Questions and Answers: South Tottenham leasehold conveyancing
I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in South Tottenham. Before I get started I require certainty as to the unexpired term of the lease.
Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in South Tottenham - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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.
My partner and I may need to rent out our South Tottenham garden flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We used a South Tottenham conveyancing firm in 2003 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
Some leases for properties in South Tottenham do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.
Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a garden flat in South Tottenham. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in South Tottenham should include some of the following:
- You should receive a copy of the lease
I am attracted to a two flats in South Tottenham both have approximately forty five years unexpired on the leases. Will this present a problem?
There is no doubt about it. A leasehold apartment in South Tottenham is a wasting asset as a result of the shortening lease. The nearer the lease gets to its expiry date, the more it adversely affects the value of the premises. The majority of buyers and banks, leases with less than eighty years become less and less attractive. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the premises for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of a residence with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with South Tottenham conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. More often than not it is possible to negotiate informally with the freeholder to extend the lease They may agree to a smaller lump sum and an increase in the ground rent, but to shorter extension terms in return. You need to ensure that any new terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.
Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in South Tottenham from the perspective of expediting the sale process?
- A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in South Tottenham can be reduced if you appoint lawyers the minute your agents start marketing the property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ solicitors.
- If you have carried out any alterations to the residence would they have required Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? South Tottenham leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring require a licence issued by the Landlord approving such works. Should you fail to have the consents in place do not communicate with the landlord without checking with your lawyer in advance.
Having spent months of correspondence we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in South Tottenham. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?
in cases where there is a missing landlord or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the LVT to decide the amount due.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a South Tottenham residence is 22 Wakefield Road in January 2012. Following a vesting order Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court under section 26 of the Leasehold Reform,Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 on 9th May 2011 the Tribunal decided that the price that the Applicant for the freehold interest should pay is £17,400 This case was in relation to 2 flats. The remaining number of years on the lease was 74.13 years.