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Top Five Questions relating to Hurworth leasehold conveyancing

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Hurworth. Before diving in I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Hurworth - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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 am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to be perfect, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Hurworth. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be instructed. Will they explain the issues?

The majority of houses in Hurworth are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Hurworth in which case you should be shopping around for a Hurworth conveyancing solicitor and check 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 tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’spermission to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer will appraise you on the various issues.

I am looking at a two maisonettes in Hurworth both have about forty five years remaining on the leases. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?

A lease is a right to use the property for a prescribed time frame. As a lease shortens the value of the lease decreases and it becomes more costly to acquire a lease extension. For this reason it is advisable to extend the lease term. It is often difficult to sell a property with a short lease because mortgage lenders less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease enfranchisement can be a protracted process. We advise that you get professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this field

What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Hurworth conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

When appointing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Hurworth conveyancing firm) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you talk with two or three firms including non Hurworth conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be helpful:

  • How familiar is the firm with lease extension legislation?
  • If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?

  • Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Hurworth with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Hurworth can be bypassed if you get in touch lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers representatives.
    • Many landlords or Management Companies in Hurworth charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Hurworth.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the residence would they have required Landlord’s consent? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Most leases in Hurworth state that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord approving such works. Should you dont have the paperwork in place do not communicate with the landlord without checking with your solicitor in the first instance.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should ensure that you hold the original share document. Obtaining a duplicate share certificate can be a time consuming formality and delays many a Hurworth conveyancing deal. If a new share certificate is needed, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but you should double-check via your conveyancers. A purchaser's lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to to exchange contracts if the lease term is below 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your property on the market for sale.

  • I own a 2 bed flat in Hurworth, conveyancing was carried out 2003. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Comparable properties in Hurworth with over 90 years remaining are worth £195,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 charged once a year. The lease ends on 21st October 2096

    With 76 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 plus costs.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be additional issues that need to be considered and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward based on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

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