Eastbourne leasehold conveyancing Example Support Desk Enquiries
I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Eastbourne. Before I set the wheels in motion I would like to find out the number of years remaining on the lease.
If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Eastbourne - 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 only have Fifty years remaining on my flat in Eastbourne. I need to extend my lease but my landlord is missing. What are my options?
On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you have used your best endeavours to locate the landlord. In some cases a specialist would be useful to carry out a search and prepare a report which can be accepted by the court as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor both on devolving into the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Eastbourne.
I’m about to sell my ground floor flat in Eastbourne.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a quarterly maintenance 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've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently been informed that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Eastbourne. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Eastbourne ?
The majority of houses in Eastbourne are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Eastbourne in which case you should be shopping around for a Eastbourne conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will appraise you on the various issues.
Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Eastbourne. Am I liable to pay service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
Eastbourne Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should consider before buying
Does the lease include onerous restrictions?
Are there any major works on the horizon that will likely increase the maintenance fees?
The prefered form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this arrangement the tenants have being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is usually retained if it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent employed by the leaseholders.