Frequently asked questions relating to Northumberland Heath leasehold conveyancing
There are only 62 years unexpired on my lease in Northumberland Heath. I now wish to get lease extension but my landlord is can not be found. What options are available to me?
If 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 for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be extended by the Court. However, you will be required to prove that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to track down the lessor. For most situations a specialist would be useful to carry out a search and to produce an expert document to be used as evidence that the landlord is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor both on investigating the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Northumberland Heath.
I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a garden flat in Northumberland Heath. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they will have a report out to me on Monday. What should I be looking out for?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Northumberland Heath should include some of the following:
- You should receive a copy of the lease
Back In 2006, I bought a leasehold house in Northumberland Heath. Conveyancing and TSB mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing practitioner in Northumberland Heath 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 Northumberland Heath conveyancing firm to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Northumberland Heath conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Northumberland Heath conveyancing firm) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Northumberland Heath conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be of use:
- What volume of lease extensions has the firm carried out in Northumberland Heath in the last 12 months?
We expect to complete our sale of a £400000 garden flat in Northumberland Heath next week. The managing agents has quoted £336 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 flat conveyance in Northumberland Heath?
Northumberland Heath conveyancing on leasehold apartments usually necessitates the buyer’s conveyancer sending questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is not legally bound to respond to such questions most will be willing to do so. They are at liberty charge a reasonable charge for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average fee for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it is above £800. The administration charge invoiced by the landlord must be sent together with a synopsis of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration charges, otherwise the charge is not strictly payable. In reality you have no option but to pay whatever is demanded if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.
I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without getting anywhere. Can I make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Northumberland Heath conveyancing firm to represent me?
Absolutely. We can put you in touch with a Northumberland Heath conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Northumberland Heath premises is Various @ Colombus Square in January 2012. the Tribunal calculated the premiums to be paid for new leases for each of the flats in Mariners Walk to be £3822 and the premium to be paid for the new lease of 2 Knights Court to be £4439. This case affected 13 flats. The unexpired term was 76 years.