Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Henlow:

Any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically handle your leasehold conveyancing in Henlow, your mortgage provider may not be willing to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Recently asked questions relating to Henlow leasehold conveyancing

I would like to sublet my leasehold apartment in Henlow. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?

Some leases for properties in Henlow do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience dictates 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 consent.

Expecting to complete next month on a leasehold property in Henlow. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they report fully within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Henlow should include some of the following:

  • You should receive a copy of the lease
  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, freeholder
  • Does the lease require carpeting throughout thus preventing wood flooring?
  • Are pets allowed in the flat?
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • An explanation as to the provision in the lease to pay service charges - with regard to both the building, and the more general rights a leaseholder has
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a sinking fund? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Henlow please enquire of your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Henlow

  • I have just started marketing my garden apartment in Henlow.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a yearly service charge invoice – what should I do?

    Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should clear 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 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 reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have just discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Henlow. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    Most houses in Henlow are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Henlow so you should seriously consider looking for a Henlow conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the freeholder’spermission to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the estate where the property is part of an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

    I am employed by a busy estate agent office in Henlow where we see a few flat sales put at risk as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given inconsistent advice from local Henlow conveyancing solicitors. Could you shed some light as to whether the seller of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

    As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the proposed purchaser need not have to sit tight for 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or at the same time as completion of the sale.

    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.

    Henlow Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing

      This question is useful as a) areas could cause problems in the building as the common areas may start to deteriorate if maintenance remain unpaid b) if the leasehold owners have an issue with the running of the building you will need to have all the details How long is the Lease? Most Henlow leasehold flats will have a service bill for the upkeep of the building invoiced by the management company. If you purchase the apartment you will have to meet this charge, usually periodically throughout the year. This can vary from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. There will also be a ground rent for you to pay yearly, ordinarily this is not a large sum, say around £25-£75 but you should to enquire it because occasionally it could be prohibitively expensive.

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    Lease Extensions in Henlow