Common questions relating to Greenfield leasehold conveyancing
I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Greenfield. Before diving in I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.
Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Greenfield - 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.
I only have Sixty One years remaining on my flat in Greenfield. I am keen to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. What options are available to me?
If 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 granted an extra 90 years by the magistrate. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you have made all reasonable attempts to locate the lessor. On the whole a specialist should be helpful to carry out a search and prepare a report which can be used as evidence that the landlord is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer in relation to investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Greenfield.
Due to complete next month on a basement flat in Greenfield. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they will have a report out to me tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Greenfield should include some of the following:
- You should receive a copy of the lease
I've recently bought a leasehold house in Greenfield. 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 lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, 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).
Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Greenfield with the purpose of expediting the sale process?
- Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Greenfield can be avoided if you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the buyers conveyancers.
- If you have carried out any alterations to the residence would they have required Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Greenfield leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord approving such works. If you dont have the paperwork to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without checking with your lawyer first.
Greenfield Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries before Purchasing
The majority of Greenfield leasehold flats will be liable to pay a service charge for maintenance of the building set on behalf of the management company. Should you acquire the apartment you will have to meet this contribution, usually quarterly accross the year. This may differ from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. In all probability there will be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, this is usually not a large sum, say approximately £50-£100 but you need to enquire it because sometimes it can be prohibitively expensive.
On the whole the outlay for major works tend not to be wrapped into the maintenance charges, although a few managing agents in Greenfield obliged tenants to pay into a reserve fund and this is used to offset against major repairs or maintenance.
Does the lease have onerous restrictions?