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Common questions relating to South Ruislip leasehold conveyancing

Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a garden flat in South Ruislip. Conveyancing solicitors assured me 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 South Ruislip should include some of the following:

  • The unexpired lease term You should be advised as what happens when the lease ends, and informed of the importance of the 80 year mark
  • The physical extent of the premises. This will be the property itself but could also include a loft or basement if applicable.
  • Whether the lease restricts you from letting out the property, or working from home
  • 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
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in South Ruislip please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in South Ruislip

  • I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently found out that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in South Ruislip. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    Most houses in South Ruislip are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in South Ruislip so you should seriously consider looking for a South Ruislip conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’spermission to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your conveyancer should appraise you on the various issues.

    My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in South Ruislip. Conveyancing and Barclays mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing solicitor in South Ruislip who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

    The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. You do not need to incur the fees of a South Ruislip conveyancing firm to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for a few pound. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful 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 South Ruislip conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a South Ruislip conveyancing firm) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you speak with several firms including non South Ruislip conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • How familiar is the firm with lease extension legislation?
  • What volume of lease extensions has the firm completed in South Ruislip in the last 12 months?

  • Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in South Ruislip from the point of view of saving time on the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in South Ruislip can be bypassed if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
    • The majority landlords or managing agents in South Ruislip charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management pack sought 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 common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in South Ruislip.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in South Ruislip state that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring calls for a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Should you fail to have the approvals in place do not contact the landlord without contacting your solicitor first.
  • If you have had any disputes with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved before the property is put on the market. The buyers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a property where there is an ongoing dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and pay any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to completion of the sale. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as over rather than unsettled.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you hold the original share certificate. Organising a replacement share certificate can be a lengthy formality and slows down many a South Ruislip conveyancing deal. Where a duplicate share certificate is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (if applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • I am the registered owner of a two-bedroom flat in South Ruislip. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum due for a lease extension?

    Where there is a missing landlord or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant statutes it is possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to calculate the price payable.

    An example of a Lease Extension case for a South Ruislip property is Flat 72 Queens Walk in January 2013. The Tribunals calculated the premium payable to be £22,090. This case related to 1 flat. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 53.26 years.

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