Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Gunnersbury:

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Top Five Questions relating to Gunnersbury leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Gunnersbury. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Gunnersbury - 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.

Harry (my fiance) and I may need to rent out our Gunnersbury ground floor flat for a while due to a new job. We used a Gunnersbury conveyancing firm in 2002 but they have closed and we did not have the foresight to get any guidance as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?

Notwithstanding that your last Gunnersbury conveyancing lawyer is not available you can review your lease to see if it allows you to sublet the property. The accepted inference is that if the deeds are silent, subletting is permitted. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you need to seek permission via your landlord or other appropriate person in advance of subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior consent. The consent is not allowed to be unreasonably turned down. If your lease prohibits you from subletting the property you should ask your landlord if they are willing to waive this restriction.

Due to complete next month on a ground floor flat in Gunnersbury. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they will have a report out to me next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • The total extent of the demise. This will be the flat itself but may incorporate a loft or cellar if applicable.
  • Defining your legal entitlements in relation to the communal areas in the building.For instance, does the lease permit a right of way over an accessway or staircase?
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • Does the lease prevent you from renting out the property, or working from home
  • You must be told what constitutes a Nuisance in the lease
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions) For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Gunnersbury please ask your lawyer in ahead of your conveyancing in Gunnersbury

  • I have just appointed agents to market my 2 bed apartment in Gunnersbury.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just had a quarterly service charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

    It best that you pay 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 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.

    If all goes to plan we aim to complete our sale of a £350000 maisonette in Gunnersbury on Friday in a week. The management company has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a flat conveyance in Gunnersbury?

    For most leasehold sales in Gunnersbury conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Addressing pre-contract questions
    • Where consent is required before sale in Gunnersbury
    • Copies of the building insurance and schedule
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Gunnersbury leasehold premises is £350. For Gunnersbury conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are required to provide answers.

    I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord to extend my lease without success. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal decide on such matters? Can you recommend a Gunnersbury conveyancing firm to represent me?

    if there is a absentee freeholder or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to assess the amount due.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Gunnersbury property is 169 Southfield Road in September 2013. the tribunal decided that the premium to be paid in respect of the collective enfranchisement should be £51,203 This case affected 2 flats. The remaining number of years on the lease was 64.64 years.

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    Lease Extensions in Gunnersbury