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Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield. Before I set the wheels in motion I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Dronfield - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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 have recently realised that I have Seventy years remaining on my lease in Dronfield. I now wish to get lease extension but my freeholder is missing. What are my options?

If 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 lengthened by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to locate the landlord. For most situations a specialist may be useful to try and locate and prepare a report which can be used as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a property lawyer both on devolving into the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court covering Dronfield.

Looking forward to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Dronfield. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they will have a report out to me tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Does the lease prevent you from subletting the flat, or working from home
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a reserve fund?
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • The landlord’s rights to access the flat you be made aware that your landlord has rights of access and I know how much notice s/he must provide.
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your premises and do you know what it means in practice? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Dronfield please ask your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Dronfield

  • I own a leasehold flat in Dronfield. Conveyancing and Nationwide Building Society mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1995. The conveyancing solicitor in Dronfield who acted for me is not around.Do I pay?

    First contact HMLR to be sure that this person is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. It is not necessary to instruct a Dronfield conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield can be avoided if you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the buyers representatives.
    • The majority freeholders or managing agents in Dronfield levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Dronfield leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such works. If you fail to have the consents in place you should not communicate with the landlord without checking with your solicitor in advance.
  • A minority of Dronfield leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. The bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying 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 can be a lengthy process and delays many a Dronfield home move. If a reissued share certificate is required, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (if applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Dronfield - A selection of Queries before buying

      You should be aware if it is fewer than eighty years it will affect the salability of the apartment. Check with your lender that they are happy with remaining years on the lease. A short lease means that you will most likely need a lease extension sooner rather than later and you need to have some idea of what this will be. For most Dronfieldlease extensions you would be required to have been the owner of the premises for two years in order to be entitled to carry out a lease extension. Best to be warned whether fixing the lift or some other significant cost is coming up to be shared amongst the tenants and may well materially increase the the service fees or result in a one off invoice. Does the lease contain onerous restrictions?

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    Lease Extensions in Dronfield