wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord consenting to such alterations. If you dont have the consents in place you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your conveyancer first.
  • If you have had conflict with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved prior to the flat being marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be concerned about purchasing a property where there is an ongoing dispute. You may need to swallow your pride and pay any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the buyers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as historic rather than unresolved.
  • You may think that you are aware of the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be advisable double-check via your solicitors. A purchaser's conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to proceed with the purchase of a leasehold property the remaining number of years is under 75 years. It is therefore essential at an as soon as possible that you consider whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your premises on the market for sale.

  • If all goes to plan we aim to complete the sale of our £125000 apartment in Crosby next week. The landlords agents has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a leasehold conveyance in Crosby?

    Crosby conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes usually requires the purchaser’s solicitor sending enquiries for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to address these enquiries most will be content to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable charge for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some cases it is above £800. The administration charge required by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of entitlements and obligations in respect of administration fees, otherwise the invoice is technically not due. In reality you have little option but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to sell the property.

    Crosby Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Questions you should ask Prior to buying

      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 although a managing agent is frequently retained if it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves. Does the lease contain onerous restrictions? Most Crosby leasehold flats will be liable to pay a service bill for maintenance of the building invoiced by the freeholder. Where you purchase the apartment you will have to meet this contribution, normally quarterly throughout the year. This could be anything from two or three hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. In all probability there will be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, this is usually not a significant sum, say about £50-£100 but you need to enquire as sometimes it can be surprisingly expensive.

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