Experts for Leasehold Conveyancing in Longlands

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Top Five Questions relating to Longlands leasehold conveyancing

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Longlands. Before I set the wheels in motion I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Longlands - 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.

I’m about to sell my 2 bed apartment in Longlands.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge 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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Longlands conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

When appointing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Longlands conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you speak with two or three firms including non Longlands conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be helpful:

  • If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason?
  • What volume of lease extensions have they conducted in Longlands in the last twenty four months?

  • Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Longlands with the intention of speeding up the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Longlands can be bypassed if you appoint lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ solicitors.
    • The majority landlords or Management Companies in Longlands charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management pack sought on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Longlands.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Longlands leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring require a licence issued by the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Where you dont have the paperwork to hand you should not contact the landlord without checking with your lawyer in advance.
  • If you have had conflict with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled prior to the flat being marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where a dispute is unsettled. 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 will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the buyers, but it is clearly preferable to present the dispute as historic as opposed to unsettled.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share certificate. Organising a replacement share certificate can be a lengthy formality and frustrates many a Longlands conveyancing deal. Where a reissued share is required, do contact the company officers or managing agents (if relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.

  • If all goes to plan we aim to complete our sale of a £475000 apartment in Longlands in just under a week. The managing agents has quoted £324 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Longlands?

    Longlands conveyancing on leasehold flats often requires the purchaser’s conveyancer sending enquiries for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is not legally bound to respond to these enquiries the majority will be content to do so. They are at liberty levy a reasonable administration fee for answering questions or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it is in excess of £800. The management information fee invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the invoice is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that one has little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to sell the property.

    I am the leaseholder of a two-bedroom flat in Longlands. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount due for a lease extension?

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

    An example of a Lease Extension case for a Longlands property is 103a Footscray Road in January 2014. The tribunal determines that the premium payable for the extended lease should be £34,500 according to the expert witness valuation calculation This case affected 1 flat.