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Top Five Questions relating to Dronfield leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield. Before I get started I would like to find out the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Dronfield - 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’m about to sell my garden flat in Dronfield.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just received a yearly service charge invoice – what should I do?

The sensible thing to do is pay the invoice 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 management companies 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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to be perfect, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Dronfield. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Dronfield ?

The majority of houses in Dronfield are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Dronfield in which case you should be shopping around for a Dronfield conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’sconsent to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the upkeep of the estate where the property is part of an estate. Your solicitor will appraise you on the various issues.

Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield from the perspective of expediting the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield can be reduced where you get in touch lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
  • Many freeholders or Management Companies in Dronfield charge for providing management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Dronfield.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Dronfield leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord consenting to such works. Should you fail to have the paperwork in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer first.
  • 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 obtain bank and professional references. The bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are 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 service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your freeholder or managing agents it is essential that these are resolved before the property is marketed. The buyers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where there is an ongoing dispute. You may have to bite the bullet 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 prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose particulars of the dispute to the buyers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as historic rather than unresolved.

  • All being well we will complete the disposal of our £475000 garden flat in Dronfield next Wednesday . The freeholder has quoted £396 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Dronfield?

    Dronfield conveyancing on leasehold flats usually necessitates the buyer’s lawyer submitting enquiries for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer these enquiries the majority will be content to assist. They are entitled invoice a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average fee for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some transactions it is above £800. The management information fee required by the landlord must be sent together with a synopsis of rights and obligations in relation to administration charges, otherwise the charge is technically not due. In reality you have little option but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to complete the sale of your home.

    Dronfield Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

      For most Dronfield leaseholds the cost for major works are not included within maintenance charges, although there some managing agents in Dronfield obliged tenants to contribute towards a reserve fund created for the specific intention of building a fund for larger repairs or maintenance. How much is the ground rent and service charge? How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their maintenance charge payments?

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