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Top Five Questions relating to Helsby leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Helsby. Before I get started I would like to find out the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Helsby - 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 would like to rent out my leasehold flat in Helsby. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?

A small minority of properties in Helsby do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably refuse 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 permission.

Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Helsby with the purpose of speeding up the sale process?

  • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Helsby can be reduced where you appoint lawyers as soon as your agents start advertising the property and request that they start to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the buyers representatives.
  • Many freeholders or managing agents in Helsby charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most frequent cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Helsby.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Helsby state that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord approving such alterations. Should you dont have the consents to hand you should not contact the landlord without checking with your solicitor first.
  • Some Helsby leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, you should notify your estate agents 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 annual 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 lawyers.
  • If you hold a share in a the freehold, you should make sure that you hold the original share certificate. Obtaining a duplicate share certificate is often a lengthy formality and delays many a Helsby conveyancing deal. Where a reissued share is needed, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (if relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • If all goes to plan we aim to complete the disposal of our £400000 apartment in Helsby next Monday . The management company has quoted £372 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Helsby?

    Helsby conveyancing on leasehold flats often necessitates the purchaser’s conveyancer sending questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable administration fee for answering questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average fee for the paperwork that you are referring to is £350, in some situations it exceeds £800. The management information fee invoiced by the landlord must be sent together with a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration fees, without which the charge is technically not due. In reality one has little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to exchange contracts with the buyer.

    In relation to leasehold conveyancing in Helsby what are the most frequent lease problems?

    There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Helsby. All leases is drafted differently and drafting errors can result in certain provisions are not included. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain parts of the building
    • Insurance obligations
    • 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

    You may encounter a problem when selling your property if you have a defective lease as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Santander, Barnsley Building Society, and Barclays Direct all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is problematic they may refuse to provide security, obliging the purchaser to pull out.

    I purchased a 1st floor flat in Helsby, conveyancing was carried out in 2012. Can you give me give me an indication of the likely cost of a lease extension? Corresponding flats in Helsby with an extended lease are worth £225,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £65 per annum. The lease expires on 21st October 2093

    With only 73 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 as well as legals.

    The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing 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 are no doubt additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

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