Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Pratt's Bottom
Having checked my lease I have discovered that there are only 72 years remaining on my flat in Pratt's Bottom. I am keen to get lease extension but my landlord is absent. What options are available to me?
If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the magistrate. You will be obliged to prove that you have used your best endeavours to find the landlord. On the whole a specialist should be useful to try and locate and prepare a report which can be used as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer in relation to devolving into the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Pratt's Bottom.
Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my basement flat in Pratt's Bottom.Conveyancing is yet to be initiated but I have just received a yearly service charge invoice – Do I pay up?
Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should clear the invoice 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.
I today plan to offer on a house that appears to be perfect, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently been informed that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Pratt's Bottom. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
Most houses in Pratt's Bottom are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Pratt's Bottom so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Pratt's Bottom conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your lawyer should advise you fully on all the issues.
What are your top tips when it comes to finding a Pratt's Bottom conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?
When appointing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Pratt's Bottom conveyancing firm) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We advise that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Pratt's Bottom conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be of use:
- If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?
Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Pratt's Bottom from the point of view of expediting the sale process?
- Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Pratt's Bottom can be bypassed where you get in touch lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ representatives.
- The majority freeholders or Management Companies in Pratt's Bottom charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Pratt's Bottom.
I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord to extend my lease without success. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such matters? Can you recommend a Pratt's Bottom conveyancing firm to act on my behalf?
Most definitely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Pratt's Bottom conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Pratt's Bottom flat is 1 Southlands Court Southlands Road in September 2013. The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal determined that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 was £30,541 This case related to 1 flat. The remaining number of years on the lease was 50.57 years.