Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Dunstable:

When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in Dunstable, you will need to chose a conveyancing solicitor with leasehold experience. Whether your lender is to be Santander, Birmingham Midshires or Nationwide make sure you choose a lawyer on their approved list. Find a Dunstable conveyancing lawyer with our search tool

Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Dunstable

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Dunstable. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

Assuming the lease is registered - and almost all are in Dunstable - 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 72 years remaining on my flat in Dunstable. I now wish to extend my lease but my landlord is missing. What should I do?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, 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 mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have made all reasonable attempts to locate the lessor. For most situations an enquiry agent would be useful to try and locate and to produce an expert document to be accepted by the court as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a conveyancer both on devolving into the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Dunstable.

I today plan to offer on a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have just found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Dunstable. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

Most houses in Dunstable are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Dunstable in which case you should be shopping around for a Dunstable conveyancing practitioner and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As 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 freeholder’spermission to carry out changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will advise you fully on all the issues.

I am attracted to a two apartments in Dunstable both have in the region of fifty years unexpired on the leases. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?

A lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease shortens the marketability of the lease decreases and results in it becoming more costly to extend the lease. For this reason it is generally wise to extend the lease term. More often than not it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease because mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease extension can be a protracted process. We recommend you seek professional assistance from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this area

Completion in due on the sale of our £250000 garden flat in Dunstable in just under a week. The freeholder has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Dunstable?

Dunstable conveyancing on leasehold apartments normally results in administration charges invoiced by managing agents :

  • Completing conveyancing due diligence enquiries
  • Where consent is required before sale in Dunstable
  • Supplying insurance information
  • Deeds of covenant upon sale
  • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Dunstable leasehold property is £350. For Dunstable 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 supply the information.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Dunstable - Examples of Questions you should consider Prior to buying

    Does the lease have onerous restrictions? Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge liability? It is important to be aware whether a new roof is being installed or some other major work is coming up to be shared by the leaseholders and will dramatically impact the level of the maintenance charges or require a specific invoice.

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