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I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Old Coulsdon. Before diving in I would like to find out the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Old Coulsdon - 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.

Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a garden flat in Old Coulsdon. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • The total extent of the premises. This will be the apartment itself but could also incorporate a loft or cellar if appropriate.
  • Does the lease require carpeting throughout thus preventing wood flooring?
  • Are you allowed to have a pet in the flat?
  • Does the lease prevent you from renting out the property, or working from home
  • You need to be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease For details of the information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Old Coulsdon please ask your conveyancer in advance of your conveyancing in Old Coulsdon

  • I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a couple of apartments in Old Coulsdon both have about 50 years remaining on the lease term. Will this present a problem?

    A lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As the lease shortens the value of the lease deteriorate and results in it becoming more costly to extend the lease. For this reason it is advisable to increase the term of the lease. More often than not it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease as mortgage lenders less inclined to grant a loan on properties of this type. Lease extension can be a difficult process. We recommend you seek professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area

    Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Old Coulsdon with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Old Coulsdon can be avoided where you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers representatives.
    • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Old Coulsdon leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or addition of wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord approving such works. Where you fail to have the paperwork to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your conveyancer first.
  • A minority of Old Coulsdon leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this applies to your lease, 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 annual 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 lawyers.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you hold the original share document. Obtaining a replacement share certificate is often a time consuming process and frustrates many a Old Coulsdon home move. If a new share certificate is necessary, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (if relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but you should verify this via your lawyers. A purchaser's conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to to exchange contracts if the remaining number of years is under 75 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without success. Can a leaseholder apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Old Coulsdon conveyancing firm to help?

    if there is a absentee freeholder or if there is dispute about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to arrive at the price payable.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Old Coulsdon flat is 223 Brighton Road in September 2013. The premium payable for the acquisition freehold of the properties should be £10,934 (Ten thousand,nine hundred and thirty four pounds) This case was in relation to 3 flats. The unexpired lease term was 75 years.

    What makes a Old Coulsdon lease unmortgageable?

    Leasehold conveyancing in Old Coulsdon is not unique. All leases are unique and legal mistakes in the legal wording can result in certain sections are not included. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    • Repairing obligations to or maintain elements of the property
    • A duty to insure the building
    • A provision for the recovery of money spent for the benefit of another party.
    • Service charge per centages that don't add up correctly leaving a shortfall

    A defective lease will likely cause problems when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Nationwide Building Society, Chelsea Building Society, and Britannia all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease does not cover certain provisions they may refuse to grant the mortgage, forcing the purchaser to withdraw.