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

Even though your last Heywood conveyancing solicitor is no longer around you can review your lease to check if it allows you to sublet the apartment. The rule is that if the lease is silent, subletting is permitted. There may be a precondition that you must obtain consent via your landlord or other appropriate person in advance of subletting. This means you not allowed to sublet in the absence of prior consent. Such consent must not not be unreasonably turned down. If the lease prohibits you from subletting the property you should ask your landlord for their consent.

Due to complete next month on a studio apartment in Heywood. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they report fully within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Heywood 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, landlord
  • The physical extent of the demise. This will be the property itself but may include a roof space or cellar if appropriate.
  • 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 reserve fund?
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Heywood please enquire of your lawyer in ahead of your conveyancing in Heywood

  • I've recently bought a leasehold house in Heywood. Do I have any liability for service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?

    Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element 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).

    I work for a long established estate agent office in Heywood where we have experienced a few flat sales jeopardised due to short leases. I have received contradictory information from local Heywood conveyancing firms. Can you clarify whether the vendor of a flat can instigate the lease extension process 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 buyer need not have to wait 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.

    Alternatively, it may be possible 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.

    If all goes to plan we aim to complete the disposal of our £425000 apartment in Heywood next week. The freeholder has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Heywood?

    Heywood conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes usually necessitates fees being raised by freeholders :

    • Addressing pre-exchange enquiries
    • Where consent is required before sale in Heywood
    • Copies of the building insurance and schedule
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Heywood leasehold property is £350. For Heywood conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are required to supply the information.

    Heywood Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

      The best form of lease structure is if the freehold reversion is owned by the leaseholders. In this scenario the lessees enjoy control and notwithstanding that a managing agent is often employed where the building is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants. Who are the managing agents? The answer will be important as a) areas may result in problems for the building as the common areas may start to deteriorate if repairs are not paid for b) if the leasehold owners have an issue with the managing agents you will want to have full disclosure

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