Guaranteed fixed fees for Leasehold Conveyancing in Brimsdown

While any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically deal with your leasehold conveyancing in Brimsdown, your mortgage provider may unwilling to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Common questions relating to Brimsdown leasehold conveyancing

I am hoping to exchange soon on a garden flat in Brimsdown. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they are sending me a report on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Brimsdown should include some of the following:

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • Defining your rights in respect of common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease contain a right of way over a path or hallways?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or having a home office for business
  • You must be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Brimsdown please ask your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Brimsdown

  • I am looking at a two maisonettes in Brimsdown both have in the region of 50 years left on the leases. Do I need to be concerned?

    There are plenty of short leases in Brimsdown. The lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease gets shorter the value of the lease decreases and it becomes more expensive to extend the lease. This is why it is often a good idea to increase the term of the lease. It is often difficult to sell a property with a short lease as mortgage companies may be unwilling to lend money on properties of this type. Lease enfranchisement can be a protracted process. We recommend you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this arena

    Last month I purchased a leasehold property in Brimsdown. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?

    In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

    If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

    Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Brimsdown from the point of view of saving time on the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Brimsdown can be reduced where you appoint lawyers the minute your agents start advertising the property and ask them to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
    • Many freeholders or Management Companies in Brimsdown levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Brimsdown.
  • Some Brimsdown leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, it would be prudent to notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is able to meet the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers.
  • If you have had any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is very important that these are settled before the property is marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where there is a current dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose particulars of the dispute to the buyers, but it is clearly preferable to present the dispute as over rather than unresolved.
  • If you hold a share in a the freehold, you should ensure that you hold the original share document. Arranging a replacement share certificate can be a lengthy process and delays many a Brimsdown home move. If a duplicate share is necessary, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where applicable) for this as soon as possible.

  • All being well we will complete the sale of our £150000 apartment in Brimsdown next week. The freeholder has quoted £396 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Brimsdown?

    Brimsdown conveyancing on leasehold flats often involves the buyer’s solicitor sending enquiries for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is not legally bound to respond to such questions most will be willing to assist. They may invoice a reasonable administration fee for responding to enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average fee for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it exceeds £800. The administration charge levied by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the charge is technically not due. In reality one has no choice but to pay whatever is demanded should you wish to complete the sale of your home.

    I am the registered owner of a a ground floor purpose built flat in Brimsdown. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the premium payable for a lease extension?

    Most definitely. We can put you in touch with a Brimsdown conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Vesting Order and Purchase of freehold decision for a Brimsdown residence is Ground Floor Flat 4A Baronet Road in February 2010. Following a vesting order by Edmonton County Court on 23rd December 2008 (case number 8ED064) the Tribunal decided that the price that the Applicant for the freehold interest should pay is £8,689.00 This case related to 2 flats. The the number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 80.01 years.