Shooter's Hill leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s
I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a basement flat in Shooter's Hill. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they are sending me a report within the next couple of days. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Shooter's Hill should include some of the following:
- You should receive a copy of the lease
Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Shooter's Hill. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Shooter's Hill conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Shooter's Hill conveyancing practice) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you speak with several firms including non Shooter's Hill conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be of use:
- If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?
Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Shooter's Hill with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?
- A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Shooter's Hill can be bypassed where you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ solicitors.
- If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Shooter's Hill leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such alterations. Should you dont have the consents in place do not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer first.
We expect to complete the disposal of our £175000 maisonette in Shooter's Hill in 5 days. The freeholder has quoted £396 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and 3 years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Shooter's Hill?
Shooter's Hill conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes often requires the buyer’s lawyer submitting enquiries for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to respond to such questions most will be willing to assist. They may invoice a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it is in excess of £800. The administration charge levied by the landlord must be sent together with a summary of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration fees, without which the invoice is not strictly payable. In reality you have little option but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to sell the property.
Having spent years of dialogue we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Shooter's Hill. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
Absolutely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Shooter's Hill conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Shooter's Hill residence is 103a Footscray Road in January 2014. The tribunal determines that the premium payable for the extended lease should be £34,500 according to the expert witness valuation calculation This case related to 1 flat.