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Common questions relating to Kingston Vale leasehold conveyancing

Planning to complete next month on a leasehold property in Kingston Vale. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they are sending me a report next week. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • You should receive a copy of the lease
  • Defining your rights in respect of common areas in the block.For example, does the lease contain a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • Does the lease prevent you from subletting the flat, or working from home
  • You must be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • 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 For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Kingston Vale please enquire of your solicitor in advance of your conveyancing in Kingston Vale

  • I have just appointed agents to market my basement flat in Kingston Vale.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a half-yearly maintenance charge invoice – Do I pay up?

    The sensible thing to do is clear 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 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.

    I own a leasehold flat in Kingston Vale. Conveyancing and Lloyds TSB Bank mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing practitioner in Kingston Vale who acted for me is not around.Do I pay?

    First contact the Land Registry to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is indeed the new freeholder. You do not need to incur the fees of a Kingston Vale conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that in any event, even if this is the legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Kingston Vale from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Kingston Vale can be bypassed where you get in touch lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ solicitors.
    • Many landlords or managing agents in Kingston Vale levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should find out the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Kingston Vale.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Most leases in Kingston Vale state that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such alterations. Where you fail to have the paperwork in place do not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer in the first instance.
  • If you have had any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled prior to the flat being marketed. The buyers and their solicitors will be concerned about purchasing a property where a dispute is ongoing. You will have to accept that you will have to pay any arrears of service charge or settle the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal particulars of the dispute to the buyers, but it is clearly preferable to reveal the dispute as historic as opposed to unresolved.
  • If you hold a share in a the freehold, you should ensure that you are holding the original share certificate. Arranging a re-issued share certificate is often a time consuming formality and slows down many a Kingston Vale home move. Where a duplicate share is needed, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (if applicable) for this at the earliest opportunity.

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the sale of our £300000 garden flat in Kingston Vale on Monday in a week. The managing agents has quoted £300 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge exorbitant fees for a leasehold conveyance in Kingston Vale?

    Kingston Vale conveyancing on leasehold flats ordinarily necessitates administration charges levied by freeholders :

    • Completing pre-contract enquiries
    • Where consent is required before sale in Kingston Vale
    • Supplying insurance information
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Kingston Vale leasehold property is £350. For Kingston Vale 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 the information.

    Having spent months of dialogue we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Kingston Vale. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

    Most definitely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Kingston Vale conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Kingston Vale property is 19 St. Margarets Crescent in August 2010. the tribunal was of the view that the premium to be paid by the leaseholder for the freehold reversion was £51,983.00 This case affected 3 flats. The unexpired term was 66.25 years.

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