Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Dawlish:

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Dawlish leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s

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

Even though your previous Dawlish conveyancing lawyer is not around you can check your lease to check if you are permitted to let out the premises. The accepted inference is that if the lease is non-specific, subletting is permitted. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you must seek consent via your landlord or some other party in advance of subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior consent. The consent should not be unreasonably refused ore delayed. If the lease does not allow you to sublet you should ask your landlord for their consent.

I've found a house that seems to be perfect, at a great figure 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 particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Dawlish. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Dawlish ?

The majority of houses in Dawlish are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Dawlish in which case you should be shopping around for a Dawlish conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the upkeep of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

I own a leasehold flat in Dawlish. Conveyancing and Leeds Building Society mortgage are in place. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1996. The conveyancing solicitor in Dawlish who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

First contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to incur the fees of a Dawlish conveyancing practitioner to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

If all goes to plan we aim to complete the sale of our £400000 garden flat in Dawlish next Friday . The freeholder has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Dawlish?

Dawlish conveyancing on leasehold flats nine out of ten times involves fees being levied by landlords agents :

  • Completing conveyancing due diligence questions
  • Where consent is required before sale in Dawlish
  • Supplying insurance information
  • Deeds of covenant upon sale
  • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your solicitor will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Dawlish leasehold premises is £350. For Dawlish conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to provide answers.

In relation to leasehold conveyancing in Dawlish what are the most frequent lease problems?

Leasehold conveyancing in Dawlish is not unique. All leases is drafted differently and drafting errors can result in certain clauses are wrong. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

  • Repairing obligations to or maintain elements of the building
  • 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 primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. HSBC Bank, Chelsea Building Society, and Barclays Direct all have very detailed requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is defective they may refuse to grant the mortgage, obliging the purchaser to pull out.

Dawlish Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

    Does the lease have onerous restrictions? Are any of leasehold owners in arrears of their service charge payments? Best to be warned whether redecorating or some other major work is due shortly to be shared between the tenants and will materially impact the level of the maintenance charges or require a one off payment.

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