Recently asked questions relating to Bexley leasehold conveyancing
My fiance and I may need to let out our Bexley 1st floor flat for a while due to a new job. We instructed a Bexley conveyancing firm in 2004 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any guidance as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
A small minority of properties in Bexley do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience suggests 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.
I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Bexley. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Bexley are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Bexley in which case you should be shopping around for a Bexley 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 unexpired lease term. 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 requiring the landlord’spermission to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will advise you fully on all the issues.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Bexley. Conveyancing and TSB mortgage are in place. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Bexley who previously acted has now retired.Do I pay?
First make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. You do not need to incur the fees of a Bexley conveyancing lawyer to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for a few pound. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Bexley with the intention of speeding up the sale process?
- A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Bexley can be reduced if you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the buyers representatives.
- In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you installed wooden flooring? Most leases in Bexley state that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord consenting to such changes. If you dont have the approvals to hand do not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer in the first instance.
Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £500000 garden flat in Bexley next week. The management company has quoted £312 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Bexley?
Bexley conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally results in administration charges levied by managing agents :
- Answering pre-contract questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Bexley
- Supplying insurance information
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
I am the proprietor of a second floor flat in Bexley. In the absence of agreement between myself and the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the premium payable for the purchase of the freehold?
Where there is a absentee landlord or where there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to assess the price payable.
An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Bexley residence is 103a Footscray Road in January 2014. The tribunal determines that the premium payable for the extended lease should be £34,500 according to the expert witness valuation calculation This case was in relation to 1 flat.