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Top Five Questions relating to Millwall leasehold conveyancing

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Millwall. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

Assuming the lease is registered - and almost all are in Millwall - 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.

Due to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Millwall. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they will have a report out to me within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Defining your legal entitlements in respect of the communal areas in the building.For instance, does the lease include a right of way over a path or hallways?
  • Are pets allowed in the flat?
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this will change in the future
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a sinking fund?
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Millwall please enquire of your conveyancer in ahead of your conveyancing in Millwall

  • I've found a house that appears to be perfect, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Millwall. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Millwall ?

    Most houses in Millwall are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Millwall so you should seriously consider looking for a Millwall conveyancing practitioner and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the landlord’sconsent to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your conveyancer should advise you fully on all the issues.

    What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Millwall conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Millwall conveyancing firm) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you talk with several firms including non Millwall conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • Can they put you in touch with client in Millwall who can give a testimonial?
  • What are the charges for lease extension conveyancing?

  • Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Millwall from the perspective of expediting the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Millwall can be bypassed if you get in touch lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold information needed by the buyers lawyers.
    • The majority landlords or managing agents in Millwall charge for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for 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 common cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Millwall.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Millwall leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or laying down wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord approving such alterations. If you fail to have the approvals to hand do not contact the landlord without checking with your lawyer in the first instance.
  • A minority of Millwall leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying 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 service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share certificate. Obtaining a new share certificate can be a time consuming process and delays many a Millwall conveyancing deal. If a reissued share is needed, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.

  • I am the proprietor of a a ground floor purpose built flat in Millwall. In the absence of agreement between myself and the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the sum payable for the purchase of the freehold?

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

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Millwall premises is 12, 14 & 16 Hull Close in May 2010. the Tribunal determined that the premium payable for the acquisition of the freehold to the subject premises was the sum of £18,300 This case affected 3 flats. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 101.61 years.

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    Lease Extensions in Millwall