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Top Five Questions relating to Henbury leasehold conveyancing

I only have Fifty years unexpired on my lease in Henbury. I now want to get lease extension but my freeholder is can not be found. What options are available to me?

If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be extended by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have made all reasonable attempts to locate the lessor. On the whole a specialist may be helpful to try and locate and to produce a report to be accepted by the court as evidence that the landlord can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor both on proving the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court covering Henbury.

Planning to complete next month on a garden flat in Henbury. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Henbury should include some of the following:

  • The physical extent of the premises. This will be the property itself but could also incorporate a loft or basement if applicable.
  • Does the lease require carpeting throughout thus preventing wood flooring?
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your premises and do you know what it means in practice?
  • The landlord’s obligations to repair and maintain the building. It is important that you know who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of every part of the building
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Henbury please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Henbury

  • I have just appointed agents to market my garden flat in Henbury.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just had a yearly maintenance charge demand – what should I do?

    The sensible thing to do is pay the service charge 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 until 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 am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it all the more appealing. I have since found out that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in Henbury. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    The majority of houses in Henbury are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Henbury in which case you should be shopping around for a Henbury conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your conveyancer should advise you fully on all the issues.

    Back In 2007, I bought a leasehold house in Henbury. Conveyancing and Coventry Building Society mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1994. The conveyancing practitioner in Henbury who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

    The first thing you should do is make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that this person is in fact the new freeholder. There is no need to instruct a Henbury conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    Henbury Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries before buying

      Does the lease have more than 80 years remaining? You should be aware that where the lease has fewer than 80 years it will have adverse implications on the marketability of the apartment. It is worth checking with your mortgage company that they are willing to lend given the lease term. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely require a lease extension at some point and you need to have some idea of how much 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 extend the lease. It would be sensible to discover if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. By way of example some leases prohibit pets being allowed in certain buildings in Henbury. If you love the flatin Henbury but your cat can’t move with you then you will be presented with a difficult decision.

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