Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Hounslow
I have recently realised that I have Fifty years unexpired on my flat in Hounslow. I now want to get lease extension but my freeholder is missing. What should I do?
On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. However, you will be required to prove that you have done all that could be expected to track down the lessor. In some cases a specialist would be useful to carry out a search and prepare a report which can be used as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a property lawyer in relation to investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Hounslow.
Expecting to complete next month on a ground floor flat in Hounslow. Conveyancing solicitors assured 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 Hounslow should include some of the following:
- Defining your legal entitlements in relation to common areas in the building.By way of example, does the lease contain a right of way over an accessway or staircase?
I have just started marketing my ground floor flat in Hounslow.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?
It best that you pay the service charge 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 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.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Hounslow. Conveyancing and National Westminster Bank mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Hounslow who acted for me is not around.Any advice?
First contact HMLR to be sure that this person is in fact the new freeholder. It is not necessary to instruct a Hounslow conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.
What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Hounslow conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Hounslow conveyancing practice) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you talk with several firms including non Hounslow conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- How experienced is the practice with lease extension legislation?
Following months of correspondence we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Hounslow. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a Hounslow conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Hounslow property 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.