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There are only 68 years unexpired on my lease in Hoole. I am keen to get lease extension but my landlord is absent. What are my options?

If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be extended by the magistrate. You will be obliged to prove that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to find the freeholder. In some cases an enquiry agent would be useful to try and locate and prepare an expert document to be used as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer in relation to investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court covering Hoole.

Expecting to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Hoole. Conveyancing solicitors assured me that they are sending me a report on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • The physical extent of the demise. This will be the apartment itself but might include a loft or basement if appropriate.
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this will change in the future
  • 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?
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required
  • The landlord’s rights to access the flat you be made aware that your landlord has rights of access and I know how much notice s/he must provide. For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Hoole please enquire of your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Hoole

  • I today plan to offer on a house that seems to be perfect, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently discovered that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Hoole. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Hoole ?

    The majority of houses in Hoole are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in Hoole so you should seriously consider looking for a Hoole conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the landlord’spermission to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor should advise you fully on all the issues.

    I've recently bought a leasehold house in Hoole. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?

    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).

    Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Hoole with the aim of speeding up the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Hoole can be avoided if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
    • The majority landlords or managing agents in Hoole charge for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Hoole.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Hoole leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord approving such changes. Where you fail to have the approvals in place do not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer in advance.
  • A minority of Hoole leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this applies to your lease, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. The bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying 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 have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should ensure that you hold the original share certificate. Arranging a replacement share certificate can be a lengthy formality and slows down many a Hoole conveyancing deal. If a reissued share is needed, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • I bought a 1 bedroom flat in Hoole, conveyancing was carried out 2012. How much will my lease extension cost? Similar properties in Hoole with over 90 years remaining are worth £170,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £65 invoiced every year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2092

    You have 72 years unexpired we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £10,500 and £12,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to supply 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 other issues that need to be considered and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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