Guaranteed fixed fees for Leasehold Conveyancing in Crossness

Any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically deal with your leasehold conveyancing in Crossness, your mortgage provider may not be willing to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Crossness leasehold conveyancing Example Support Desk Enquiries

I want to sublet my leasehold flat in Crossness. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Is permission from the freeholder required?

A small minority of properties in Crossness do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably refuse 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’m about to sell my ground floor flat in Crossness.Conveyancing is yet to be initiated but I have just had a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?

The sensible thing to do is discharge the invoice 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 managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless 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.

Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Crossness from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?

  • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Crossness can be avoided where you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start advertising the property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the buyers lawyers.
  • Many freeholders or Management Companies in Crossness levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the fee that they propose to charge. The management information can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Crossness.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Crossness leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord consenting to such changes. Should you dont have the paperwork in place you should not communicate with the landlord without checking with your solicitor before hand.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the freehold, you should make sure that you have the original share certificate. Organising a replacement share certificate is often a time consuming formality and frustrates many a Crossness conveyancing deal. Where a new share certificate is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You may think that you are aware of the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to verify this by asking your conveyancers. A buyer’s conveyancer will not be happy to advise their client to where the lease term is under 80 years. It is therefore essential at an as soon as possible that you identify whether the lease term requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your property on the market for sale.

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the disposal of our £200000 maisonette in Crossness in six days. The landlords agents has quoted £336 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Crossness?

    Crossness conveyancing on leasehold flats more often than not necessitates the purchaser’s lawyer submitting questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to address such questions the majority will be content to do so. They are entitled charge a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the paperwork that you are referring to is £350, in some transactions it exceeds £800. The management information fee invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of entitlements and obligations in respect of administration charges, otherwise the invoice is technically not due. In reality one has no option but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to exchange contracts with the buyer.

    We have reached the end of our tether in trying to purchase the freehold in Crossness. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?

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

    An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Crossness property is Various @ Colombus Square in January 2012. the Tribunal calculated the premiums to be paid for new leases for each of the flats in Mariners Walk to be £3822 and the premium to be paid for the new lease of 2 Knights Court to be £4439. This case related to 13 flats. The unexpired term was 76 years.

    Are there common problems that you witness in leases for Crossness properties?

    There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Crossness. Most leases are individual and drafting errors can sometimes mean that certain clauses are missing. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain parts of the premises
    • A duty to insure the building
    • Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
    • Service charge per centages that don't add up correctly leaving a shortfall

    You will have a problem when selling your property if you have a defective lease as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. HSBC Bank, Virgin Money, and Aldermore all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is defective they may refuse to grant the mortgage, forcing the buyer to pull out.