Frequently asked questions relating to Brentford leasehold conveyancing
I have recently realised that I have 62 years remaining on my lease in Brentford. I need to extend my lease but my freeholder is missing. What options are available to me?
On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be granted an extra 90 years by the magistrate. However, you will be required to prove that you or your lawyers have made all reasonable attempts to track down the freeholder. For most situations a specialist should be helpful to conduct investigations and prepare a report which can be accepted by the court as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer both on proving the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court overseeing Brentford.
Expecting to exchange soon on a studio apartment in Brentford. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully tomorrow. What should I be looking out for?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Brentford should include some of the following:
- You should be sent a copy of the lease
I have just started marketing my basement apartment in Brentford.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just received a quarterly service charge invoice – Do I pay up?
It best that you clear the service charge as normal because all ground rent and service charges will be apportioned on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.
What advice can you give us when it comes to choosing a Brentford conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?
When appointing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Brentford conveyancing practice) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you make enquires with several firms including non Brentford conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation?
Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Brentford from the point of view of speeding up the sale process?
- Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Brentford can be avoided where you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the buyers conveyancers.
- Many landlords or managing agents in Brentford levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should discover the fee that they propose to charge. The management information sought as soon as you have a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Brentford.
I own a ground floor flat in Brentford. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount due for the purchase of the freehold?
Most definitely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Brentford conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Brentford property is 105 & 105A Seaford Road in July 2013. The tribunal determined that the price payable for the freehold interest in the Property was £43,985 . This sum was to be paid into Brentford County Court to enable the matter to proceed This case was in relation to 2 flats.