Sample questions relating to Earley leasehold conveyancing
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have since found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Earley. Conveyancing advisers have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Earley are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Earley in which case you should be looking for a Earley conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a tenant you will not be entirely free 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. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will advise you fully on all the issues.
I own a leasehold flat in Earley. Conveyancing and Platform Home Loans Ltd mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing solicitor in Earley who previously acted has long since retired.Do I pay?
The first thing you should do is contact HMLR to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to incur the fees of a Earley conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for a few pound. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Earley conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?
If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Earley conveyancing firm) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Earley conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- How experienced is the practice with lease extension legislation?
Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Earley from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?
- A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Earley can be bypassed where you get in touch lawyers the minute your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
- If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Earley leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring require a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such changes. Should you fail to have the approvals to hand do not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer in the first instance.
If all goes to plan we aim to complete the disposal of our £350000 garden flat in Earley in just under a week. The managing agents has quoted £408 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Earley?
Earley conveyancing on leasehold flats usually requires the purchaser’s solicitor sending enquiries for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is not legally bound to answer these enquiries the majority will be willing to do so. They are entitled invoice a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some transactions it is above £800. The administration charge levied by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of entitlements and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the invoice is not strictly payable. In reality you have little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.
Earley Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries before Purchasing
How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their service charge payments?
The prefered form of lease arrangement is where the freehold title is owned by the leaseholders. In this arrangement the tenants have being in charge if their destiny and notwithstanding that a managing agent is usually retained where it is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves.
This information is useful as a) areas could result in problems in the block as the common areas may start to deteriorate if maintenance remain unpaid b) if the tenants have a dispute with the running of the building you will want to know about it