Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town:

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Common questions relating to De Beauvoir Town leasehold conveyancing

Due to exchange soon on a basement flat in De Beauvoir Town. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they will have a report out to me within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town should include some of the following:

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • An explanation as to the provision in the lease to pay service charges - with regard to both the building, and the more general rights a leaseholder has
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your premises and do you know what it means in practice?
  • The landlord’s obligations to repair and maintain the building. It is important that you know who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of every part of the building
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in De Beauvoir Town please enquire of your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town

  • Last month I purchased a leasehold house in De Beauvoir Town. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?

    Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner 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 be sure 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).

    What advice can you give us when it comes to finding a De Beauvoir Town conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a De Beauvoir Town conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We recommend that you talk with several firms including non De Beauvoir Town conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • What volume of lease extensions have they carried out in De Beauvoir Town in the last twenty four months?
  • What are the legal fees for lease extension work?

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

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town can be avoided where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ lawyers.
    • The majority landlords or Management Companies in De Beauvoir Town levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should discover the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack sought on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town.
  • Some De Beauvoir Town leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this is the case, it would be prudent to notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers put in hand bank and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying 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 service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If you have had any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled before the property is marketed. The buyers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where there is a current dispute. You may need to swallow your pride 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 ahead of 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 reveal the dispute as over rather than unsettled.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share certificate. Obtaining a new share certificate is often a lengthy process and delays many a De Beauvoir Town home move. If a new share is necessary, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • After years of negotiations we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in De Beauvoir Town. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

    Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a De Beauvoir Town conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a De Beauvoir Town flat is 5C Stoke Newington Road in April 2010. the Tribunal therefore concludes that the premium to be paid for the extended lease is £700.00 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The remaining number of years on the lease was 80.5 years.

    When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town what are the most common lease defects?

    Leasehold conveyancing in De Beauvoir Town is not unique. 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 building
    • 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

    A defective lease can cause issues when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Lloyds TSB Bank, Virgin Money, and Platform Home Loans Ltd all have express conveyancing instructions when it comes to what is expected in a lease. Where a lender has been advised by their lawyers that the lease is defective they may refuse to provide security, forcing the purchaser to withdraw.

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