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Frequently asked questions relating to Kirkby Stephen leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Kirkby Stephen - 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 complete next month on a basement flat in Kirkby Stephen. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • The physical extent of the property. This will be the apartment itself but may include a roof space or basement if applicable.
  • 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
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour breach a clause of their lease?
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Kirkby Stephen please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen

  • I've found a house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have since found out that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Kirkby Stephen. Conveyancing advisers have not yet been appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Kirkby Stephen ?

    The majority of houses in Kirkby Stephen are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Kirkby Stephen so you should seriously consider looking for a Kirkby Stephen conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the landlord’sconsent to carry out changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the estate where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor should report to you on the legal implications.

    I own a leasehold house in Kirkby Stephen. Conveyancing and Bank of Ireland mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1992. The conveyancing practitioner in Kirkby Stephen who previously acted has long since retired.Do I pay?

    The first thing you should do is make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. It is not necessary to incur the fees of a Kirkby Stephen conveyancing solicitor to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. You should note that in any event, even if this is the legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    Completion in due on the sale of our £225000 garden flat in Kirkby Stephen next Friday . The landlords agents has quoted £348 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Kirkby Stephen?

    For the majority of leasehold sales in Kirkby Stephen conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Answering pre-contract questions
    • Where consent is required before sale in Kirkby Stephen
    • Supplying insurance information
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Kirkby Stephen leasehold premises is £350. For Kirkby Stephen 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 obliged to supply the information.

    I purchased a 1st floor flat in Kirkby Stephen, conveyancing was carried out 2004. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Similar flats in Kirkby Stephen with over 90 years remaining are worth £179,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 charged once a year. The lease finishes on 21st October 2100

    With only 78 years left to run we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £11,400 and £13,200 plus costs.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide a more accurate figure in the absence of comprehensive investigations. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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