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Sample questions relating to Purley leasehold conveyancing

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Purley. Before I set the wheels in motion I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and 99.9% are in Purley - 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.

I wish to rent out my leasehold apartment in Purley. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Is permission from the freeholder required?

Even though your last Purley conveyancing solicitor is no longer available you can review your lease to check if you are permitted to let out the premises. The rule is that if the lease is silent, subletting is allowed. There may be a precondition that you must seek consent from your landlord or some other party in advance of subletting. This means that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior permission. The consent should not be unreasonably withheld. If your lease does not allow you to sublet you should ask your landlord for their consent.

Looking forward to exchange soon on a studio apartment in Purley. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they will have a report out to me tomorrow. What should I be looking out for?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Purley should include some of the following:

  • The unexpired lease term You should be advised as what happens when the lease expires, and informed of the importance of not letting the lease term falling below eighty years
  • The physical extent of the premises. This will be the flat itself but may include a roof space or basement if appropriate.
  • Setting out your legal entitlements in respect of common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease contain a right of way over an accessway or hallways?
  • You should be told what constitutes a Nuisance in the lease
  • 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
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • The landlord’s obligations to repair and maintain the building. It is important that you know who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of every part of the building For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Purley please ask your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Purley

  • I’m about to sell my ground floor flat in Purley.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just had a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?

    Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should pay 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 managing agents 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 seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Purley. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Purley ?

    Most houses in Purley are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Purley in which case you should be shopping around for a Purley conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer should advise you fully on all the issues.

    I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without getting anywhere. Can I apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Purley conveyancing firm to help?

    Absolutely. We can put you in touch with a Purley conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Purley property is The Woodlands 95 Purley Park Road in April 2009. The Tribunals own valuation produced the figure of £37,912. This case affected 6 flats. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 78.32 years.

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