Quality lawyers for Leasehold Conveyancing in Hounslow

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

Common questions relating to Hounslow leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Hounslow. Before I set the wheels in motion I require certainty as to the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and almost all are in Hounslow - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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.

Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a leasehold property in Hounslow. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they are sending me a report within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • Defining your legal entitlements in relation to common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease contain a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or working from home
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • 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
  • 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
  • What you can do if a neighbour breach a clause of their lease?
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Hounslow please ask your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Hounslow

  • I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a two maisonettes in Hounslow both have about forty five years remaining on the leases. should I be concerned?

    There are plenty of short leases in Hounslow. The lease is a right to use the premises for a period of time. As the lease gets shorter the saleability of the lease decreases and it becomes more expensive to acquire a lease extension. This is why it is generally wise to extend the lease term. Sometimes it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage companies may be unwilling to lend money on such properties. Lease extension can be a difficult process. We advise that you get professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this field

    Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Hounslow conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Hounslow conveyancing practice) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you speak with several firms including non Hounslow conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be useful:

    • What volume of lease extensions have they completed in Hounslow in the last 12 months?
  • What are the charges for lease extension work?

  • Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Hounslow from the perspective of expediting the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Hounslow can be reduced where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation needed by the buyers representatives.
    • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Hounslow leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring calls for a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such alterations. If you dont have the paperwork to hand you should not contact the landlord without contacting your solicitor first.
  • Some Hounslow leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain financial (bank) and professional references. The bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is financially capable of paying the yearly 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 are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should ensure that you hold the original share certificate. Arranging a duplicate share certificate can be a time consuming process and delays many a Hounslow conveyancing transaction. If a new share is necessary, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where applicable) for this at the earliest opportunity.
  • You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but it would be wise to double-check by asking your lawyers. A buyer’s lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the remaining number of years is less than 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an as soon as possible that you identify whether the lease requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • I inherited a first floor flat in Hounslow. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount due for a lease extension?

    Absolutely. We can put you in touch with a Hounslow conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Hounslow premises is Ground Floor Flat 91 Bath Road in May 2009. in a case where the freeholder could not be traced, the Brentford County Court ordered that the Lease be surrendered in return for the grant of a new lease of the Premises at a premium determined by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. The tribunal concluded that the price payable by the Applicant for the new lease of the premises be £15,900 This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 60.45 years.

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