Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Mill Hill:

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Top Five Questions relating to Mill Hill leasehold conveyancing

I wish to sublet my leasehold flat in Mill Hill. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Is permission from the freeholder required?

Your lease governs relations between the landlord and you the flat owner; in particular, it will set out if subletting is banned, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Mill Hill do not prevent strict prohibition on subletting – such a clause would undoubtedly devalue the flat. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the sublease.

Looking forward to complete next month on a leasehold property in Mill Hill. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they are sending me a report next week. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • Setting out your rights in respect of common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease contain a right of way over a path or staircase?
  • Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the property, or working from home
  • An explanation as to the provision in the lease to pay service charges - with regard to both the building, and the more general rights a leaseholder has
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in 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 Mill Hill please enquire of your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Mill Hill

  • Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my garden flat in Mill Hill.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just received a yearly maintenance charge invoice – Do I pay up?

    It best that you discharge 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 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.

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

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Mill Hill can be reduced where you get in touch lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
    • Many landlords or Management Companies in Mill Hill levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should discover the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Mill Hill.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Mill Hill state that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring calls for a licence issued by the Landlord approving such changes. Where you dont have the approvals to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without checking with your solicitor in the first instance.
  • A minority of Mill Hill leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. 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. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is able to meet 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 actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the freehold, you should ensure that you are holding the original share certificate. Obtaining a replacement share certificate is often a lengthy process and delays many a Mill Hill conveyancing transaction. If a new share certificate is required, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this as soon as possible.

  • Having spent months of dialogue we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Mill Hill. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

    You certainly can. We can put you in touch with a Mill Hill conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Mill Hill premises is Ground Floor Maisonette 17 Milton Road in January 2014. The Tribunal determined the premium payable by the Applicant to the should be £13,299 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The the number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 71.73 years.

    What makes a Mill Hill lease defective?

    Leasehold conveyancing in Mill Hill is not unique. Most leases is drafted differently and legal mistakes in the legal wording can sometimes mean that certain clauses are erroneous. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain elements of the building
    • Insurance obligations
    • A provision for the recovery of money spent for the benefit of another party.
    • Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage

    You could have a problem when selling your property if you have a defective lease primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. National Westminster Bank, Bank of Scotland, and Alliance & Leicester all have very detailed requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. Where a lender has been advised by their lawyers that the lease is defective they may refuse to provide security, obliging the buyer to pull out.

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    Lease Extensions in Mill Hill