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Sample questions relating to Egremont leasehold conveyancing

I’m about to sell my ground floor apartment in Egremont.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a yearly maintenance charge demand – what should I do?

Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to be perfect, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Egremont. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

Most houses in Egremont are freehold and not 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 apparent that you are purchasing in Egremont in which case you should be shopping around for a Egremont conveyancing practitioner and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions for example obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor should appraise you on the various issues.

Last month I purchased a leasehold house in Egremont. Do I have any liability for service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?

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. A critical element 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).

I am a negotiator for a long established estate agency in Egremont where we see a few flat sales jeopardised due to short leases. I have been given contradictory information from local Egremont conveyancing firms. Please can you clarify whether the seller of a flat can start the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to commence the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the proposed purchaser need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done prior to, or at the same time as completion of the disposal of the property.

An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Egremont conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

If you are instructing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Egremont conveyancing practice) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We recommend that you talk with two or three firms including non Egremont conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be of use:

  • What volume of lease extensions have they completed in Egremont in the last year?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Egremont who can give a testimonial?

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Egremont - A selection of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing

      Make sure you discover if there are any onerous prohibitions in the lease. For example some leases prohibit pets being permitted in certain buildings in Egremont. If you like the propertyin Egremont but your dog is not allowed to make the move with you then you will be faced difficult compromise. You will want to discover as much as you can about the managing agents as they will impact your use and enjoyment of the property. Being a leasehold owner you will be in the clutches of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to daily issues such as the upkeep of the communal areas. Enquire of prospective neighbours whether they are happy with their management. In conclusion, find out the dates that the service fees are due to the managing agents and precisely what it includes. If a Egremont lease has no more than 80 years it will impact the value of the apartment. It is worth checking with your lender that they are willing to lend given the lease term. Leases with less than 80 years remaining means that you will most likely require a lease extension sooner rather than later and you need to have some idea of what this will be. Remember, in most cases you would be be obliged to have owned the premises for two years in order to be eligible to exercise a lease extension.

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