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Frequently asked questions relating to Malden Rushett leasehold conveyancing

I only have 62 years left on my flat in Malden Rushett. I now want to get lease extension but my landlord is absent. 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. You will be obliged to prove that you or your lawyers have made all reasonable attempts to track down the landlord. For most situations an enquiry agent should be helpful to conduct investigations and prepare a report to be used as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer in relation to investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Malden Rushett.

I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Malden Rushett. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Malden Rushett should include some of the following:

  • How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease ends, and aware of the importance of not letting the lease term falling below eighty years
  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • The total extent of the property. This will be the flat itself but could also incorporate a roof space or cellar if applicable.
  • Setting out your legal entitlements in relation to the communal areas in the block.E.G., does the lease permit a right of way over a path or staircase?
  • Whether the lease restricts you from letting out the property, or having a home office for business
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a reserve fund? For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Malden Rushett please ask your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Malden Rushett

  • I have just started marketing my basement flat in Malden Rushett.Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed but I have just had a quarterly service charge demand – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

    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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

    Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Malden Rushett with the intention of saving time on the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Malden Rushett can be avoided where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ solicitors.
    • The majority landlords or Management Companies in Malden Rushett charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Malden Rushett.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Malden Rushett leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such changes. If you dont have the approvals to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your lawyer in advance.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled before the property is marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be nervous about purchasing a property where a dispute is ongoing. You may need to swallow your pride and pay 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 prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as over rather than ongoing.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should make sure that you hold the original share document. Obtaining a new share certificate is often a lengthy formality and delays many a Malden Rushett conveyancing deal. If a new share certificate is required, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • All being well we will complete the disposal of our £200000 apartment in Malden Rushett in just under a week. The managing agents has quoted £300 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge exorbitant fees for a leasehold conveyance in Malden Rushett?

    Malden Rushett conveyancing on leasehold flats usually involves the purchaser’s solicitor submitting enquiries for the landlord to address. 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 responding to enquiries 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 exceeds £800. The administration charge invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, otherwise the charge is not strictly payable. In reality one has little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to complete the sale of your home.

    Following years of dialogue we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Malden Rushett. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

    Absolutely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Malden Rushett conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Malden Rushett residence is Flat D 15 Claremont Gardens in September 2013. TheTribunal determined in accordance with section48 and Schedule13 of the Leasehold Reform,Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 that the premium for the extended lease should be fourteen thousand one hundred and eighty seven pounds (£14,187.00) This case related to 1 flat.

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