Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Eastbourne:

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I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Eastbourne. Before I get started I require certainty as to the remaining lease term.

If the lease is registered - and most are in Eastbourne - 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.

Jane (my partner) and I may need to sub-let our Eastbourne basement flat temporarily due to a career opportunity. We used a Eastbourne conveyancing firm in 2003 but they have closed and we did not have the foresight to seek any advice as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?

Some leases for properties in Eastbourne do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience suggests that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.

Due to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Eastbourne. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they are sending me a report next week. What should I be looking out for?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Eastbourne should include some of the following:

  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, freeholder
  • The physical extent of the property. This will be the apartment itself but could also incorporate a loft or basement if appropriate.
  • Defining your legal entitlements in respect of the communal areas in the building.By way of example, does the lease grant a right of way over a path or staircase?
  • Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the flat, or working from home
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Eastbourne please enquire of your solicitor in advance of your conveyancing in Eastbourne

  • I have just appointed agents to market my garden flat in Eastbourne.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – Do I pay up?

    The sensible thing to do is discharge the service charge 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 until 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.

    All being well we will complete the sale of our £300000 flat in Eastbourne on Thursday in a week. The landlords agents has quoted £372 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Eastbourne?

    Eastbourne conveyancing on leasehold flats usually requires the buyer’s conveyancer sending questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is not legally bound to respond to such questions the majority will be willing to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable administration fee for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some situations it is in excess of £800. The management information fee demanded by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, otherwise the invoice is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that you have little option but to pay whatever is demanded should you wish to complete the sale of your home.

    I purchased a 2 bed flat in Eastbourne, conveyancing was carried out half a dozen years ago. How much will my lease extension cost? Equivalent flats in Eastbourne with a long lease are worth £264,000. The ground rent is £60 yearly. The lease ends on 21st October 2082

    With 61 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £20,900 and £24,200 plus legals.

    The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be other issues that need to be considered and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action based on this information before getting professional advice.

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