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Common questions relating to Denbigh leasehold conveyancing

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

If the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Denbigh - 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.

I've found a house that appears to be perfect, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently found out that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Denbigh. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Denbigh ?

The majority of houses in Denbigh are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Denbigh so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Denbigh conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor should report to you on the legal implications.

I own a leasehold house in Denbigh. Conveyancing and Yorkshire Building Society mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1992. The conveyancing practitioner in Denbigh who acted for me is not around.What should I do?

The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. It is not necessary to instruct a Denbigh conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. You should note that regardless, even if this is the legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Denbigh conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

If you are instructing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Denbigh conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you talk with several firms including non Denbigh conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be helpful:

  • What volume of lease extensions has the firm carried out in Denbigh in the last twenty four months?
  • What are the costs for lease extension conveyancing?

  • Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Denbigh with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Denbigh can be avoided if you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation needed by the buyers lawyers.
    • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Denbigh state that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. If you fail to have the consents to hand you should not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer in advance.
  • A minority of Denbigh leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this applies to your lease, it would be prudent to notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is able to meet the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the freehold, you should ensure that you hold the original share document. Organising a new share certificate is often a lengthy formality and delays many a Denbigh conveyancing transaction. Where a duplicate share certificate is required, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You may think that you are aware of the number of years left on your lease but it would be advisable double-check by asking your conveyancers. A purchaser's lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to to exchange contracts if the lease term is under 80 years. In the circumstances it is important at an early stage that you consider whether the lease for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • Denbigh Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should ask Prior to buying

      How many years remain on the lease? Is there a share of the freehold? Generally speaking the cost for major works are not included within service charges, although some managing agents in Denbigh ask leasehold owners to pay into a reserve fund created for the specific purpose of building a fund for major works.

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    Lease Extensions in Denbigh