Sample questions relating to Biggin Hill leasehold conveyancing
I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Biggin Hill. Before diving in I want to be sure as to the remaining lease term.
If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Biggin Hill - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details 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.
My partner and I may need to let out our Biggin Hill basement flat temporarily due to a new job. We used a Biggin Hill conveyancing practice in 2004 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?
A small minority of properties in Biggin Hill do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates 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.
Looking forward to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Biggin Hill. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they are sending me a report tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Biggin Hill should include some of the following:
- Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the property, or having a home office for business
I today plan to offer on a house that seems to be perfect, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Biggin Hill. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Biggin Hill ?
The majority of houses in Biggin Hill are freehold and not 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 purchasing in Biggin Hill in which case you should be shopping around for a Biggin Hill conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority 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 comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your conveyancer should appraise you on the various issues.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Biggin Hill. Conveyancing and Clydesdale 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 1992. The conveyancing practitioner in Biggin Hill who acted for me is not around.Do I pay?
The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to instruct a Biggin Hill 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 legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Despite our best efforts, we have been unsuccessful in trying to reach an agreement for a lease extension in Biggin Hill. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?
Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a Biggin Hill conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Biggin Hill premises is 1 Southlands Court Southlands Road in September 2013. The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal determined that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 was £30,541 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 50.57 years.