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Recently asked questions relating to Haddenham leasehold conveyancing

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Haddenham. Before I get started I want to be sure as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Haddenham - 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’m about to sell my basement apartment in Haddenham.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a yearly service charge demand – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

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

I've found a house that seems to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently discovered that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Haddenham. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Haddenham ?

The majority of houses in Haddenham 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 clear that you are purchasing in Haddenham so you should seriously consider looking for a Haddenham conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Haddenham with the purpose of expediting the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Haddenham can be reduced if you get in touch lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ representatives.
  • The majority landlords or managing agents in Haddenham charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Haddenham.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Haddenham leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or addition of wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Where you dont have the approvals to hand do not communicate with the landlord without checking with your lawyer before hand.
  • A minority of Haddenham leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is able to meet the yearly service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the purchasers or their solicitors.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the freehold, you should make sure that you are holding the original share certificate. Organising a new share certificate is often a time consuming formality and frustrates many a Haddenham home move. Where a reissued share is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where applicable) for this as soon as possible.

  • What makes a Haddenham lease problematic?

    There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Haddenham. All leases are individual and legal mistakes in the legal wording can result in certain provisions are erroneous. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    • A provision to repair to or maintain parts of the premises
    • A duty to insure the building
    • A provision for the recovery of money spent for the benefit of another party.
    • Service charge per centages that don't add up correctly leaving a shortfall

    A defective lease can cause problems when trying to sell a property primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. Birmingham Midshires, Barnsley Building Society, and TSB all have express conveyancing instructions when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is problematic they may refuse to grant the mortgage, obliging the purchaser to pull out.

    Haddenham Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should ask Prior to Purchasing

      Most Haddenham leasehold apartments will have a service bill for maintenance of the building levied on behalf of the freeholder. If you buy the flat you will have to pay this liability, usually in instalments accross the year. This can vary from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for bigger purpose-built blocks. In all likelihood there will be a ground rent to be met annual, ordinarily this is not a significant sum, say around £50-£100 but you should to check it because on occasion it could be surprisingly expensive. How long is the Lease? Make sure you enquire if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. For instance it is reasonably common in Haddenham leases that pets are not allowed in in a block in Haddenham. If you love the apartmentin Haddenham however your cat can’t make the move with you then you will be presented with a hard choice.

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